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Provisional vocational registration

If you, as an international medical graduate (IMG), apply for vocational registration and your application is successful, you will have to complete a period working under provisional vocational registration.

Purpose of provisional vocational registration

While working under provisional vocational registration, you will be supervised by a specialist doctor in the same area of medicine and you may have to undergo further assessment in order to satisfy us that you are competent to practise independently as a specialist in New Zealand.

While working under provisional vocational registration, your supervisor and employer will support and guide you, as you adjust to your new workplace and the New Zealand health system.

We will decide how long you will be required to work under provisional vocational registration. The maximum period is 18 months.

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Provisional vocational registration pathways

Supervision pathway

You will be granted provisional vocational registration to work under supervision if we decide you:

  • have qualifications, training and experience equivalent to that of a New Zealand vocationally trained medical practitioner registered in the same vocational scope of practice
  • will be able to achieve registration in a vocational scope of practice within 12 months of obtaining registration in a provisional vocational scope.

You will have to complete the following requirements:

  • 6-12 months of satisfactory supervised practice
  • enrol in the VEAB continuing professional development programme.

Assessment pathway

You will be granted provisional vocational registration to work under assessment if we decide you:

  • have qualifications, training and experience as satisfactory as that of a New Zealand vocationally trained medical practitioner registered in the same vocational scope of practice
  • will be able to achieve registration in a vocational scope of practice within 18 months of obtaining registration in a provisional vocational scope.

You will need to complete the following requirements:

  • 12-18 months of satisfactory supervised practice
  • enrol in the VEAB continuing professional development programme
  • a form of assessment.

Forms of assessment

You may have to complete one or more of the following:

  • a vocational practice assessment (VPA)¬†
  • the VEAB examination
  • a period at a tertiary centre
  • a logbook to be reviewed by the VEAB at the end of the assessment period
  • continuing medical education courses recommended by the VEAB
  • other forms of assessment, with evidence showing how an assessment is relevant to qualifications, training and experience.

Vocational practice assessment

A vocational practice assessment (VPA) is a one day workplace assessment, during which you will be visited by two assessors (specialists in the same area of medicine), who will interview you and your colleagues, review your records and observe your practice.

We will tell you if you have to undergo a VPA. The VPA will take place once you have completed 12-18 months of satisfactory supervised practice.

The purpose of the VPA is to assess your competence by confirming that you are:

  • practising at the level of a doctor holding the New Zealand/Australasian postgraduate qualification
  • practising at the level of a doctor registered in the same vocational scope of practice
  • competent to practise independently and unsupervised in the relevant vocational scope of practice.

Vocational registration

Once you have completed all of the requirements for vocational registration, you will need to apply for a change of your registration from provisional vocational to vocational and provide evidence that you have completed all requirements. If we consider that you have satisfactorily completed all requirements, you will be granted vocational registration.

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