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The registration process
 

To legally practise in New Zealand a psychotherapist must:

1. Be registered
2. Hold a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC)

There are two pathways to registration:
1. The Tertiary Pathway
2. The Professional Development Pathway


Refer to the Board Policies for policies relating to registration.

How to register

1. Complete the online registration (Home page) "Apply for registration". This is located in the top right hand corner of the website.

Click here for the registration form.

If you don't have access to a computer contact the Registrar on (04) 918 4727

If you accidentally log yourself out of the website during your online registration application, you can log back in using your personal login and password. Any updates are saved as you make them so you can continue with your application.

2. Near the end of the online online registration section you will see a link to the following documents

Registration information form
Checklist
Appendices

You can also download these from the Forms section of the website.

Please note that you can't type into these forms, so either print them out or save them on your own computer.

3. Compile the necessary documentation and make sure that you certify documentation where required. Please complete your checklist as that must be sent with your registration information.
Keep a copy of your application for your further reference.

4. The Board will review your application and notify you of the outcome by email.

6. If your application is accepted you will receive your APC by mail.

If you have any questions please email the Registrar on registrar@pbanz.org.nz or phone (04) 918 4727.


Documents you will need for registration

Certified copies of

Your birth certificate
Your passport or driver's licence
Any legal evidence of name change (eg marriage certificate)
Psychotherapy qualification certificate
Declaration of supervised psychotherapy and therapeutic hours (if applicable)
Declaration of competence (if applying for an APC)
Statutory declaration (Appendix 4)

Other documentation (not certified)

NZ Police report (if applicable). Must be no older than 6 months on receipt
Overseas police reports (if applicable). Must be no older than 6 months on receipt
IELTS results (if applicable)
Professional reference (Appendix 1)
Character reference (Appendix 1)
Checklist

Registration fees

New Zealand prescribed qualification $400.00 (inc GST)
Overseas non-prescribed qualification $3300.00 (inc GST)



What is a certified copy?
A certified copy is a direct copy (photocopy) of original documents that has been certified as a true copy of the original by an official with the necessary legal power, such as:

Justice of the Peace
Solicitor
Notary Public

Certification requires that the official signs with his or her name, position, contact details and official seal (where applicable) clearly visible by the signature. The Board needs to be able to contact this person for verification.