This section of the website provides information if you are interested in applying for registration and you gained your qualification and training outside of New Zealand.

The Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand has:

Six scopes of practice within the profession of medical laboratory science:

For more information regarding the Profession of medical laboratory science and associated qualifications:

Read more about medical laboratory science and associated qualifications.

One scope of practice within the profession of anaesthetic technology:

Read more about anaesthetic technology and associated qualifications:

Without registration a person may not use the title of medical laboratory scientist, medical laboratory technician, Medical laboratory pre-analytical technician or Anaesthetic technician nor can a person do anything calculated to suggest they are qualified to be registered or able to practise one of the above.

While you may be registered in more than one scope of practice in the profession of medical laboratory science, you can only hold an annual practising certificate in one scope of practice. 

Provisional Registration and what this means

  • Provisional registration applies if you have a qualification that has been approved by the Council but lack recent and relevant clinical experience within an appropriately accredited New Zealand laboratory.
  • Provisional registration requires you to complete a period of supervised practice for a specified time.
  • You will be advised of how long your period of supervised practice will be once your registration application has been approved. However it will be for at least 3-months and can be up to a maximum of 24-months.

Read more about provisional Registration and what this means. 

Fitness to Practice and English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will be required to successfully complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test.

The IELTS results must be for the academic version and for MLS registration record a score of 7 in each band and for MLT, MLPAT, and AT registration record a score of 7 in reading, speaking, and listening, and 6.5 in writing.

The results must be from one sitting and from a test completed within two years prior to the date of the application for registration. Results below the standard will not be considered. 

You, as the applicant, are responsible for the cost of the English test.

Read more about fitness to practise requirements.