Vocational registration

If you hold an overseas postgraduate medical qualification, you may be eligible to practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Te Kaunihera Rata o Aotearoa | Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) is the regulatory authority responsible for granting medical registration. It protects the health and safety of the public by ensuring practitioners are competent and fit to practice.


Use MCNZ's Registration self assessment tool to determine which pathway to registration you're eligible for.

Check your training, qualifications, assessments and experience meet the eligibility requirements. If you have:

  • limited experience at the level of a consultant physician or paediatrician, you must have a minimum of 4 years accredited overseas specialist training *

  • less than 4 years of accredited overseas specialist training, you must have a minimum of 3 years consultant experience at the level of an Australasian trained physician or paediatrician in your specialty

If you cannot meet these requirements, contact us before applying.

* Training must be formally recognised in your country of training.

RACP’s role

During the application process, we work with the MCNZ as a Vocational Education Advisory Body (VEAB) to:

  • assess the equivalency of your qualifications, training and experience compared to an Australasian-trained physician or paediatrician
  • provide a recommendation to the MCNZ

See our Policy on the assessment of OTPs (PDF).

The MCNZ make the final decision on whether you're granted registration. Direct all enquiries regarding your application to MCNZ.

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