Other NZ Qualification Holders - Medical Laboratory Pre Analytical Technician

If you hold a relevant qualification from a New Zealand institution, your application for registration as a medical laboratory pre-analytical technician will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applying for APC

Once you are registered, and before you begin working as a registered medical laboratory pre-analytical technician, you must apply to the Council for an annual practising certificate (APC).

Provisional registration and supervision period

You will initially be granted provisional registration and are required to practice under the supervision of a registered health practitioner. The Council must approve your supervisor and workplace. Provisional registration is for a minimum of three months and up to a maximum of 24 months.

If your period of provisional registration is for more than six months, your supervisor may be required to provide the Council with interim progress reports. You and your supervisor will be notified of the timing of these reports when your first annual practising certificate is issued.

Provisional Registration Timeframe

Once you have completed your online application, paid the required fee and uploaded all the required documentation it will take between 4-12 weeks for your application to be processed.


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.

Evidence of study
  • A complete academic transcript of the course from the training institution where the course of study was undertaken which includes a list of the subjects taken, the grades/marks obtained, and associated information on the grading system used.
  • Only if requested: a complete academic syllabus (curriculum), detailing the contents of each subject and hours required for each year of study.
Character and Experience
  • Two Certificates of Standing and Experience (personal and professional) completed by persons unrelated to you.
  • Curriculum Vitae.

Evidence of name change if applicable.

Criminal conviction
  • A criminal conviction notice that is no more than six months old issued by the Ministry of JusticePlease note, criminal check certificates issued by a third party will not be accepted.
  • A criminal conviction notice that is no more than six months old from each country you have lived and worked in for more than 12 months.
  • 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:

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.

Evidence of Good Standing

Certificate of Good Standing from each licensing/registration authority you are or have been registered with in NZ or any other country. The Certificate of Good Standing should state that there are no outstanding complaints against you in regard to your conduct as a health professional. The certificate must not be more than 6 months old at the date of your application.

Fee payment

You must pay the required fee for your application to be processed.

Obtaining Full registration

At the end of your period of provisional registration, you will need to provide:

  • a completed Final Supervisor Report from your supervisor; and
  • your training records

If the Council is satisfied with the supervisor’s report, full registration will be granted. Your APC will be re-issued at no cost.