Registration Examination

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.

NM, 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.


Online Examination


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 (; 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.


Due to COVID-19 no test centres will be available to sit the examination. You will need to complete your examination online. 

The online examination will be administered by Kryterion Inc. a company located in Arizona, USA. The online examination is an online proctoring set-up. Online proctoring means that you will log on to a test platform through the internet to take your test and you will be monitored by a proctor employed by Kryterion Inc during your entire testing session in real-time.  This will involve your face, voice, desk and workspace being captured via a webcam and a recording will be made of these images for the purposes of test security and the integrity of the testing process.

The requirements, including computer set-up,materials, IT support and how to launch the online examination can be found here.

If you are currently enrolled to sit the Online Exam please contact the Examinations Coordinator for any further information.


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.

Identification required:

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 quarterly. You will have a two week period during this time to sit and complete the online examination at your chosen test centre.

Key dates:

The dates for the online examination (all scopes) for 2021 are:


Registration open date – 19 February 

Registration close date – 28 February


Exam open date –5 March

Exam close date – 15 March


For more information about the structure, content and conduct of the examination please read and review the MRTB’s Candidates Handbook.