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

Apply to have your prior specialist training recognised

Have a read through the information below to find your situation and relevant pathway. Feel free to get in touch with the College, and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Clinical experience gained before beginning the General Practice Education Programme

General practice clinical experience:

  • If you have completed specialist training in other overseas countries,

 - AND - 

If you are accepted into GPEP and become a member of the College, you can apply to have your GPEP clinical time reduced. 

We will consider your clinical experience during previous formal training, and its relevance to the GPEP programme and the New Zealand health system, when we make our decision. 

If we recognise your prior clinical learning, it can reduce your total time in GPEP by up to 12 months.

To apply for recognition of your prior learning, please complete and return the application form with all the documentation we need. 


Non-general practice clinical experience 

If you are accepted into the General Practice Education Programme (GPEP), you can apply to have your non-general practice clinical time such as rural hospital medicine or as an urgent care physician recognised as prior learning. It must be relevant to general practice to qualify.

If we recognise your prior clinical learning, you will be exempted from some of the clinical time or education components of GPEP.

To apply for recognition of your prior learning, please complete and return the application form with all the documentation we need. 

Download the Recognition of Prior Learning Application Form

Any questions? 
If you have any questions about having overseas qualifications and training recognised by us, please email margaret.needham@rnzcgp.org.nz


How to have your experience 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. *You must have completed the RACGP registrar training and assessment programme in Australia. 

Download the Fellowship by Reciprocity Application Form (doc.)

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

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. *You must have completed the ACRRM registrar training and assessment programme in Australia.

Download the Fellowship by Reciprocity Application Form (doc.)

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.

 

Group 1 Qualifications

  •  Members or Fellows of the Royal College of General Practitioners
  •  Members or Fellows of the Irish College of General Practitioners
  •  Fellows of the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians
  •  Certificants in General Practice, Netherlands
  •  Diploma van huisarts Diploma of General Practitioner, Belgium (up to 2007) and Master in de Huisartsgeneeskunde Master in General Practice, Belgium (from 2007)
  •  Certificants in Family Medicine, College of Family Physicians of Canada (if gained with the clinical examination)
  • Graduates of the Master of Medicine in Family Medicine, Singapore, if held with Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians.
  • Doctors who hold Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners or of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and who are no longer current members of that College

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.

Download the Prior Specialist Training Application form (doc)

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. 

Please email us for more information