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Recertification programmes

Recertification programmes apply to:

  • specialist doctors within a vocational scope of practice, including FRNZCGP general practice doctors
  • general scope doctors (except those in PGY2 who are completing the intern training programme).

All doctors in New Zealand must participate in ongoing education in order to be eligible to renew their practising certificate every year. The Medical Council accredits the Continual Professional Development (CPD) programmes offered by the medical colleges and audits compliance by doctors.

General scope recertification

All doctors registered in a general scope of practice, (except those in PGY2, a vocational training programme, those limited to non-clinical practice, and those who are also registered in a vocational scope of practice), are required to join the Inpractice recertification programme that has been approved by the Council. 

Inpractice recertification + professional development

For more information about this programme, please visit www.inpractice.org.nz

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Vocational scope recertification

Vocational training of specialists is the responsibility of the specialist medical colleges. Each medical college manages the training and recertification programmes for particular vocational areas of medicine. These programmes are accredited by the Medical Council against the relevant standards and are managed and administered by the specialist colleges. Specialist qualifications in New Zealand are fellowships of the specialist colleges gained after meeting the relevant training and examination requirements.

Every doctor who holds vocational registration (whether through Fellowship of the relevant NZ/Australasian postgraduate qualification, or through recognition of their international postgraduate qualifications), must recertify by being enrolled with and participating in the CPD programme offered by the medical college responsible for the area of vocational practice that the doctor practises in.

Information about recertification programmes for each vocational scope/branch of medicine/specialisation is available here.

Anaesthesia 

New Zealand National Committee, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
(continuing professional development)
www.anzca.org.nz

Cardiothoracic surgery

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Cardiothoracic Surgery
(continuing professional development)
www.surgeons.org

Clinical genetics

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
(continuing professional development)
www.racp.org.nz

Dermatology

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
(continuing professional development)
www.racp.org.nz

or

New Zealand Dermatological Society
(continuing professional development)
www.nzdsi.org.nz

Diagnostic and interventional radiology

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
(continuing professional development)
www.ranzcr.edu.au

Emergency medicine

New Zealand Faculty, Australian College of Emergency Medicine
(continuing professional development)
www.acem.org.au/cpd 

Family planning/reproductive health

Family Planning
www.familyplanning.org.nz

General practice

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
(continuing professional development/maintenance of professional standards)
www.rnzcgp.org.nz

General surgery

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in General Surgery
(continuing professional development)
www.surgeons.org

Intensive care medicine

College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand
(maintenance of professional standards)
www.cicm.org.au

Internal medicine

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
(continuing professional development)
www.racp.org.nz

Medical administration

The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators
(continuing education programme)
racma.edu.au

Musculoskeletal medicine

New Zealand Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine
(continuing education programme)
www.musculoskeletal.co.nz (gina checking)

Neurosurgery

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
(continuing professional development)
www.surgeons.org

Obstetrics and gynaecology

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist
(continuing professional development)
www.ranzcog.edu.au

Occupational medicine

Australasian Faculty of Occupational and environmental Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
(continuing professional development)
www.racp.edu.au/page/racp-faculties/australasian-faculty-of-occupational-and-environmental-medicine

Ophthalmology

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
(continuing professional development)
www.ranzco.edu

Oral and maxillofacial surgery

The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
(continuing professional development)
www.racds.org

Orthopaedic surgery

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Orthopaedic Surgery
(continuing professional development)
www.surgeons.org

or

New Zealand Orthopaedic Association
(continuing professional development)

www.nzoa.org.nz

Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
(continuing professional development)
www.surgeons.org

Paediatric surgery

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Paediatric Surgery
(continuing professional development)
www.surgeons.org

Paediatrics

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Paediatrics
(continuing professional development)
www.racp.org.nz

Palliative medicine

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Palliatve Care
(continuing professional development)
www.racp.org.nz

Pathology

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia
(continuing education/continual professional development)
www.rcpa.edu.au

Plastic and reconstructive surgery

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
(continuing professional development)
www.surgeons.org

Psychiatry

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
(continuing medical education/continuing professional development)
www.ranzcp.org

Public health medicine

The Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
(continuing professional development)
www.racp.edu.au

or

The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine
(continuing professional development)
www.nzcphm.org.nz

Radiation oncology

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
(continuing professional development)
www.ranzcr.edu.au

Rehabilitation medicine

The Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
(continuing professional development)
www.racp.edu.au

Rural hospital medicine

Division of Rural Hospital Medicine New Zealand, The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
(recertification)
www.rnzcgp.org.nz

Sexual health medicine

The Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
(continuing professional development)
www.racp.edu.au

Sport and exercise medicine

Sport and Exercise Physicians
(continuing professional development)
www.acsep.org.au

Urgent care

Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care
(recertification programme)
www.rnzcuc.org.nz

Note: this was previously known as Accident & Medical Practice

Urology

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Urology
(continuing professional development)
www.surgeons.org

Vascular surgery

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Vascular Surgery
(continuing professional development)
www.surgeons.org

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