New Zealand citizens or permanent residents

To apply for GPEP you must meet all these four criteria:

  1. You must have finished two postgraduate years in rotating hospital runs by the time you start your first year of GPEP. This is a total of eight runs. You may complete your runs the year you apply, and they do not need to be completed before you start your application. Read the run specialties.
  2. You must have finished 12 months of your two postgraduate years in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  3. You must hold, or be eligible to hold, general registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) that allows you to participate fully in the GPEP programme without any restrictions.


    have written assurance from the MCNZ that you will have general registration that permits unrestricted participation in GPEP before you start GPEP year 1
  4. Provide a Certificate of Professional Status (COPS) from the Medical Council of New Zealand no less than three months prior to the programme start date. This certificate is to confirm that you are in good professional standing.

Non-New Zealand citizens or permanent residents

If you're not a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, you may be eligible for the Health Workforce Directorate of the Ministry of Health funding. To be eligible, you must:

  • have a commitment to live in Aotearoa, including an intention to obtain a permanent resident visa, and
  • have a willingness to work in rural or high-needs practices, or hard-to-place regions of the motu.

The College will work with you to apply to the Health Workforce Directorate of the Ministry of Health, New Zealand that will outline your residency intentions and other relevant details.

While your application is being considered any offer of training will also be dependent on the amount of funding the College receives for the training programme, and the availability of training practices in your region. You may be placed on a waitlist until we have received confirmation of this.