Recertification (CPD) Programmes

The Council's recertification programme framework is based on a continuing professional development (CPD) model.

A condition of being issued with an APC is that the medical laboratory scientist must provide evidence of enrolment and satisfactory progress in, a Council-approved recertification programme.  Medical laboratory technicians must be able to provide evidence of they have undertaken at least 8 hours of professional development activity in the previous twelve-month period.

If a medical laboratory scientist fails to meet the points/credits requirements of their recertification programme the Council may decide to issue the practitioner with an APC which will require working under supervision until such time as the Council receives evidence of satisfactory performance in a recertification programme.  See bottom of this page to download a copy of the Council's Working Under Supervision or Direction Policy

While you can apply to the Council for an exemption from a recertification programme, exemption is an exception rather than a rule and will not be approved on an ongoing/long-term basis.  Being away on parental leave for any period within a CPD programme cycle is one situation where the Council may grant an exemption.  All requests for exemption are to be submitted to the Council when you apply for your APC.  You may email these requests to msc@medsci.co.nz.  

Recertification Programmes for Medical Laboratory Scientists:

To be eligible for issue of an APC you must provide the Council with evidence that you are enrolled in a Council-approved recertification programme and making satisfactory progress in the programme in which you are enrolled.

It is your responsibility as a medical laboratory scientist to maintain a record of the activities you have undertaken as part of your recertification programme.  These records will be required as evidence should you be called up for an audit.

The Council has approved three recertification programmes for medical laboratory scientists:

  • The New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Science (NZIMLS) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.
  • The New Zealand Hospital Scientific Officers Association (NZHSOA) Continuing Education Programme for Scientific Officers and Recertification Programme for Medical Laboratory Scientists. 
  • The Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) Australian Professional Acknowledgement Continuing Education (APACE) programme.

These recertification programmes have been approved as meeting a set of Council-prescribed criteria including:

  • The programme meets the competence standards of the Council for the issue of an annual practising certificate;
  • The programme is provided by an organisation domiciled in New Zealand, with the exception of the AIMS APACE programme.
  • The programme demonstrates that successful participants maintain the attitudes and ethical standards required of a registered medical laboratory scientist, and develop and improve their knowledge and skills
  • Participants in the programme are required to achieve measurable outcomes.

 NZIMLS and NZHSOA Recertification Programmes

If you are enrolled in either the NZIMLS or the NZHSOA recertification programmes you must gain 300 points over a three-year period.  It is expected that you will gain a minimum of 100 points each year over each three-year period of the recertification programme.

If you only gain between 80-99 points in a single year you will be issued with an APC along with a reminder letter that  your yearly target should be 100 points and that 300 points are required for each three-year period.

If you only gain between 60-80 points in a single year you may not be issued with an APC and will be required to provide the Council with an explanation.  Should the Council accept your explanation as being satisfactory, an APC may be issued along with a reminder that you will need to "catch-up" on your recertification points in the upcoming year.  If the Council decides your explanation is unsatisfactory, you may be issued with an APC along with a reminder that you will need to "catch-up" on your recertification points in the upcoming year.  In addition a letter will be sent to your laboratory manager requesting a report on your progress within a specified timeframe.  You and your laboratory manager will also be notified that in the absence of a satisfactory CPD performance in the future, you will be issued with a practising certificate which may require you to work under supervision. 

You must gain at least 60 (NZIMLS) or 50 (NZHSOA) category points in any one year.  If you fail to do so you will be required to provide the Council with a written explanation.  Instead of being issued with an APC the Council may issue you with an APC which will require you to work under supervision.  A letter will also be sent to your laboratory manager informing them that the Council has concerns about your competence and that you must work under supervision until the Council has received evidence of satisfactory performance in a recertification programme.

If you fail to gain 300 points over the three-year cycle of the recertification programme you will be required to provide the Council with a written explanation.  If the Council accepts your explanation is satisfactory an APC may be issued along with a requirement that you "catch-up" the outstanding points in the upcoming year.  Should the Council decide your explanation is unsatisfactory, you may be issued with an APC with a supervision condition, and your laboratory manager will be notified that the Council has concerns about your competence and you must therefore work under supervision.  The condition will remain until such time as the Council has received evidence of your satisfactory performance in the recertification programme in which you are enrolled.

 AIMS Recertification Programme

If you are enrolled with the AIMS recertification programme you must gain 100 credits over a two-year period, that is, 50 credits for each year

If you only attain between 40-49 credits for the previous year, you may be issued with an APC along with a reminder that the yearly target is 50 credits and that 100 credits are required over each two-year period.

If you gain between 10-40 credits for the previous year you may not be issued with an APC and will be required to provide the Council with a written explanation.  If  the Council accepts your explanation as satisfactory an APC may be issued along with a reminder that you will need to "catch-up" on your recertification points in the upcoming year.  Should the Council decide your explanation is unsatisfactory, an APC may be issued along with a reminder that you will need to "catch-up" on your recertification points in the upcoming year.  In addition you and your laboratory manager will be notified that in the absence of a satisfactory CPD performance in the future, Council may decide to issue you with an APC requiring you to work under supervision until such time as the Council has received evidence of your satisfactory performance in the recertification programme.

Should you fail to gain any credits, you will be required to provide the Council with a written explanation.  Notification will be sent to your laboratory manager that the Council has concerns regarding your competence and that you will be required to work under supervision until such time as the Council has received evidence of your satisfactory performance in the recertification programme.

If you fail to attain the required 100 credits over a two-year period, you will be required to provide the Council with a written explanation.  Should the Council accept your explanation as satisfactory an APC will be issued along with a reminder that you will need to "catch-up" your recertification credits in the upcoming year.  If your explanation is deemed to be unsatisfactory to the Council, your laboratory manager will also be informed that Council has concerns about your competence and that you must therefore work under supervision until such time as the Council has received evidence of your satisfactory performance in the recertification programme.

Recertification Programme for Medical Laboratory Technicians:

A medical laboratory technician applying for an APC must have undertaken at least eight hours of approved professional development activity within the previous twelve-month period.

You must maintain a record of the professional development activities you have undertaken.  These records will be required as evidence should you be called up for audit.  These professional development activities must be relevant to your scope of practice and be additional to and enhance your normal laboratory practice.  See link at bottom of page to download a copy of a Professional Development Record Medical Laboratory Technician form.

Should you fail to meet the requirements of the recertification programme for medical laboratory technicians, you will be referred to the Council's Competence Committee.