Professional Registration

Does your occupation require New Zealand registration?

In New Zealand registration is required by law in order to undertake employment in certain occupations.

 

This will affect you visa application process in different ways:

  • If you are claiming points in your Expression of Interest, the requirement for occupational registration can affect eligibility for points for qualifications and offers of employment.
  • If you are applying for a work visa to work in one of these occupations, you must obtain the registration before a visa can be issued.

 

 Occupational Registration is required in the following occupations:

  • Architect
  • Barrister
  • Barrister and solicitor
  • Cable jointer
  • Chiropractor
  • Clinical dental technician
  • Clinical dental therapist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Dental technician
  • Dental therapist
  • Dentist
  • Dietitian
  • Dispensing optician
  • Electrician (see note below)
  • Electrical appliance serviceperson
  • Electrical engineer
  • Electrical inspector
  • Electrical installer
  • Electrical service technician
  • Enrolled nurse
  • Financial adviser
  • Line mechanic
  • Medical laboratory scientist/technologist
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Medical practitioner
  • Medical radiation technologist
  • Nurses and midwives
  • Occupational therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Osteopath
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Plumber, gasfitter and drainlayer
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Real estate agent
  • Cadastral (Land Title) Surveyor
  • Teacher
  • Veterinarian

 

To find out the process involved in obtaining the registration you can contact the relevant registration authorities: 

Accountants

New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA)
PO Box 11 342, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 474 7840
Facsimile: 64 4 473 6303
Website: www.nzica.com

 

Architects

New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB)
PO Box 11106
Manners Street
Wellington, 6142
New Zealand
Telephone: 64 4 471 1336
Email: info@nzrab.org.nz
Website: www.nzrab.org.nz

 

Barristers and Solicitors

New Zealand Law Society
PO Box 5041, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 472 7837
Facsimile: 64 4 473 7909
Website: www.lawyers.org.nz

 

Chiropractors

Chiropractic Board NZ
PO Box 10-140, Wellington
Telephone:  64 4 499 7979
Facsimile:  64 4 474 0709
Website:  www.chiropracticboard.org.nz
Email:  chiropractic@regboards.co.nz

 

Clinical psychologists
Educational psychologists

NZ Psychologists Board
PO Box 10 626, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 471 4580
Facsimile: 64 4 471 4581
Website: www.psychologistsboard.org.nz

 

Dentists
Dental therapists
Dental hygienists
Dental technicians

Dental Council of New Zealand
PO Box 10 448, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 499 4820
Facsimile: 64 4 499 1668
Website: www.dcnz.org.nz

 

Dietitians

New Zealand Dietitians Board
PO Box 10-140
Wellington
Telephone:  64 4 474 0746
Facsimile:  64 4 474 0709
Email: dietitians@dietitiansboard.org.nz
Website:  www.dietitiansboard.org.nz


Electricians
Electrical service technicians
Line mechanics

Electrical Workers Licensing Group
PO Box 10 156, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 472 3636
NZ Freephone: 0800 661 000
Facsimile: 64 4 473 2395
Website: www.ewrb.govt.nz
Email: info@ewrb.govt.nz

 

Engineers

The Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)
PO Box 12 241, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 473 9444
Facsimile: 64 4 474 8933
Website: www.ipenz.org.nz

 

Medical laboratory
scientists
Medical laboratory
technicians

Registrations Manager
PO Box 7242
Wellington South
Email: mls@medsci.co.nz
Telephone: 64 4 801 6250
Facsimile: 64 4 381 0270
Website:  www.mlsboard.org.nz


Medical radiation
technologists

Registrations Manager
PO Box 7242
Wellington South
Telephone: 64 4 801 6250 Extension 6
Facsimile: 64 4 381 0270
Website:  www.mrtboard.org.nz
Email: mrt@medsci.co.nz


Medical practitioners

Medical Council of New Zealand
PO Box 11 649, Wellington
Free Phone:  0800 286 801
Telephone: 64 4 384 7635
Facsimile: 64 4 385 8902
Website: www.mcnz.org.nz


Midwives

Midwifery Council of NZ
PO Box 24448, Manners Street, Wellington
Telephone:  64 4 499 5040
Facsimile:  64 4 499 5045
Website:  www.midwiferycouncil.org.nz
Email:  info@midwiferycouncil.org.nz


Nurses

Nursing Council of New Zealand
PO Box 9644, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 385 9589
Facsimile: 64 4 801 8502
Website: www.nursingcouncil.org.nz

 

Occupational therapists

Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand
PO Box 10 202, The Terrace
Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 918 4740
Facsimile: 64 4 918 4746
Website: www.otboard.org.nz
Email for enquiries and information:  enquiries@otboard.org.nz


Optometrists
Dispensing opticians

New Zealand Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board
PO Box 10 140, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 474 0705
Facsimile:  64 4 474 0709
Website:
Email:  registrar@oanddoboard.org.nz


Osteopaths

Osteopathic Council of NZ
PO Box 10-140
Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Telephone:  +64 4 474 0747
Facsimile: +64 4 474 0709
Website:  www.osteopathiccouncil.org.nz
Email: registrar@osteopathiccouncil.org.nz


Pharmacists

Pharmacy Council of New Zealand
PO Box 25 137
Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 495 0330
Facsimile:  64 4 495 0331
Website: www.pharmacycouncil.org.nz


Physiotherapists

The Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand
PO Box 10 734, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 471 2610
Facsimile: 64 4 471 2613
Website: www.physioboard.org.nz
Email for registration enquiries:  registration@physioboard.org.nz

 

Plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers

Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers Board
PO Box 10 655, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 494 2970
Facsimile: 64 4 494 2975
Website: www.pgdb.co.nz
Email:  registrar@pgdb.co.nz


Podiatrists

Podiatrists Board of NZ
PO Box 10 140, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 499 7979
Facsimile: 64 4 474 0709
Website: www.podiatristsboard.org.nz
Email:  podiatrists@regboards.co.nz

 

Real estate

Real Estate Agents Licensing Board
PO Box 99 881, Newmarket
Auckland
Telephone: 64 9 520 6949
Facsimile: 64 9 520 6995

 

Surveyors

New Zealand Institute of Surveyors
PO Box 831, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 471 1774
Facsimile: 64 4 471 1907
Website: www.surveyors.org.nz
Email:  nzis@surveyors.org.nz


Teachers

New Zealand Teachers Council
PO Box 5326, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 471 0852
Facsimile: 64 4 471 0870
Website: www.teacherscouncil.govt.nz
Email:  inquiries@teacherscouncil.govt.nz


Veterinarians
Veterinary surgeons

Veterinary Council of New Zealand
PO Box 10 563, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 473 9600
Facsimile: 64 4 473 8869
Website: www.vetcouncil.org.nz
Email:  vet@vetcouncil.org.nz

Our Licensed Immigration Advisers will are experienced in assisting migrants with their professional registration process. Ask us how we can help!

 

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