Fitness to Practise and English Language Requirements

When applying for registration you must be able to demonstrate to the Council that you are a fit person to practise in the profession of medical laboratory science or anaesthetic technology.

Requirements for Fitness for Registration in New Zealand

Section 16 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 provides that you may not be registered to practise in New Zealand if: 

  • you do not satisfy us that you can communicate effectively
  • you do not satisfy us that you can speak and understand English well enough to protect the health and safety of the public 
  • you have been convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment for a term of three months or longer, and that reflects adversely on your fitness to practise
  • you have a mental or physical condition that prevents you from performing the functions required for the practice of your profession
  • you face professional disciplinary proceedings that reflect adversely on your fitness to practise
  • you are being investigated about a matter that may be the subject of professional disciplinary proceedings, and that investigation reflects adversely on your fitness to practise
  • you are subject to an order of a professional disciplinary tribunal, an educational institution or of an authority or a similar body that reflects adversely on your fitness to practise
  • we have reason to believe that you may endanger the health and safety of the public

If you have been convicted as per above, you must be able to satisfy the Council that the offence does not reflect adversely on your fitness to practise in the profession of medical laboratory science or anaesthetic technology.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language is an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) must be provided. 

  • The IELTS results must be for the academic version and record a score of 7 in each band with overall score of 7.5. 
  • The results must be from one sitting, and the results must be from an IELTS test
  • And must be completed within two years of the registration application.

What Happens next?

If your qualification has not been previously approved by the Council you may be asked to provide a full transcript of your qualification (in English) to allow the Council to have that qualification assessed against the New Zealand qualification prescribed for registration in the profession of medical laboratory science or anaesthetic technology.

If your qualification has been previously approved by the Council and providing the Council has received all the required documents and they have been accurately completed, along with the fees payment, you can expect to be informed of the outcome of your application within 10 days of its receipt.

If your qualification needs to be assessed your application is likely to take at least 4-6 weeks to process.

Not Yet Arrived in New Zealand?

Please note that while you can apply for registration while still living overseas, when you want to practise in New Zealand you will need to hold an annual practising certificate (APC).  You cannot apply for an APC until you are either resident in New Zealand or are able to provide the Council with supporting evidence of your pending move to New Zealand.