Doctors with international qualifications in general practice can join one of the pathways to Fellowship of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

How to have my experienced recognised

If you are not already working in New Zealand, you need to apply to the Medical Council of New Zealand for a practising certificate and provisional vocational registration as a general practitioner before applying to become a Fellow of the College. Once you have obtained a practising certificate and provisional vocational registration as a general practitioner, there are a number of pathways to Fellowship depending on your prior experience and training. 

Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)

Did you gain your Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) by passing the assessment route in Australia?

Please apply now to become a Fellow of our College through the reciprocal agreement between the RACGP and us. All you need to do is complete and return the application form and all the supporting documents we need. 

Apply here

Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FRACRRM)

Did you gain the Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine by passing the assessment route in Australia?

Please apply now to become a Fellow of our College through the reciprocal agreement between ACRRM and us. All you need to do is complete and return the application form and all the supporting documents we need. 

Apply here

Specialist training in recognised countries

If you have completed and passed the assessment requirements of one of these recognised overseas accredited practice training programmes, please apply to join the College’s Prior Specialist Training Programme to Fellowship pathway.

Apply here

 

Group 1 Qualifications


Group 2 Qualifications

  • Certificants in Family Medicine, College of Family Physicians of Canada (if gained without the clinical examination)
  • Diplomates of the American Board of Family Medicine
  • Graduates of the Master of Medicine in Family Medicine, Singapore
  • Fellows of the College of Family Physicians of South Africa.

Specialist training in other countries

If you have completed your specialist training in a country not already listed on this page, you are still welcome to apply for recognition of your qualifications and training pathway. 

You will need to provide full details and information about the training programme at the time you completed it. We will use that information to assess it against the College’s current General Practice Education Programme to ensure that it provided an equivalent postgraduate education.

Depending on the outcome of our assessment, you may be able to join either the Group 1 or Group 2 specialist training pathway along with doctors from the recognised countries.

To apply to join the Other Overseas specialist training programme, please complete and return the application form and the documentation we need. 

Apply here

Any questions?

If you have any questions about reciprocal Fellowships or having overseas qualifications and training recognised by us, please email overseas.gp@rnzcgp.org.nz