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

Overseas-Trained Registration: Anaesthetic Technician

If you hold a relevant overseas qualification in anaesthetic technology or equivalent, you can apply for registration as an anaesthetic technician.

UK-Trained applicants:

Practitioners who hold a United Kingdom-issued qualification in anaesthetic technology and:

  • have 3680 hours or less (2 years fulltime equivalent) post-qualification relevant specialised anaesthetic technology experience, and
  • are registered and in good standing with HCPC

will be eligible for registration but may need to complete a period of supervised practice.

All other overseas qualifications are assessed on a case-by-case basis as to whether or not the holder of that qualification meets the registration requirements of the Council. The qualifications will be assessed against a standard set of criteria approved by the Council.

Applying for APC

You must wait until you are a resident in New Zealand or can provide evidence of your move to New Zealand before applying for an APC. Once you are registered, and before you begin working as an Anaesthetic Technician in New Zealand, you must apply to the Council for an annual practising certificate (APC).

Registration Timeframe

Providing your application is received with all the required documentation and the full registration fee paymentit will take up to 6 weeks to process.

Required Documentation

To apply for registration, you will need to provide the following:


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.

Course information
  • Academic transcript (in English). To include a list of the subjects taken, the grades/marks obtained, and associated information on the grading system used.
  • Academic syllabus (curriculum), detailing the contents of each subject and hours required for each year of study.
  • If applicable, copy of your clinical logbook detailing procedures completed during clinical component of the qualification.

Please note: UK-Trained applicants are not required to provide course information.

Character and Experience
  • One Certificate of Standing and Experience (personal) completed by persons unrelated to you. 
  • On Certificate of Competence and Experience (professional).
  • 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 (no more than 6-months old).
  • 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.
  • Evidence of name change if applicable.
Evidence of employment
  • A statement from your most recent/current employer including start and end date of employment, normal contracted hours per week and job title.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
Cultural competency

A certificate of completion of the Health Care and the Treaty of Waitangi module

English Language requirements

All registration applicants must meet the Council's English language requirements. If you are required to sit, or have sat the IELTS examination, please provide a copy of your IELTS examination results.

Criminal conviction

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.

Criminal history checks that are accepted by the Council:

For countries not on this list, please check the Immigration New Zealand website.

Please note, criminal check certificates issued by a third party will not be accepted.

Fee Payment

You must pay the required fee  when you submit your application. No refund will be given if your application is unsuccessful.