Assessment for Vocational Registration in New Zealand

If you are an International Medical Graduate (IMG), you must have vocational registration in the relevant specialty in order to practise medicine in New Zealand.

To qualify for vocational registration you must:

  • have passed, or been exempted from passing, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) English test
  • be fit for registration (Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 s16)
  • be able to assure Medical Council of New Zealand that you have qualifications, training and experience equivalent to that of a New Zealand trained doctor registered in the same vocational scope
  • be capable of independent, unsupervised practice
  • be competent to practise medicine within the vocational scope for which you have applied, and be intending to practise in New Zealand, and
  • satisfy immigration requirements to live and work in New Zealand.

How to Apply

All enquiries regarding the application process for vocational registration in New Zealand are to be directed to the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) in the first instance. Information and application forms can be downloaded from the MCNZ website.

Visit the MCNZ website

 What is the Role of RANZCR?

The College’s role in New Zealand is to complete assessments for the MCNZ once they have accepted an application. The College does this through two Vocational Education Advisory Boards (VEAB), one for clinical radiology and one for radiation oncology.

The College’s VEAB is asked to comment on the comparability of the IMG's qualifications, training and experience to that of a New Zealand vocationally registered doctor in the same specialty who holds the MCNZ prescribed New Zealand/Australasian post graduate qualification (i.e. a Fellowship of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists).

Determination

The College will compete two types of assessment, depending on where an IMG is located.

Living Overseas

If an IMG is located overseas at the time application, the College will complete what is known as Preliminary Advice based on the application documentation and referee reports. This will result in one of four possible outcomes:

  1. Is deemed equivalent and suitable for the supervision pathway
  2. Is deemed as “as satisfactory as” and suitable for the assessment pathway
  3. A determination that the IMG is not suitable at present
  4. Insufficient information present requiring an interview to make a formal determination.

Living in New Zealand

If an IMG is already in New Zealand, the College will complete what is known as Final Advice. This will result in one of three possible outcomes:

  1. Is deemed “equivalent” and suitable for the supervision pathway. This will generally result in 6-12 months of satisfactory supervised practice and the requirement to enrol in the RANZCR continuing professional development program.
  2. Is deemed “as satisfactory as” and suitable for the assessment pathway. This will result in the need to complete 12-18 months of satisfactory supervised practice, plus any other form of specified assessment as deemed appropriate, such as a Vocational Practice Assessment, along with the requirement to enrol in the RANZCR continuing professional development program.
  3. Is deemed “not equivalent” and needing to obtain another form of medical registration in New Zealand and complete the New Zealand post graduate qualification.

All College assessments are provided to the MCNZ who make the final determination and will convey the assessment outcome.

Eligibility for Fellowship

IMGs who obtain vocational registration in New Zealand can choose to apply for Fellowship of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. This is a separate process to that of vocational registration, but contains many of the same elements.

How to apply for Fellowship

Once you have met the Fellowship requirements identified above you will be provided with a Fellowship application form.

  1. Complete your section of the Fellowship Application Form and arrange for your application to be certified by two current Fellows of the College.
  2. Submit your completed Fellowship Application Form either electronically or via post.

Fees

RANZCR members pay an annual RANZCR Membership Subscription Fee.

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