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VOC 1 Vocational (specialist) registration

You can apply if you:

• hold general registration with us
• hold an approved New Zealand / Australasian postgraduate qualification

Note: If you do not hold general registration, but hold a primary medical degree from New Zealand or Australia, you will need to apply for general registration before your application for vocational registration can be processed.

Registration requirements

Under New Zealand law (HPCAA 2003) a doctor can only be registered in a vocational scope if they meet all three of the following requirements:

  • hold the prescribed qualification. For this pathway to vocational registration, the prescribed qualification is any of the New Zealand / Australasian postgraduate qualifications listed.
  • is fit for registration
  • is competent to practise in the relevant vocational scope of practice.

Forms to complete

All applicants must complete a:

VOC1 form and include the supporting documentation listed on the form.

Worked overseas: If you have worked overseas immediately prior to making an application for vocational registration, then you will also need to provide two referee reports, completed by specialists in the same area of medicine in which you are applying, who are familiar with your current practice.

Download RP6 form 

No practising certificate: If you do not hold general registration and a current practising certificate, please also request an APC1 form

General registration: If you do not already hold general registration, you will need to apply.

Download REG1 form

Download CHKL1 form

Note: The two referee reports requested above can also be used for a general registration application, and a third is required.

Application processing

Vocational applications will take 10 working days to be processed, from the date we receive a complete application. If you must also submit an application for general registration, the process will take an additional 20 working days.

Vocational registration staff will contact you if further information is required and to let you know whether your application has been approved.

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