All practitioners registered with the Medical Sciences Council need to be aware of the recent government announcement regarding the requirement for all health workers to be fully vaccinated. Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, all registered practitioners must be fully vaccinated by 1 December 2021.

 As practitioners registered under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, this is a mandated government requirement. 

Practitioners should be aware of the timeframe for mandatory vaccinations:

  • First dose required by 30 October 2021
  • Second dose required by 1 December 2021

QMLT Graduates - Medical Laboratory Pre Analytical Technicians

You can apply for registration as a Medical Laboratory Pre-Analytical Technician if you have:

  • passed the Qualified Phlebotomy Technician (QPT) or the Qualified Donor Technician (QDT) or the Qualified Specimen Services Technician (QSST) examination as set by the NZIMLS; or
  • been awarded the Qualified Phlebotomy Technician Certificate or the Qualified Donor Technician Certificate or the Qualified Specimen Services Technician Certificate by the NZIMLS.

Applying for APC

Once you are registered, 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 medical laboratory scientist. 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 will 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

Providing your application is received with all the required documentation and the full registration fee payment will take ten working days to process. Confirmation of registration will be within 15 working days from the day your completed application was received by the Council unless otherwise advised.


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.

Character and Experience

Two Certificates of Standing and Experience (personal and professional) completed by persons unrelated to you.


Evidence of name change if applicable.

Criminal conviction

A criminal conviction notice that is no more than three months old issued by the Ministry of Justice.  Please note, criminal check certificates issued by a third party will not be accepted.

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 certified copy of QMLT qualification certificate provided by the NZIMLS. A photocopy may be certified as a true copy by a solicitor, Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, or an Officer of the Court.

Competency and Experience

Provide a completed Certification of Competency and Experience form from your supervisor.

Training records

Please provide a copy of 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.