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Applying for Registration

Note: We are experiencing an increased volume of overseas applications at the moment. Therefore, please allow at least 4 to 5 months for your application to be processed. Ensuring that your application is complete when we receive it, will expedite the process. We sincerely apologise for any delays you experience.

Applications for registration from Overseas Qualified Physiotherapists have recently moved online.

You can apply for registration online at MyPBNZ

Unfortunately the Board can no longer accept the application fee paid by bank draft. Fees must be paid by credit/debit card or Account to Account transfer.

Eligibility to apply for registration as a Physiotherapist in New Zealand

Self-Evaluation Tool 
This tool has been developed to assist you to self evaluate your eligibility to submit an application for registration. Please read carefully the detailed information on Board criteria before selecting your responses to the questions below.

1 – Does your qualification and physiotherapy practice experience meet current Board criteria? Click here to check your qualification against the New Zealand undergraduate physiotherapy programmes.
2 – Do you meet current Board English language requirements?
3 – Do you meet Board criteria for recency of practice?


Essential Information

  • The current application fee is NZ $1,734.50 (non-refundable)
  • There is no accreditation of overseas courses. Each application is individually assessed.
  • The information required is extensive and there is no guarantee of registration

The Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand describe the threshold competence required for initial and continuing registration as a physiotherapist in Aotearoa New Zealand. Please refer to our Thresholds section of the Physiotherapy Standards Framework for more information.


Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for our comprehensive FAQ


Application Process

Please read the Application Guidance Notes (Part 1) carefully.

Please note that all template documents received after 1 April 2022 must be on the ‘January 2022’ forms.

  1. Application Guidance Notes
  2. The Treaty of Waitangi:  Referenced Report & Cultural Competence Reflective Statement
  3. Threshold Templates
    Threshold Template Information Sheet
  4. Curriculum Vitae Template
  5. Reflective Statement Template & Supporting Evidence Information Sheet
  6. Validation of Work History Form
  7. Confirmation of Fitness to Practise Form

For information on the Registration process please contact one of the Registration team.