Fitness to Practise and English Language Requirements

When applying for registration you must be able to demonstrate to the Council you are fit to practise in the profession of medical laboratory science or anaesthetic technology.

Requirements for Fitness for Registration in New Zealand

Section 16 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 provides that you may not be registered to practise in New Zealand if: 

  • you do not satisfy us that you can communicate effectively
  • you do not satisfy us that you can speak and understand English well enough to protect the health and safety of the public 
  • you have been convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment for a term of three months or longer, and that reflects adversely on your fitness to practise
  • you have a mental or physical condition that prevents you from performing the functions required for the practice of your profession
  • you face professional disciplinary proceedings that reflect adversely on your fitness to practise
  • you are being investigated about a matter that may be the subject of professional disciplinary proceedings, and that investigation reflects adversely on your fitness to practise
  • you are subject to an order of a professional disciplinary tribunal, an educational institution or of an authority or a similar body that reflects adversely on your fitness to practise
  • we have reason to believe that you may endanger the health and safety of the public

If you have been convicted as per above, you must be able to satisfy the Council that the offence does not reflect adversely on your fitness to practise in the profession of medical laboratory science or anaesthetic technology.

English Language Requirements

For further information refer to the Medical Sciences Council's English Language Requirements Policy

Applicants must satisfy the Council they are able to communicate effectively, and their ability to communicate in, and comprehend English (inclusive of speaking, reading, listening and writing) is sufficient to protect the health and safety of the public.

Applications for registration are considered to have met the English language requirement if any one of 1, 2, 3 or 4 has been met:

  1. The applicant graduated from a Council accredited programme; or
  2. The applicant resided in the country where the qualification was taught and that qualification was completed in Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, or USA, where English is the sole language of instruction and assessment; or
  3. The applicant has resided in New Zealand and can satisfy all the following conditions:
    1. Resided in New Zealand for a continuous period of at least two-years full time equivalency within the five-years immediately prior to application; and
    2. Provide two referees who can attest to the applicant’s English language ability:
      1.  Both referees must have English as their primary language;
      2.  Both referees must complete the Council's Certification of English Language Proficiency substantiating the applicant’s ability to comprehend and communicate effectively in English in a clinical setting;
      3.  Both referees must be a registered health practitioner;
      4.  One referee must be a work colleague of the applicant; or
  4. Applicants who do not meet the requirements of I, 2 or 3 will be required to complete a Council approved English test to the required level.

Where an applicant sits a Council approved English test:

The requirement is to sit the International English Language Testing (IELTS).  Applicants must be able to satisfy the following:

  • The IELTS examination requirements were achieved within two-years prior to application for registration; and
  • obtained in one sitting; and
  • was the academic band; and
  • obtained an average score of 7.5 or more; and
  • obtained a score of at least 7 in each band of the four individual components of listening, reading, writing and speaking.

 If the applicant is found to be not communicating effectively in English, (inclusive of speaking, reading, listening and writing) the Council under section 26 may undertake a competency review.

 

What Happens next?

If your qualification has not been previously approved by the Council you may be asked to provide a full transcript of your qualification (in English) to allow the Council to have that qualification assessed against the New Zealand qualification prescribed for registration in the profession of medical laboratory science or anaesthetic technology.

If your qualification has been previously approved by the Council and providing the Council has received all the required documents and they have been accurately completed, along with the fees payment, you can expect to be informed of the outcome of your application within 10 days of its receipt.

If your qualification needs to be assessed your application is likely to take at least 4-6 weeks to process.

Not Yet Arrived in New Zealand?

Please note that while you can apply for registration while still living overseas, when you want to practise in New Zealand you will need to hold an annual practising certificate (APC).  You cannot apply for an APC until you are either resident in New Zealand or are able to provide the Council with supporting evidence of your pending move to New Zealand.