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Under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCAA), the Board may register an applicant within a scope of practice if the applicant is fit for registration, has the qualifications that have been prescribed for the scope of practice, and is competent to practise within that scope of practice.

Fitness for registration is set out under section 16 of the HPCAA and requires the applicant to make a statutory declaration concerning the applicant's ability to communicate (includes satisfactory English language standard), criminal convictions, mental and physical health, professional history and disciplinary proceedings.

The Board must consider a duly completed application for registration or for a change of scope of practice as soon as reasonably practicable.

The Board may, if it thinks fit, receive any other information from, or question, the applicant, or any other person, in respect of an application being considered. The Board must advise the applicant about the identity of the person to be questioned and the nature of the questions.

Before authorising registration or authorising a change to an applicant's scope of practice, the Board may require the applicant to take and pass an examination or assessment that is set or recognised by the authority, for the purpose of satisfying the Board that the applicant is competent to practise or that the applicant's ability to communicate in and comprehend English is sufficient to protect the health and safety of the public.

The Board can authorise a change to the scope of practice through, for example, the inclusion of conditions in the applicant's scope of practice. The conditions must be of a kind that the Board considers are required to ensure the competent and safe practice of the applicant e.g. that the practitioner practise subject to the supervision of one or more nominated health practitioners.

The HPCAA (Part 2, Sections 15-25) should be read for full understanding of all of the sections of the HPCAA concerning registration.


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
Congratulations on becoming a qualified psychotherapist. This page contains useful information on preparing your registration application.

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 registration section you will see a link to the following documents

Registration information form

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)

New Zealand criminal conviction history. 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)

Registration fees

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