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Eligibility for new Graduates

You cannot apply for registration until you have successfully completed your qualification. This year, the application process will be online. Please check back in early November for an update and information on how to apply.
To be registered you must:
  • Have successfully completed one of the following qualifications:
    • Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) at Auckland University of Technology
    • Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago
    • Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours at the University of Otago

New graduates who defer their graduation ceremony can apply for registration as Physiotherapists if they provide an original (or certified copy) of their academic transcript. This must demonstrate their completion of undergraduate Physiotherapy studies, and is issued by the registry of their university. 

  • Provide a completed application form
  • Provide all the information and documentation requested by the Board (original or certified copies)
    • Passport or birth certificate
    • Degree certificate or academic transcript or link to your My eQuals profile (email registration@physioboard.org.nz). This must confirm that the degree is completed or conferred; we cannot accept a transcript that states the qualification is still in progress.
    • Criminal conviction record – original or (if received via the Ministry of Justice by email) forwarded directly to the Board at registration@physioboard.org.nz
      • You will also need to provide criminal conviction record in hard copy from any country / state /  jurisdiction where you have lived for 12 months or more, within the last ten years, while you were aged 18 or over. If there is a delay in receiving these then contact the Registration Team at registration@physioboard.org.nz
    • Additional evidence of fitness to practise as a physiotherapist in New Zealand
    • Any supporting documentation required by the Registration Team (e.g. change of name documentation)
  • Pay the registration fee of $354.00 (including GST).
  • Meet the fitness for registration criteria detailed in Section 16 HPCA Act, further set out in the application form.


How to apply

Complete the Application FormGuidance notes have been developed to assist you in the completion of the form. A template has been developed for Reflective statements.

For further information on the application process please contact us.


New Graduate Presentation

New Zealand Graduate Presentation

Are you a NZ new grad, or are you planning on hiring one? Take a look at our video which gives an overview of the process. You can find more information and the relevant forms online at: https://www.physioboard.org.nz/new-zealand-qualified-physiotherapists

Posted by Physiotherapy Board on Monday, 5 November 2018