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: Medical Laboratory Technician

If you hold an overseas qualification in Medical Laboratory Science or equivalent, you can apply for registration as a medical laboratory technician. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Provisional registration and supervision period

To allow for familiarisation to the New Zealand healthcare environment, if you obtain registration, you will be required to be supervised by a registered medical laboratory scientist or an approved registered healthcare practitioner for a minimum of three months 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. For more information on working under supervision, refer to the Council’s supervision policy.

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 a Medical Laboratory 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 payment, it will take up to 12 weeks to process.

To apply for regsitraton, please 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.

Evidence of study
  • Academic transcript (in English) of the medical laboratory science course from the training institution where your course of study was undertaken. Including 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 laboratory procedures completed during clinical component of the qualification.
Character and Experience
  • Two Certificates of Standing and Experience (one personal and one professional) completed by persons unrelated to you. 
  • 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.
  • If applicable: Evidence of name change.
Evidence of employment
  • A written statement from your most recent/current employer which includes 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

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.