Psychologist Registration

Doug McCall
10.05.24 06:03 AM Comment(s)

New Zealand Psychologists Board 

In New Zealand, the practice of psychology is regulated to ensure public safety. The title "psychologist" is protected by law and can only be used by registered professionals. The New Zealand Psychologists Board (NZPB) regulates the practice and maintains a public register. The board also sets registration and practice standards and addresses concerns or complaints about psychologists' services under the New Zealand Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

When considering emigrating, the first step is to check whether your qualifications, training, and practice meet the requirements of the New Zealand Psychologists Board (NZPB). Psych-Recruitment can assist you in checking these requirements.


The application process is more straightforward for psychologists registered or licensed in countries with a similar regulatory system and training. The NZPB refers to these countries as prescribed countries, which include Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and South Africa. Psychologists licensed in non-prescribed countries may also be eligible for registration in New Zealand if their qualifications and training are equivalent to those of the New Zealand training system.

The application process can take a while, so it's best to allow 4-6 months. Psych-Recruitment offers full support to psychologists who use our services. We assist in gathering the required documentation and scheduling online calls to review applications, ensuring timely submission to meet your deadlines. Our goal is to guide you through the process and make it as smooth and efficient as possible. 

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Doug McCall

Owner and Recruiter

Doug helps psychologists transition to working and living in New Zealand. He has extensive knowledge of local psychology practices, international relocation, and the job market for psychologists.