o practise as a physiotherapist in New Zealand, you are legally
required to be registered by the Physiotherapy Board of New
Registration is a legal process and you must complete
all the details required and provide the documents in the
specified format before the Board can consider your application.
The registration process varies depending on where you were
trained and where you are currently qualified to practise.
Before you can be registered you must: (1) Have successfully
completed an approved course of study in physiotherapy in New
Zealand (2) Establish that you are of good character and
reputation (3) Provide all information and documents in the form
specified by the Board (4) Pay the prescribed fees.
If you are registered to practice physiotherapy in a
participating Australian jurisdiction (all states except Western
Australia), you are entitled to seek registration in New
Zealand. Trans-Tasman Mutual recognition provides an alternative
avenue for obtaining registration in New Zealand. Applicants
have the choice of applying for registration under the
Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 or under the
Physiotherapy Act 1949.
If you are qualified from a country other than Australia and
New Zealand, please note that there is no accreditation of
overseas courses. Each application is individually assessed.
Criteria For Full Registration
(1) The Board must deem your qualifications appropriate for
practice in New Zealand.
(2) The Board requires that you demonstrate ALL competencies, to
the level required for registration in New Zealand.
(3) The Board must consider your clinical experience sufficient
by New Zealand standards.
(4) You must be competent in written and spoken English.
(5) You must be age 20 or older.
(6) You must demonstrate good character and reputation.
The Applicant requests full application pack. The Board responds
by sending full application pack. The Applicant fills out forms,
assembles required documentation (either originals or certified
copies) and sends documentation to Physiotherapy Board with
application payment. The Board reviews documentation. If
complete, documentation is sent to the assessors.
Assessment committee reviews the application and make one of
(1) Recommend registration granted
(2) Request more evidence of competence
(3) Recommend application declined.
The Applicant will be notified of Board's decision. If
registration is granted, the applicant receives Annual
Practising Certificate on payment of fees. Now the applicant is
legally able to practice physiotherapy in New Zealand.
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