Returning to Midwifery practice in Aotearoa New Zealand


The HPCA Act requires the Midwifery Council to restrict the issue of an annual practising certificate if there are reasonable grounds to believe the applicant:

  • has not held an annual practising certificate within the three years immediately preceding the date of the application; or
  • has not, within the three years immediately preceding the date of the application, lawfully practised midwifery.

There are three categories of Returning to Midwifery Practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Category A Midwives who have taken a break from New Zealand practice for less than three years
Category B  Midwives who have taken a break from New Zealand practice for between three and five years
 Category C Midwives who have been out of New Zealand practice for more than five full years


The Council recommends that you read the Re-entry into New Zealand practice for midwives who have worked overseas policy and Returning to Midwifery practice in Aotearoa New Zealand information sheet before making your application.
If you are ready to begin or have any questions, please contact us either by email or on 04 499 5040.