Application for a Practising Certificate

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To lawfully practise as a psychologist in New Zealand, a practitioner must first be registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and must hold a current practising certificate.

Further, all psychologists on the Register must hold a current practising certificate at any and all times they are practising within the scope of psychology, even if they are practising under some other title. [Refer sections 7 & 8 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003].

Note: If you have not practised psychology in the past three years (or more), please also read the information regarding Returning to Practice.


Application for a Practising Certificate (Online)

To apply for a 2017/2018 or 2018/2019 practising certificate, please login via the "Update Your Details on the Register" page.

If you need only a one-month or a three-month APC for the start of the 2018/2019 year (April+), you will need to complete the online process on April 1st.

**Important news: Annual Practising Certificate (APC) applications for 2018/2019

APC applications for the 2018/2019 year (1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019) can now be completed via the Board’s website. A letter and an email have been sent to all current (2017/2018) APC holders to remind them to renew or update their status for the 2018/2019 year. (Please make sure that the Board has your preferred, current email address before completing your application. Update your details here.)

Intern Psychologists’ status will automatically be renewed on April 1st, 2018.

Practitioners who currently hold “Register Maintenance” (non-practising) status have also been sent a letter and an email reminder to renew or update their status for the coming year.

If you need an APC for the remainder of this year (February and/or March 2018) you can also use the online application process. (Click here to go to the APC application page.)

Related Resources


The HPCA Act

Returning to Practice Information (under review)

Fee Schedule (current)

NZPB Decision Guidelines for Part 2 of the HPCA Act

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