Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

I am studying to be an Occupational Therapist

Congratulations on becoming qualified.

To practise in Aotearoa New Zealand you need to become registered with us. It’s illegal to practise without registering and getting a practising certificate. When you are ready to make your registration application, please click the ‘Online Application’ button in the sidebar.

Take a look at the documents below to learn about the New Graduate registration process.

Registration Information

New Graduate Registration Information and Checklist (PDF, 940KB, 7 pages)
Information for New Graduate applicants applying for registration and practising certificate.

New Graduate Applying 12 Months After Graduation Registration Information (PDF, 279KB, 11 pages)
Information to help you gain registration if you are applying more then 12 months after graduating.

Requirements for Certifying Documents (PDF, 324KB, 2 pages)
Our requirements for document certification.

Requirements for Translating Documents (PDF, 438KB, 1 page)
Our requirements for document translation.

English Language Requirements (PDF, 169KB, 1 page)
Information about English Language requirements for applicants applying for registration.

Criminal Conviction Assessment Information (PDF, 198KB, 1 page)
Information about how we assess criminal convictions and what information we require.

Registration Forms

Payment form (DOC, 226KB, 1 page)
Please complete this when sending in a payment to us

Practising Certificate Application Form (DOC, 379KB, 10 pages)
You will only need to complete this form if you want a practising certificate, but did not make an online application with your registration application. As a new graduate you will not need to complete the Third Party Attestation section of the form.

Request for Criminal Conviction History – Third Party (PDF, 2140KB, 4 pages)
You will need to complete this form and return it to us when you are registering with us so we can apply for a criminal convictions history check on your behalf.

Supervision and Conditions

Supervision Requirements for Occupational Therapists (PDF, 850KB, 16 pages)
Your guide to supervision as an Occupational Therapist.

Quick Guide to Supervision (PDF, 125KB, 2 pages)
A quick reference for the different types of supervision.

Available Supervisors Directory (PDF, 629KB, 26 pages)
A list of Supervisors who wish to make their supervision services publicly available.

Resources for safe practice

We’ve created a range of publications to help you provide a safe working environment and safe relationships for you, your co-workers and consumers. This section has some of the publications you’ll need, more can be found here.

General Scope of Practice (PDF, 185KB, 1 page)
The definition of Scope you work under as an occupational therapist and the qualifications you must have.

Code of Ethics (PDF, 649KB, 1 page)
The ethical standards for occupational therapists.

Professional Boundaries for Occupational Therapists – A Guide for Practitioners (PDF, 812KB, 11 pages)
Information and guidance on maintaining a professional relationship with your clients.

Policy for the use of Occupational Therapy Qualifications and or Titles (PDF, 218KB, 3 pages)
Our policy for the use of Occupational Therapy Titles.

Policy on when Registration and a Practising Certificate is required (PDF, 415KB, 9 pages)
Our policy to give you guidance on when registration and a practising certificate is required.

Other useful resources and organisations

myOTBNZ user guide (PDF,360KB, 5 pages)
How to use myOtbnz for practitioners.

Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa
Join the New Zealand Association for Occupational Therapists.

Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 
The statutory law we must adhere to. The HPCA Act is intended to protect the health and safety of members of the public by providing mechanisms to ensure the life long competence of health practitioners.

Health and Disability Commissioner
The main role of the Health and Disability Commissioner is to ensure that the rights of consumers are upheld. This includes making sure that complaints about health or disability services are taken care of fairly and efficiently.

Ministry of Health
The Government’s principal advisor on health and disability: improving, promoting and protecting the health of all New Zealanders.