Aotearoa, New Zealand graduate Rēhitatanga registration

I am an Aotearoa, New Zealand graduate, what are the requirements for registration?

Ngā mōhiohio rēhitatanga, Registration information


Before they can be registered, all New Zealand graduates must:

  • complete their programme of education
  • satisfy the Midwifery Council that they are fit for registration
  • not have any mental or physical condition that will prevent them from performing the functions required of a midwife
  • have sufficient ability to communicate in and comprehend English to protect the health and safety of the public
  • pass the National Midwifery Examination set by the Midwifery Council

Completion of programme of education

The Head of School will provide the Council with confirmation as to whether each graduate is competent and fit to be registered. They do this by completing the Head of School Confirmation, which confirms that the graduate has met the competencies for entry to the register of midwives. They also declare that, in their opinion, each graduate is fit and of good character to be entered onto the register. Each head of school will also provide the Council with a copy of the Transcript from the programme of education. The transcript of each successful graduate from a degree programme should include completion of all theoretical and clinical requirements.

Fitness to practise

The Council must be satisfied of each graduate’s fitness to practice.

The Council will ask each graduate to disclose any convictions and to consent to New Zealand Police vetting when they apply to be registered.

If the graduate has been convicted of an offence, the Council will consider factors such as the nature of the offence and the circumstances surrounding it, the penalty imposed, the time passed, and any discernible pattern of offending before deciding if the conviction impacts on the graduate’s fitness for registration.

Graduates who have lived overseas from the age of 18 will need to provide the Council with a police vet/criminal conviction history from each country they have lived in for one year or more. Information on how to apply for an international police check can be found HERE. Applicants are reminded that police certificates must be sent directly to the Midwifery Council from the issuing authority.

The Council will also ask each graduate to disclose any physical or mental health issues that could affect their ability to practise as a midwife. Further information may be required. Again, the Council will consider all matters before making a decision and the graduate may be invited to meet with the Council to discuss their circumstances. The graduate will not be refused registration without being given the opportunity to discuss their application with the Council.

English language requirements

Graduates for registration need to be able to:
  • communicate effectively for the purposes of practising within the Midwifery Scope of Practice; and
  • communicate in and comprehend English sufficiently to protect the health and safety of the public.

If English is not a graduate’s first spoken language, the graduate will need to provide evidence that their ability to communicate in and comprehend English is sufficient to practise effectively and to protect the health and safety of the public.

“First spoken language” means the language the graduate spoke first. It does not mean the graduate’s current primary language or the language they now speak the most.

Prior to entering a school of midwifery, the graduate should have completed an English language assessment. Graduates can seek an exemption from sitting an English language assessment but need to apply before they start their midwifery degree. Graduates are asked to provide documentation of their assessment result, or the exemption. Graduates unable to provide that documentation may be asked to complete an assessment and meet the required standards. The two tests that the Council accepts are IELTS academic module or OET.

The required level for the IELTS test is an overall score of 7.0. That needs to include a minimum score of 6.5 in both writing and reading, and a minimum of 7.0 in both speaking and listening. Graduates may attempt a number of sittings not more than 12 months apart, however any qualifying scores counting toward entry must be obtained in the same test. The OET test must provide evidence of a pass, being either A or B in each section, and can be achieved over a number of sittings not more than 12 months apart, however any qualifying scores counting towards entry must be obtained in the same test.

This standard may, instead, be met by completion of at least three years of secondary schooling in New Zealand. Graduates are asked to provide their NCEA results.

Any other English proficiency exemption will only be considered under exceptional circumstances. Such exemption applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must include evidence that the graduate reaches the required standard of proficiency rather than being an application to waive the standard.

National Midwifery Examination

In order to sit the National Midwifery Exam, each NZ graduate must apply to the exam provider, Aspeq, to book their exam. Exams can be sat two weeks following formal completion of the programme of education, and once the school has notified the Council that the graduate has successfully completed the programme of education. Formal completion does not mean graduation.
A failure to provide all the necessary documentation for registration two weeks before sitting the National Midwifery Exam can mean that the graduate is withdrawn from their booked sitting. The Council will not make the decision to withdraw a graduate without contacting them first and giving them the opportunity to fulfil any requirements.

Supporting information

While the Council will allow graduates to upload supporting identity documents electronically, the exact physical certified copies need to be sent to the Council for confirmation purposes. The certified copies of documents will be returned to the graduate once their registration has been processed. Uploaded copies will be retained in each graduate’s registration file.

The Council considers each application for registration on an individual basis and may require further information to support an application. The Council aims to register graduates as soon as possible after they have met all the requirements and provided all the necessary information for registration. Delays in sending the required information can lead to delays in processing applications.

New Zealand graduate registration process

It is important that you prepare for registration as there are a number of requirements that must be fulfilled. While the Council will allow you to upload documents, the original verified copies must be sent to the Council for confirmation purposes - these will be securely returned to you at the end of the application process. Uploaded copies are retained in your registration file.

How do I apply for registration?

Applications for registration are completed through the MyMCANZ portal, found on our website.

You are able to login and commence your application, then save your details while you collate the information that is required. Your application will not be processed until you have paid the required fees.

The following is a list of the documents that are required for a registration application:

  1. Certified copies of two different forms of identity
  2. The Council must assure itself of your identity. The Evidence of Identity document describes the types of identity documentation that the Council will accept. The Council will only accept certification from lawyers or Justices of the Peace. The person who certifies your documents must complete the Certification Checklist. The Certification Checklist must also be provided to the Council.

  3. Consent form for New Zealand police vetting
  4. Please download the Request and Consent form, complete it, and then submit it as part of your application. If you are disclosing a conviction, then please complete the Statement on criminal conviction and upload it as part of your application.

  5. Police checks from every country that you have lived in for more than one year from the age of 18 years
  6. These need to be sent directly to the Council from the national authority for the country. Regional checks will not be accepted.

  7. Two references, one from a midwife you have worked with in clinical practice, and one from a person of good standing in the community
  8. Please download the Reference Forms, give one to each of your referees to complete, and ask them to return their completed Reference Form directly to the Council. Instructions for completion are on each Reference Form.

  9. A medical report
  10. Please download the form, provide it to your doctor, and ask them to send it directly to the Council. If you are disclosing a health condition, then please complete the Health Status Disclosure Statement and upload that as part of your application.

  11. A letter of good standing from a regulatory authority if you are currently registered as a health professional
  12. If you are registered as a health professional in New Zealand or any other country, you must provide a letter of good standing from that regulatory authority. That letter must be sent directly to the Council from the regulatory authority.

  13. Evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first spoken language
  14. Please upload the results that you used to gain entry into your programme of education.

How to apply for Registration

To begin the application process click here

Information correct as at 02 September 2021