Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

I am an overseas Practitioner

Are you an occupational therapist from overseas considering practising in Aotearoa New Zealand?

We’ll need to compare your overseas educational programme against Aotearoa New Zealand standards. Depending on our findings you may be required to attend courses, take an exam, or provide supporting information.

If you are a registered, practising Occupational Therapist in Australia, you can apply for registration under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act. Please click here for more information.

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


Registration Information

Overseas Registration Information (PDF, 599KB, 12 pages)
Information for Overseas Qualified applicants applying for registration and practising certificate.

Overseas Qualified Checklist (PDF, 482KB, 1 page)
A checklist for Overseas Qualified applicants to help you organise your registration and practising certificate application.

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.

Fitness Policy (PDF, 369KB, 7 pages)
Policy for assessing of fitness for registration and recertification.

Registration Forms

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

Reference Form (DOC, 52KB, 4 pages)
Reference form to help support your application for registration.

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.