In order for a doctor to be registered within a vocational scope of practice, the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) must be satisfied that the doctor has qualifications, training and experience equivalent to that of a New Zealand trained specialist.
To qualify for registration the doctor must:
- have passed, or been exempted from passing, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) English test
- be fit for registration (Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 s16), and
- be able to assure MCNZ that he or she has qualifications, training and experience equivalent to that of a New Zealand trained doctor registered in the same vocational scope, and
- be capable of independent, unsupervised practice, and
- be competent to practise medicine within the vocational scope for which he or she has applied, and
- be intending to practise in New Zealand.
The vocational pathway is not a training pathway for international medical graduates (IMGs).
Applications cannot be made directly to the College either in New Zealand or Australia.
All enquiries regarding the application process for registration in New Zealand are to be made to the MCNZ. Information and application forms can be downloaded from the MCNZ website at: http://www.mcnz.org.nz/
The MCNZ will expect applicant doctors to have completed the MCNZ online Self Assessment for Registration for an indication of the New Zealand standards they will be compared to. Please click here to access the form.
Applications must be made in a recognised Vocational Scope of Practice, requirements for which are listed on the MCNZ website.