Internationally trained GPs
If you wish to practice medicine in New Zealand you must first gain registration from the Medical Council of New Zealand
Did you complete your GP training overseas? Do you hold current general registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand? If not, please contact the Medical Council first.
Doctors with international qualifications in general practice can join one of the pathways to Fellowship of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.
Becoming a Fellow in New Zealand will extend your career opportunities and enable you to be part of a collegial network of GPs.
Benefits of Fellowship with The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
Gaining Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners has a number of benefits:
- Access the College’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme, a high quality, bespoke learning programme, with a team of advisors available to support you.
- Be part of a nationwide community of GPs with shared values and passions. Develop collegial relationships with other GP Fellows and have access to a support network of your peers.
- Increase your earning potential and employment desirability.
- Work independently, anywhere in New Zealand, including rural and remote locations.
- Extend your career opportunities and interests; Fellows can become medical educators and train registrars. Fellows can also take up governance roles with the College and be invited onto specialist working groups and committees.
- Access a range of member benefits including discounts and resources.
How do I become a Fellow of the College?
If you're not already working in New Zealand, your first step is to check your qualification is from one of our recognised overseas accredited GP training programmes. If your qualification is recognised, please apply to the Medical Council of New Zealand for registration in the general scope of practice.
Once you have obtained a practising certificate to allow you to work in general practice without conditions or limitations, you are eligible to apply for the prior specialist training pathway. depending on your qualification and training and experience.
Recognised training programmes
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.
*To be eligible for this pathway you must be registered with the Medical Council in the General scope of practice, hold a current practising certificate and be currently employed in New Zealand or have evidence of employment.
*You must have completed the RACGP registrar training and assessment programme in Australia.
Fellow of the Australian College Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)
Did you gain your Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) in Australia? Please apply now to become a Fellow of the College (FRNZCGP) through the recognition agreement between the RNZCGP and ACRRM. All you need to do is complete and return the application form and all the supporting documents.
Specialist training in recognised countries
If you have completed and passed the assessment requirements of one of these recognised overseas accredited training programmes, please apply to join the College’s Prior Specialist Training Programme pathway to Fellowship.
Depending on whether your qualification sits in Group 1 or 2 (see below), you will need to complete some GPEP formative and summative activities, clinical time in New Zealand and complete the Fellowship Assessment.
Further details about the assessments can be found in our Fellowship pathway regulations under 6.2
*To be eligible for this pathway you must be registered with the Medical Council in the general scope of practice and hold a current practising certificate.
Can't see your qualification?
If you have completed your specialist training in a country not listed, you should contact the Medical Council of New Zealand if you wish to work in New Zealand as a GP specialist.
You can apply directly to the Medical Council based on your overseas training and qualifications and the Medical Council will assess your case on its merits. Visit the Medical Council website to find out about vocational registration pathways.
A current resuscitation certificate is part of your requirement as a working general practitioner. ACLS skills must be refreshed every 3 years through college endorsed courses. Here is the list of contacts of resuscitation skills providers (for all members) and for emergency management skills providers (for DRHM tier 1 and tier 2).
If you'd like to discuss your situation and find out what pathway is right for you, please contact our International Admissions Advisor.