MLS Registration - Holders of an overseas qualification that is substantially equivalent

If you hold an overseas 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. 

Required documentation

Once you have completed your online application, you will receive a confirmation email with a checklist that is to be included 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
  • One passport-style photograph signed with your usual signature and certified to be a true likeness of yourself (stating your name) by a referee of a Justice of the Peace on the reverse; and
  • If you are registered with a licensing/registration authority in your home country, please provide evidence of your current registration status and a current Certificate of Good Standing (not more than 6-months old). The Certificate of Good Standing should state that there are no outstanding complaints against you in regard to your conduct as a health professional; and
  • If English is not your first language an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) must be provided; and
  • Evidence of employment in an overseas medical laboratory if applicable; and
  • Evidence of name change if applicable; and
  • A certificate of completion of the Health Care and the Treaty of Waitangi module; and
  • A police certificate that is no more than three months old.  Please note, criminal check certificates issued by a third party will not be accepted.

English Language Requirements

Communicating laboratory results and liaising with medical staff and colleagues is a core competency required of a medical laboratory scientist working within the laboratory environment. The Medical Sciences Council has reviewed its English language requirements for overseas-trained registration applicants.

All registration applicants for whom English is their second language must provide results from an IELTS test

  • The IELTS results must be for the academic version and record a score of 7 in each band with overall score of 7.5
  • The results must be from one sitting
  • The results must be from an IELTS test completed within two years prior to the date of the application for registration

For more information on undertaking an IELTS assessment click here: 

How long will the registration process take?

Providing your application is received with all the required documentation and the full registration fee payment, your application will be processed within 20 working days and you can expect to receive confirmation of registration within 25 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.