Ceasing or returning to practise
Please notify the Council if you are:
- Moving overseas
- Changing careers
- Going on parental leave
Or any other reason you might be ceasing practise and no longer require a current APC.
Returning to practise
If you wish to return to practice you need to meet the return to practice requirements. Those requirements will differ depending on when you ceased practising in New Zealand and whether or not you have lived or practised overseas since you last held an APC.
If you have not practised for more than 3-years immediately preceding your APC application's date, you must meet several return-to-practice requirements to assure the Council of your competence to practice in New Zealand safely.
If you wish to return to practice, you will need to:
Please provide two written professional references
A verifiable work history for the time you were practising overseas (if applicable).
Apply online for an APC.
Please provide an updated Curriculum Vitae.
Certificates of professional status (or equivalent) from relevant regulatory agencies in each of the countries you have been practising in since you were first registered or ceased practice (whichever is most recent) in New Zealand (if applicable).
A criminal history/police report, which is no more than six months old, from any country you have lived for 12-months or more (including New Zealand) since you were first registered or last held an APC (whichever is most recent). Please ensure all current and previous names are included in the check.
Please note: Only the following criminal history checks will be accepted by the Council:
- New Zealand Ministry of Justice
- United Kingdom ACRO
- Australia AFP
- South Africa South African Police Service Clearance Certificate
- Canada RCMP – Please ensure this is a fingerprint check
- United States of America FBI
- Philippines NBI clearance
For countries not on this list, please check with the Council. The Immigration New Zealand website may provide some guidance.
Please note, criminal check certificates issued by a third party will not be accepted.
You must pay the required fee at the time you apply online.
Medical Science practitioners
If you have not held an APC or practised the profession within the last 3 years you may be required to work under supervision for up to six months.
If have not held an APC or practised within the profession within the last 3 years you may be required to complete a work-based-assessment.
Restoration to the register
If your name has been removed from the register you can apply for it to be restored. You will be required to complete a declaration and pay the restoration fee.
Revision of the Register
If you have not held an APC in the past five years you will be contacted about if you wish to leave your name on the register. If you agree, your name will be removed from the register. If at a later date you wish to return to practice you can apply to have your name restored to the register.