Aotearoa, New Zealand graduate registration

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


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

  • complete their programme of education
  • pass the National Midwifery Examination set by the Midwifery Council
  • satisfy the Midwifery Council that you are fit for registration and of good character
  • not have any mental or physical condition that will prevent you from practising effectively as a midwife
  • be able to communicate effectively
  • be fluent in written and spoken English
The transcript of each successful graduate from a degree programme will include completion of:
  • more than 2400 clinical hours
  • more than 1920 theory hours
  • more than 4800 total hours
  • a minimum of 25 follow-throughs where the same woman is cared for in the antenatal, labour and birth, and post-natal period. 
  • at least 100 antenatal assessments
  • at least 100 neonatal assessments
  • at least 100 postnatal assessments of the woman
  • no less than 40 facilitated births
  • care of no less than 40 women with complications during their pregnancy, birth or postnatal period

The Head of School will also confirm the candidate's competence and fitness to practise.

Convictions and Health

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

If an offence has occurred, 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 this impacts on your ability to be registered.

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

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. Unless you instruct us otherwise verified copies are securely destroyed. 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 you details while you collate the information that is required. Your application will not be processed until you have paid the required fees.

What documentation is required?

The following is a list of the documents that are required


  1. Certified copies of two different forms of identity.
  2. The Council is required to assure itself of your identity. The document 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 completed the certification checklist. This document must also be provided to the Council.

  3. Consent form for New Zealand police vetting
  4. The Council is required to satisfy itself of your fitness to practice. You must be able to demonstrate that you are of good character. Please download the vetting form, complete it and then submit it as part of your application. If you are disclosing a conviction then please complete the Police Vetting - Request and Consent 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 are required to be sent directly to the Council from the national authority for the country. Please note that regional checks will not be accepted.

  7. Two references one from a midwife who you have worked with in clinical practice and the other from a person of good standing in the community
  8. Please download the forms give them to the person responsible and ask them to send them directly to the Council. Instructions for completion are on each form.

  9. A medical report
  10. The Council must reassure itself of your fitness to practice. 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 then 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 responsible authority. This letter must come directly to the Council.

  13. Evidence of English language proficiency if English is not your first language
  14. If English is not your first language you must provide evidence that your English proficiency meets the required standard. Please upload the results that you used to gain entry into your programme of education.

  15. Head of school confirmation
  16. Your Head of School will provide the Council with a Reference that certifies you are fit to be registered and a transcript from your programme of education. This transcript will confirm that you have met all the requirements for registration.

  17. Sitting the national exam
  18. In order to sit the National Midwifery Exam you must apply to the exam provider. Exams can be sat two weeks after you have formally completed your programme of education and the Council has been notified by your school.

Failure to provide all the necessary documentation

A failure to provide all the necessary documentation within two weeks of sitting the exam can mean that you are withdrawn from your booked sitting. The Council will not make this decision without contacting you first and giving you the opportunity to fulfil any obligations.

The Council considers each application for registration on an individual basis, and may require further information to support the application. Te Tatau o te Whare Kahu, the Midwifery Council registers successful applicants who have provided all the necessary information for registration as soon as practicable after they pass the examination.