Internationally trained GPs


Did you complete your GP training overseas? Doctors with international qualifications in general practice can join one of the pathways to Fellowship of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. 

Becoming a Fellow in New Zealand will extend your career opportunities and enable you to be part of a collegial network of GPs. 

Benefits of Fellowship with The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners 

Gaining Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners has a number of benefits:

  • Access the College’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme, a high quality, bespoke learning programme, with a team of advisors available to support you.  
  • Be part of a nationwide community of GPs with shared values and passions. Develop collegial relationships with other GP Fellows and have access to a support network of your peers. 
  • Increase your earning potential and employment desirability.
  • Work independently, anywhere in New Zealand, including rural and remote locations.
  • Extend your career opportunities and interests; Fellows can become medical educators and train registrars. Fellows can also take up governance roles with the College and be invited onto specialist working groups and committees. 
  • Access a range of member benefits including discounts and resources.

How do I become a Fellow of the College?

If you're not already working in New Zealand, your first step is to check your qualification is from one of our recognised overseas accredited GP training programmes.  If your qualification is recognised, please apply to the Medical Council of New Zealand for registration in the general scope of practice.

Once you have obtained a practising certificate to allow you to work in general practice without conditions or limitations, you are eligible to apply for the prior specialist training pathway. depending on your qualification  and training and experience. 

Recognised training programmes

Fellow of Australian College or Fellow of Australian Rural Remote Medicine

Did you gain your Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) or 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 the RACGP/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 RACGP or 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 training programmes, please apply to join the College’s Prior Specialist Training Programme pathway to Fellowship.

Depending on whether your qualification sits in Group 1 or 2 (see below), you will need to complete some GPEP formative and summative activities, clinical time in New Zealand and complete the Fellowship Assessment.   

Further details about the assessments can be found in our Fellowship pathway regulations under 6.2

Download the Prior Specialist Training Application form (doc)


Can't see your qualification?

If you have completed your specialist training in a country not listed, you should contact the Medical Council of New Zealand if you wish to work in New Zealand as a GP specialist. 

You can apply directly to the Medical Council based on your overseas training and qualifications and the Medical Council will assess your case on its merits. Visit the Medical Council website to find out about vocational registration pathways.

Need help?

If you'd like to discuss your situation and find out what pathway is right for you, please contact our vocational registration advisor.