Overseas trained doctors

Nau mai haere mai, welcome. The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners welcomes applications from doctors with international qualifications in medicine to begin their training towards Fellowship with the College.

If you completed your training overseas and are currently working in New Zealand, you may be eligible to apply for one of the College’s pathways to Fellowship.

Please note, you must hold a general scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand and be currently practising.

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Recognised training programmes

The College has reciprocal agreements with both The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) or Royal Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (RACRRM).

Applying for Prior Specialist Training Pathway to Fellowship  

Step one: Check your qualification is recognised by the College

To apply for our Prior Specialist Training Pathway to Fellowship, you need to have a qualification from an overseas accredited GP training programme that is recognised and approved by the College. (See the College’s recognised programmes below).

If your programme isn’t recognised, please contact the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) for further information.

Step two: Make sure you hold a practising certificate

You must hold a current practising certificate in a general scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

Step three: Make sure you hold a current resuscitation certificate

All applicants must have a current Advanced Cardiac Life Support certificate (ACLS). See the list of College-endorsed ACLS courses [PDF]

You must refresh your Advanced Cardiovascular Life Training skills every three years through a College-endorsed course.

Step four: Apply for our Prior Specialist Training pathway

The Prior Specialist Training pathway is open to all doctors who hold one of the qualifications listed in the tables below.

Questions about where you fit?

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Once enrolled there are activities you will need to complete. This will include completing clinical time in New Zealand in a general scope of practice. To do this you must hold a current practising certificate. You must complete:

  1. Different activities depending on whether you have a Group 1 or Group 2 qualification.
  2. Clinical time in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  3. A Fellowship assessment visit.
Group one recognised programmes/qualifications

United Kingdom

Members or Fellows of the Royal College of General Practitioners

Republic of Ireland

Members or Fellows of the Irish College of General Practitioners

Hong Kong

Fellows of the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians

Netherlands

Certificants in General Practice, Netherlands

Belgium

Diploma van huisarts Diploma of General Practitioner, Belgium (up to 2007) and Master in de Huisartsgeneeskunde Master in General Practice, Belgium (from 2007)

Canada

Certificants in Family Medicine, College of Family Physicians of Canada (if gained with the clinical examination)

Singapore

Graduates of the Master of Medicine in Family Medicine, Singapore, if held with Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians

Australia

Doctors who hold Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners or of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and who are no longer current members of that College

Group two recognised programmes/qualifications

Canada

Certificants in Family Medicine, College of Family Physicians of Canada (if gained without the clinical examination)

USA

Diplomates of the American Board of Family Medicine (Must hold current Board certification

Singapore

Graduates of the Master of Medicine in Family Medicine, Singapore

South Africa

Fellows of the College of Family Physicians of South Africa

Step five: Pay your application and programme fee
You need to pay a non-refundable $400 + GST application and programme fee.

Step six: Study 
If your application is successful, you will be enrolled in the Prior Specialist Training pathway.

If you are unsuccessful 
Often doctors who are unsuccessful applying for the Prior Specialist Training pathway don’t have the right qualifications for this course of study. We recommend that you apply for the General Practice Education Programme (GPEP).
Get in touch 
If you'd like to discuss your situation and find out more detail about the application process, email our International Admissions Advisor.