All Australian applicants registered under the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) may apply for registration in New Zealand under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act (TTMRA) pathway. Please note, this only applies to medical imaging and radiation therapy practitioners.
If you are practising in Sonography or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology you must apply for registration as an overseas-trained applicant.
Applying for an APC
You must wait until you are a resident in New Zealand or can provide evidence of your move to New Zealand before applying for an APC. Once you are registered, and before you begin working in New Zealand, you must apply to the Board for an annual practising certificate (APC).
Providing your application is received with all the required documentation and the full registration fee payment you can expect to receive confirmation of your registration within 30 days.
Once registered, you must complete the Cultural Competency and Cultural Safety and Te Tiriti o Waitangi and The Treaty of Waitangi and Healthcare modules within six months of commencing practising in New Zealand www.mauriora.co.nz.
All new overseas-trained applicants who apply for and gain registration must complete:
- the Mauriora Foundation Courses in Cultural Competency and Cultural Safety and Te Tiriti o Waitangi and The Treaty of Waitangi and Healthcare mauriora.co.nz; and
- the Clarify courses - Obligations of Health Practitioners under the HPCA Act and the Health Information Privacy.
All four courses must be completed within six months of commencing practice in New Zealand.
You will be issued with an Interim Practising Certificate initially and once you have completed and provided evidence of completion of the required courses, you will be issued with an Annual Practising Certificate at no additional cost.
To apply for registration, you will need to provide:
A certified copy of your qualification (this may also be referred to as your Diploma or Degree). A photocopy may be certified as a true copy by a solicitor, Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, or an Officer of the Court.
- 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.
- A certified copy of your AHPRA registration certificate.
- The Board will contact AHPRA direct to request verification of your registration (letter of good standing).
- Evidence of name change if applicable (certified copy of your marriage, birth or deed poll certificate).
- One passport-style photograph signed with your signature, and certified to be a true likeness of yourself (stating your name) by a solicitor, Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, or an Officer of the Court.
- A criminal conviction notice that is no more than six months old from each country you have lived and worked in for more than 12 months.
- Please ensure all current and previous names are included in the check.
Please note: Only the following criminal history checks will be accepted by the Board:
- United Kingdom ACRO
- Australia AFP
- South Africa South African Police Service Clearance Certificate
- Canada RCMP – Please ensure this is a fingerprint check
- United States of America FBI
- Philippines NBI clearance
For countries not on this list, please check with the Board. The Immigration New Zealand website may provide some guidance.
Please note, criminal check certificates issued by a third party will not be accepted.
You must pay the required fee at the time you submit your application. No refund will be given if your application is unsuccessful.