Ceasing to Practise and Returning to Practise
Are you planning on moving overseas, or to stop practising?
If you are a registered medical imaging and/or radiation therapy practitioner and plan to leave New Zealand to work overseas, you must notify the Board and leave details of your new contact address.
If you gain employment in the medical radiation technology profession overseas you may be required to provide your employer/relevant registration body with evidence of your registration and competence to practise when in New Zealand. You may apply to the Board to provide you with a Letter of Good Standing.
Do you want to return to practising?
If you are returning to practice you need to apply for an APC before commencing work. When you apply please provide the following documents:
- Current Curriculum Vitae;
- Two supporting written professional references
- MRTB clinical experience form (detailing your most recent clinical practice)
In addition, if you have been practising overseas since you last held an APC you will need to provide a Certificate of Good Standing from the registration body in each country you have practised in since you last held an APC in New Zealand.
The principal purpose of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 is to protect the health and safety of the public by providing for mechanisms to ensure that medical imaging and/or radiation therapy practitioners are competent and fit to practise the profession of medical radiation technology.
If you are a registered medical imaging and/or radiation therapy practitioners but have not worked in the profession for at least three years, you will be required to demonstrate to the Board that you are competent and fit to practise before being issued with an annual practising certificate (APC).
The Board uses a number of mechanisms to ensure you are competent and fit to practise depending on the number of years you have been absent from the medical radiation technology profession. Please note the following mechanisms are guidelines only and each application is considered on an individual basis.
Absence between 3 - 5 Years:
If you have not practised in medical imaging and/or radiation therapy practitioners for the last 3-5 years you may be required to work under the supervision of another registered medical imaging and/or radiation therapy practitioners. This requires maintaining a logbook and sign-off from your supervisor. You will still need to hold an APC, but it would be issued with a supervisor condition which will be removed once you have completed your logbook and your supervisor has signed it off.
Absence between 5 - 10 Years:
If you have not practised for the last 5-10 years, the Board may offer you the opportunity to sit a Registration Examination Assessment (REA) to evaluate your competence to practise as a medical imaging and/or radiation therapy practitioners in the relevant scope of practice, and for the purpose of issuing you with an APC.
Absence over 10 Years:
If you have not practised as a medical imaging and/or radiation therapy practitioners for more than 10 years, the Board may recommend you undertake re-training. You may be eligible to cross-credit some of your qualifications to a current education provider.
Currently practising in one Scope but not practised in another scope for over 10 years:
If you are currently registered and practising in one scope of practice and wish to apply for an APC in another scope of practice for which you hold registration but have not practised for more than 10 years, the Board will consider your application on a case-by-case basis.