If you are an overseas qualified practitioner and you do not hold a qualification that is approved as being "substantially equivalent", but do have significant clinical experience in the relevant scope of practice, the Board may offer you an opportunity to sit a registration examination as a path to gaining registration in New Zealand.
MIT, RT Applicants:
From November 2019, MIT and RT candidates who meet the above criteria will only be offered the online examination.
Between November 2019 and February 2020 NM applicants who have been offered a registration examination, can choose to sit either an REA or an online examination. You must commence the REA or sit the online examination within 12 months of the date that you received the offer.
From March 2020, NM candidates who meet the above criteria will only be offered the online examination.
MRI and SON Applicants:
MRI and SON applications who meet the above criteria will continue to be offered the REA until further notice.
Please note, if you choose to enrol in the online examination, you will not subsequently be able to elect to complete a REA.
For more information on the REA process please click here.
You are only eligible to sit the online examination if you:
- are an overseas trained practitioner; and
- have submitted a completed overseas registration application and paid via the MRTB’s website (www.mrtboard.org.nz); and
- the MRTB’s Registration Committee have reviewed your application, and deemed that your qualification is not equivalent to the required New Zealand standard; and
- you have been offered to sit and pass the online examination for the purpose of registration under the Health Practitioners Competences Assurance Act 2003.
Registering for the online examination:
Once payment has been confirmed and the Examination Rules Agreement has been signed and returned, we will provide you with the URL to the online examination portal and a unique authorisation code.
The exam will be held in approved exam centres, predominantly in main cities located in the following countries:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
Test centres are managed by a specialist testing agency, Kryterion Global Testing Solutions. You can find the locations of the test centres here.
When you register for an examination you will be able to select one of the approved examination centres that is most convenient for you.
The MRTB’s online examination will be delivered through an online environment – that is you will sit at a computer terminal in the exam centre.
The exam will be overseen by an examination supervisor whose role is to verify your identity and to ensure that the instructions specified by the MRTB are carried out.
You will be required to provide the exam supervisor with two forms of identification, one of which must be a current, valid government-issued photo identification. You must also provide your unique authorisation code.
Should the exam supervisor have a reasonable concern about your ability to properly establish your identity or there is concern that identity documents are being misused, you will be refused access to the exam. Anyone who is refused access to the exam forfeits the prepaid examination fee.
Number of Examinations:
The online examination will be held four times a year – October, January, April and July. You will have a two week period during this time to sit and complete the online examination at your chosen test centre.
The dates for the MIT, RT and NM online examination for 2020 are:
Registration opens on Monday 13 January and closes Friday 31 January 2020.You will be required to sit the online examination between 10 – 21 February 2020.
Registration opens on Monday 13 April and closes Friday 1 May 2020.You will be required to sit the online examination between 11 – 22 May 2020.
Further online examination dates for 2020 will be advised in December 2019.
For more information about the structure, content and conduct of the examination please read and review the MRTB’s Candidates Handbook.