Policy on registration in a vocational scope
This page sets out the requirements you must meet before we can register you in a vocational scope.
The requirements will depend on whether you hold an approved postgraduate qualification from New Zealand or Australia, or whether you have a postgraduate qualification from somewhere else.
Requirements for registration
If you wish to register in a vocational scope of practice you must:
- satisfy the requirements of Council's Policy on registration in New Zealand
- hold the prescribed qualification (ie a combination of qualifications, training and experience) that is assessed as being equivalent to or as satisfactory as the relevant approved qualification
- be fit for registration (Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCAA), section 16)
- be competent to practise medicine in the vocational scope applied for
- meet our English language requirements
- complete a period of practice in a provisional vocational scope of practice (if applicable)
- complete any assessment requirements within a provisional vocational period
- be competent to practise independently and unsupervised.
Doctors without an approved postgraduate qualification
If you are applying for registration in a vocational scope and do not hold an approved Australasian postgraduate medical qualification such as a Fellowship, Diploma or Certificate, your training, qualiifcations and experience will first need to be assessed to see whether they are equivalent to those of a locally trained specialist. There is a separate policy for this pathway to registration.