Doctors with international qualifications in general practice can join one of the pathways to Fellowship of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

Apply to have your prior specialist training recognised

Have a read through the information below to find your situation and relevant pathway. Feel free to get in touch with our CPD team, they will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

How to have your experience recognised

If you are not already working in New Zealand, you need to apply to the Medical Council of New Zealand for a practising certificate and provisional vocational registration as a general practitioner before applying to become a Fellow of the College. Once you have obtained a practising certificate and provisional vocational registration as a general practitioner, there are a number of pathways to Fellowship depending on your prior experience and training.

Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)

Did you gain your Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) by passing the assessment route in Australia?

Please apply now to become a Fellow of our College through the reciprocal agreement between the RACGP and us. All you need to do is complete and return the application form and all the supporting documents

Download the Fellowship by Reciprocity Application Form (doc.)

Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)

Did you gain the Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine by passing the assessment route in Australia?

Please apply now to become a Fellow of our College through the reciprocal agreement between ACRRM and us. All you need to do is complete and return the application form and all the supporting documents.

Download the Fellowship by Reciprocity Application Form (doc.)

Specialist training in recognised countries

If you have completed and passed the assessment requirements of one of these recognised overseas accredited practice training programmes, please apply to join the College’s Prior Specialist Training Programme to Fellowship pathway.

 

Group 1 Qualifications

  •  Members or Fellows of the Royal College of General Practitioners
  •  Members or Fellows of the Irish College of General Practitioners
  •  Fellows of the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians
  •  Certificants in General Practice, Netherlands
  •  Diploma van huisarts Diploma of General Practitioner, Belgium (up to 2007) and Master in de Huisartsgeneeskunde Master in General Practice, Belgium (from 2007)
  •  Certificants in Family Medicine, College of Family Physicians of Canada (if gained with the clinical examination)
  • Graduates of the Master of Medicine in Family Medicine, Singapore, if held with Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians.

Group 2 Qualifications

  • Certificants in Family Medicine, College of Family Physicians of Canada (if gained without the clinical examination)
  • Diplomates of the American Board of Family Medicine
  • Graduates of the Master of Medicine in Family Medicine, Singapore
  • Fellows of the College of Family Physicians of South Africa.

Apply (doc.)

Specialist training in other countries

If you have completed your specialist training in a country not already listed on this page, you are still welcome to apply for recognition of your qualifications and training pathway. 

You will need to provide full details and information about the training programme at the time you completed it. We will use that information to assess it against the College’s current General Practice Education Programme to ensure that it provided an equivalent postgraduate education.

Depending on the outcome of our assessment, you may be able to join either the Group 1 or Group 2 specialist training pathway along with doctors from the recognised countries.

To apply to join the Other Overseas specialist training programme, please complete and return the application form and the documentation we need. 

Please email us for more information