Annual Practising Certificates
If you wish to work in New Zealand as a medical imaging and/or radiation therapy practitioners you must hold a current annual practising certificate (APC).
You will be granted an APC if the Board is satisfied that you meet the criteria set out in section 27 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. You will need to provide evidence that you:
- are fit to practise
- have maintained the standard of competence required for your scope of practice
- have held an APC within the 3 years immediately before your application
- have lawfully practised your profession within the 3 years immediately before the application
- have complied with any condition included on your scope of practice
- do not have a health condition that adversely affects your ability to practise.
For new graduates of New Zealand accredited qualification programmes, competence is "deemed" if you apply for an APC within a year of graduation. Accordingly the requirements for having held an APC within the 3 years immediately before your application do not apply.
Working Without an APC:
As a registered medical radiation technologist (any scope of practice) you are responsible for ensuring you apply for an annual practising certificate and that an application renewal is submitted to the Board for each year you intend to work in the New Zealand medical imaging industry.
It is an offence to practise without an APC, if you do so you may be:
- prosecuted by the Ministry of Health and liable to a fine of up to $10,000 and
- liable to disciplinary proceedings before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal and cancellation of your registration.
The Board expects employers to ensure that all staff practising the profession of medical radiation technology and who are registered with the Board will hold a current annual practising certificate irrespective of their tenure and employment conditions.
Clinical hours requirement
If you apply for an APC in one scope of practice you must have completed, within the 3 years prior to your application, a minimum of 880 clinical hours with at least 360 of those involving patient contact.
If you wish to apply for an APC in more than one scope of practice you must have completed, within the 3 years prior to your application, at least 360 hours of patient contact for each scope of practice.
The addition hours to make up 880 clinical hours (520 hours for single scope, 160 hours for dual scope), may include any combination of:
- Patient contact,
- Direct supervision of staff in clinical practice,
- Delivery of educational activities,
- Quality assurance directly related to the delivery of medical radiation technology/radiation therapy,
- Research activities which inform medical imaging/radiation therapy practice.
If you do not meet these required clinical hours, whether you are practising in a single or multiple scopes, you may be issued with an APC that includes a condition requiring you to work under supervision until you can satisfy the Board that you have met the required number of clinical hours.