The Board's Specialist scope of practice: Physiotherapy Specialist recognises physiotherapists who are practising at an advanced level. Physiotherapy Specialists are expected to demonstrate advanced clinical skills and knowledge, and contribute to the profession through leadership and research. Applying for registration as a Physiotherapy Specialist is a three-part process: a portfolio assessment, a practical clinical assessment and a panel review. Our Specialisation information sheet has an overview of the scope of practice and the application process.
Application costs are met by the applicant:
- The Portfolio Assessment fee is NZ$1600.50 (non-refundable)
- The Panel Review fee is NZ$1622.50 (non-refundable)
- The Practical Clinical Assessment is a new part of the application; the fee is being finalised by the Board.
PLEASE NOTE: the Board's updates to the Specialist scope of practice and the application process are now live (December 2016). The Board will accept applications under the old system if they are submitted by March 1st, 2017.
If you are considering applying for registration as a Physiotherapy Specialist, you must first submit an Expression of Interest form to the Board for an initial evaluation of your eligibility to apply. Following receipt of your Expression of Interest, the Board will be in touch to inform you of whether you can proceed with your application.
The Board will only accept applications from Physiotherapists who are registered in New Zealand with a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC), and who meet the Board’s eligibility criteria (detailed in the Specialisation Information Sheet and Application Guidance Notes). Each application for registration under the Specialist scope of practice: Physiotherapy Specialist is assessed on a case-by-case basis; there is no guarantee of registration under this scope.
You may wish to review the Application Guidance Notes and Application Pack for more details of what will be required when submitting an application.
Please email us if you have any further queries.
The Application pack contains the following sections:
For further information about the process of registering as a Physiotherapy Specialist, please contact us on 04 471 2610 or email the Registration Team..