Overseas-Trained Applicants

If you hold an overseas qualification your education and experience must equip you with clinical and theoretical knowledge and skills, at least equivalent to the competencies of a New Zealand graduate.

Registration is dependent on the applicant meeting three distinct, but interrelated requirements of:

  1. Holding a qualification which is assessed by the Board as equivalent or as satisfactory as a prescribed qualification.
  2. Having appropriate post-qualification clinical experience
  3. Meeting fitness to practise (English language proficiency and good standing)

Changes to the Assessment of Overseas Qualifications

The Board has revised the way it assesses the qualifications of overseas- trained practitioners.  All overseas qualifications are subject to a formal assessment using a set of standard criteria.  The criteria include:

  • Does the applicant’s qualification enable them to apply for registration (or licensure) and/or allows them to practise without condition or restriction as a medical imaging practitioner in the country where the programme of study was completed?

  • Is the education provider subject to and do they meet external quality assurance?

  • Has a registration authority accredited the programme of study?

  • Does the education level of qualification meet the required minimum level against the New Zealand Qualification Framework?

  • Is the focus of the programme of study in the scope of practice for which the applicant is seeking New Zealand registration?

  • Does the programme include clinical practice in addition to academic learning and is there an assessment of clinical competence?

 If a qualification is assessed as equivalent to, or as satisfactory as a prescribed qualification, the application for registration may proceed for further consideration of the fitness to practise and post-qualification experience requirements.

 If a qualification is deemed to be not equivalent to a prescribed qualification, or there is some doubt as to whether it meets equivalency status, the Board may decline the application or offer the applicant a registration pathway.  The pathway could be an online examination or a registration examination assessment (REA). The Board is phasing out REA’s in favour of the online examination.

Qualifications previously assessed

The change in the assessment process means that the outcomes of some registration applications may differ from registration decisions made prior to 1st July 2019. 

 Effective from 1st July 2019, providing a qualification (from the same educational institution and the same graduation year) has been previously assessed, it will not be subject to further assessment.  However, the Board will assess the fitness to practise and post-qualification experience of an applicant.  Registration will only be granted if the applicant meets all three registration requirements.

 Applications assessed prior to 1st July 2019 do not set a precedent for benchmarking or comparing those applications with applications received after 31st January 2020.

How can I find out if my qualification has been previously assessed?

There is a pre-registration tool on the website.  Click on the “Register online” button, select the scope of practice you are seeking registration in and enter your qualification details.  Click on “Check Qualification Status”.  Then one of the following status will be displayed:

  • No assessment
  • Approved
  • Approved with conditions
  • Declined

 Note, if your granting institution and/or qualification is not on the drop-down list it means the Board has not received an application from an applicant with the same qualification as you.  When entering your qualification details make sure you enter the correct name of the granting institution and the qualification. 

Fitness to practice and English language requirements

Effective English and communications skills are a prerequisite to practise in New Zealand.

All registration applicants must meet the Board's English language requirements.  Refer to the policy to find out if you are required to undertake the IELTS assessment.

For more information regarding IELTS go to www.ielts.org

For more information regarding the fitness to practise requirements for registration click here.

You can submit an application for registration online through the ‘Register online’ button.  Once your application has been made, you will be able to upload the required supporting documentation electronically through your online profile.

Please note, your application will not register on our database until payment of the registration fee has been made.

Each application for registration is assessed on an individual basis.

Required documentation

To support your application for registration, you will need to provide:

  • A certified copy of your qualification; 
  • A certified copy of your academic transcript;
  • If applicable, copy of your clinical log book detailing examinations/procedures completed during clinical component of qualification;
  • Two Certificates of Good Character that ha­ve been completed by persons unrelated to you, and one of whom is a practising medical imaging and/or radiation therapy practitioner;
  • Certificates of Employment covering the 5 years of employment prior to the date of your application; 
  • MRTB Clinical Experience Form (relevant to the scope of practice you are applying for registration in);
  • Evidence of name change if applicable (certified copy of your marriage, birth or deed poll certificate);
  • A copy of your IELTS examination results (if required); 
  • Curriculum Vitae; 
  • A copy of the full course curriculum (in English) for the qualification programme you undertook; 
  • One passport-style photograph signed with your signature and certified to be a true likeness of yourself (stating your name) by a person authorised to make statutory declarations in the country you are residing in;
  • If you are registered with a licensing/registration authority in your home country or any other country, please provide a certified copy of your registration certificate;
  • Certificate of Good Standing from each licensing/registration authority you are or have been registered with.  The Certificate of Good Standing should state that there are no outstanding complaints against you in regard to your conduct as a health professional. The certificate must not be more than 6 months old at the date of your application;
  • A letter from professional accreditation body confirming accreditation/recognition of the programme of study you completed for registration or license to practice;
  • A criminal record check, or equivalent, from every country you have resided in, for one year or more, from the age of 16. The document must be an original or certified copy and must be issued within 3 months prior to the date of your application.  Please note, criminal record checks issued by a third party will not be accepted.

Documents can be certified as a true copy by a Solicitor, Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, Officer of the Court or any other person authorised to make statutory declarations in the country you are residing in.

A Certificate of Good Character and MRTB Clinical Experience Form templates can be found on the publications page of the Board website.

Criminal history checks

The following criminal history checks are accepted by the Board:

For countries not on this list, please check the Immigration New Zealand website.

Your application can take up to 8-10 weeks to be processed. If you do not provide all required documentation at the time of submitting your application this will impact on the time taken to process your application.