How to Apply for Registration

When you apply to the Medical Sciences Council for registration as a medical laboratory scientist or a medical laboratory technician you will be required to provide a number of documents as evidence that you have the required qualifications and experience that demonstrate you are competent and fit to practise in the relevant scope of practice in the profession of medical laboratory science.

If you do not provide all the required information plus the registration fee, processing of your application may be delayed.

Applications from persons who hold a qualification that is either not prescribed or has not been deemed as being substantially equivalent to the prescribed qualifications, usually take longer to process to allow the Council time to assess the particular qualification.

New Zealand Graduates

This section contains information on how to register according to the type of qualification you hold:

Registration as a Medical Laboratory Scientist - Graduates of the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science Degree

Registration as a Medical Laboratory Scientist - Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Science Qualification Programme

Registration as a Medical Laboratory Scientist - Holders of a New Zealand Qualification that is Substantially Equivalent.

Registration as a Medical Laboratory Scientist - Holders of Any Other New Zealand Qualification

Registration as a Medical Laboratory Technician - Graduates of the QMLT/QPT/QDT Qualifications Programmes

Registration as a Medical Laboratory Technician - Holders of a New Zealand Qualification that is Substantially Equivalent.

Registration as a Medical Laboratory Technician - Holders of Any Other New Zealand Qualification

Australian Registered

The Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act (TTMRA) came into effect on 1st May 1998.  It provides for the mutual recognition of regulatory standards adopted in Australia and New Zealand regarding goods and occupations.

Because health practitioners working in the profession of medical laboratory science in Australia are not required to be registered, the TTMRA does not apply to applicants with an Australian qualification who wish to apply for registration as a medical laboratory scientist or medical laboratory technician with the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand.

Qualified Overseas

If you hold an overseas qualification you must be able to satisfy the Council that your education and experience equips you with clinical and theoretical knowledge and skills which are at least equivalent to the competencies of a New Zealand graduate at point of entry to the Register.

This section contains information on how to register according to the type of qualification you hold:

Registration as a Medical Laboratory Scientist - Holders of an Overseas Qualification that is Substantially Equivalent.

Registration as a Medical Laboratory Scientist - Holders of Any Other Overseas Qualification

Registration as a Medical Laboratory Technician - Holders of an Overseas Qualification that is Substantially Equivalent.

Registration as a Medical Laboratory Technician - Holders of Any Other Overseas Qualification

Graduate Diploma

Another route to registration as a medical laboratory scientist is via completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science qualification and work experience requirements.

You can apply to enroll in the Graduate Diploma in Science if you are a registered medical laboratory technician and have worked for at least 12 months fulltime in a suitable medical laboratory (either in New Zealand or overseas) prior to commencement of the Graduate Diploma Programme.