MLS Registration – Holders of a New Zealand Qualification that is substantially equivalent

If you hold a qualification approved as being substantially equivalent to the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science degree you are eligible to register with the Council providing you meet all registration requirements.

Applications are to be made through the online registration link. Please note the fee to apply for registration is non-refundable if your application is not successful.

Required documentation

Once you have completed your application, you will receive a confirmation email with a checklist that is to be included with your application along with the following documentation:

  • A certified copy of your qualification. A photocopy may be certified as a true copy by a solicitor, Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, or an Officer of the Court; and
  • Two Certificates of Standing and Experience (personal and professional) completed by persons unrelated to you. Click here for the certificate of standing and experience; and
  • Your application must be accompanied with the registration fee payment, you can make payment online when you complete the online application; and
  • Evidence of name change if applicable; and
  • A criminal conviction notice that is no more than three months old.  Please note, criminal check certificates issued by a third party will not be accepted. Click here for the criminal convictions request form

How long will registration take?

Providing your application is received with all the required documentation and the full registration fee payment, your application will be processed within 10 working days and you can expect to receive confirmation of registration within 15 working days from the day your application was received by the Council.

What Happens Next?

Once provisional registration has been granted you must apply to the Council for an annual practising certificate prior to beginning work as a registered medical laboratory scientist.

You can apply for your APC online, by clicking on the button found on the Council’s website and follow the instructions.