Fitness to Practice
When applying for registration you must be able to demonstrate to the Board that you are a fit person to practise in the profession of medical radiation technology.
Requirements for fitness for registration in New Zealand
Section 16 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 provides that you may not be registered to practise in New Zealand if:
- you do not satisfy the Board that you can communicate effectively
- you do not satisfy the Board that you can speak and understand English well enough to protect the health and safety of the public
- you have been convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment for a term of three months or longer, and that reflects adversely on your fitness to practise
- you have a mental or physical condition that prevents you from performing the functions required for the practice of your profession
- you face professional disciplinary proceedings that reflect adversely on your fitness to practise
- you are being investigated about a matter that may be the subject of professional disciplinary proceedings, and that investigation reflects adversely on your fitness to practise
- you are subject to an order of a professional disciplinary tribunal, an educational institution or of an authority or a similar body that reflects adversely on your fitness to practise
- we have reason to believe that you may endanger the health and safety of the public
If you have been convicted as per above, you must be able to satisfy the Board that the offence does not reflect adversely on your fitness to practise in the profession of medical radiation technology.
English language requirements
The fitness for registration criteria of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 requires you to demonstrate that you speak and understand English to a level sufficient to protect the health and safety of the public.
Effective English and communications skills are a prerequisite to practise in New Zealand. Without such skills you cannot offer patients informed consent and ensure effective participation in treatment choices.
To satisfy the English language requirement you must meet one of the following:
- you have graduated from a programme accredited by the Board
- English is your first language
- you have passed a Board -approved English test to the required level.
Board-approved English tests
The Board will accept results from an IELTS test
- The IELTS results must be for the academic version and record a score of 7 in each band with overall score of 7.5
- The results must be from one sitting
- The results must be from an IELTS test completed within two years of the registration application
For more information on undertaking an IELTS assessment click here: www.ielts.org
Criminal history checks
The following criminal history checks are accepted by the Board:
- United Kingdom ACRO
- Australia AFP
- South Africa South African Police Service Clearance Certificate
- Canada RCMP
- United States of America FBI
- Philippines NBI Clearance
For countries not on this list, please check the Immigration New Zealand website.