VOC1 Vocational (specialist) registration

VOC1 (specialist) registration is for doctors who hold an approved New Zealand / Australasian postgraduate qualification and already hold registration in the General scope of practice.

Registration as a specialist in New Zealand requires specific training, qualifications and standards - the requirements for this pathway are outlined here.


You can apply for registration through this pathway if you:

  • are registered in the General scope of practice
  • hold an approved postgraduate qualification from New Zealand or Australia.

If you do not hold General registration, but hold a primary medical degree from New Zealand or Australia, you may choose to apply for general registration first, before applying for vocational registration or alternatively apply via the VOC2 pathway.

Application process

If you meet all the prerequisites you can make this application online through myMCNZ. To make an application:

  • 1
    Log into myMCNZ using your username and password.

    If you don't have a username and password, or are unsure of these details, please contact us.

    myMCNZ is Council's online portal for doctors.
  • 2
    Once you are logged in, click on the Do it online tab at the top of the page.
  • 3
    On the Do it online tab, click Vocational Registration.

    If you don't see this option, please contact us.

  • 4
    On the Vocational Registration page, click Request Vocational registration now
  • 5
    We process your application

    Vocational applications will take 10 working days to be processed, from the date we receive a complete application. If you choose to submit an application for General registration, first, 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.

Additional requirements if you've 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.

If you also need to apply for general

If you do not hold General registration, but hold a primary medical degree from New Zealand or Australia, and are intending to apply for general, the forms below are the ones you'll need.

  • REG1

    Application for registration in New Zealand

  • CHKL1

    New Zealand and Australian graduates: This checklist will help you to confirm your eligibility for registration, tell you what documents you need to provide, and will tell you what documents you need to have verified at source by EPIC.

Applying for a practising certificate

If you do not hold a current practising certificate, and are intending to practise medicine in New Zealand, please also request a practising certificate application.