How to Work in New Zealand

In order to work legally as an osteopath in New Zealand, it is necessary to:

-Be registered by the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (OCNZ), which is the regulatory body governing the practice of osteopathy
-Hold a current practising certificate.

*Registration with the OCNZ*

To complete this step, osteopaths need to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council of the United Kingdom (GOsC) or Australian Board (Ahpra) and hold a qualification from a recognised institution can apply directly for registration.

Recognised institutions are:
British College of Osteopathic Medicine
College of Osteopaths
European School of Osteopathy
Leeds Beckett University
London College of Osteopathic Medicine
London School of Osteopathy
NESCOT (validated by Kingston University) previously SIOM, Surrey
Swansea University
University College of Osteopathy, London
The University of St Mark and St John(Marjon)

Non-Recognised Qualifications
Osteopaths who have undertaken their training overseas and whose qualifications are NOT recognised by the OCNZ, will have their qualifications considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applications are submitted to the OCNZ’s assessors who consider the comparability of qualifications to New Zealand standards and osteopathic capabilities.
Applicants must submit a capabilities assessment application along with their registration application. All this is done through the OCNZ website.

Practising Certificate
Documents to provide:
-Registration application form
-Registration application fee – refer to Fees page of OCNZ website
-Capabilities assessment application
-Capabilities assessment application fee – refer to Fees page of OCNZ website
-Practising certificate application
-Practising certificate fee – refer to Fees page of OCNZ website
-CAPP fee – refer to Fees page of OCNZ website
-Curriculum vitae
-Certified Copies of Passport, Birth Certificate, Course description, Police check, IELTS results.