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  1. Continuing professional development (CPD)
  2. Employing an overseas practitioner
  3. The Council and professional associations of osteopaths
  4. Osteopath's title

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Continuing professional development (CPD)

Q. What are the CPD requirements?
A. Practitioners must complete at least 25 credits from CPD activities during the year 1 January - 31 December, in order to renew their APC from the following 1 April.


Q. Do lecturers and those teaching CPD courses get CPD credits for their teaching activities?
A. Yes, to a maximum of 10 credits in any one year, for teaching:

  1. on the Unitec Master's of Osteopathy programme;
  2. approved CPD courses or
  3. osteopathic post-graduate courses

irrespective of:

  • whether the teaching is carried out in New Zealand or overseas,
  • the total hours of teaching, and
  • the number of different courses taught at different institutions.

Any possibly relevant teaching that falls outside of these three categories will be considered on a case by case basis. Proof of attendance hours must be provided to gain the credits.


Q. If I'm doing paper(s) at a university or other tertiary institution, does this count towards my CPD?
A. If you are doing tertiary studies you can to apply to the Osteopathic Council to have CPD credits awarded, provided that the studies are relevant to the Osteopathic Scope of Practice. All units in the following programmes are pre-approved as CPD: 

  • Postgraduate Health Sciences Courses at the University of Otago
  • Postgraduate Courses from the AUT Dept of Health & Environmental Sciences.

Q. If I attend the AGM of an osteopathic or medical association, how many CPD credits will this give me?
A. 2 credits.


Q. I recently graduated in New Zealand - do I have to do CPD?
A. Yes - in order to be issued with practising certificates all osteopaths must be able to demonstrate that they have maintained their competency by participating in CPD. It is important that recent graduates continue to expand their skill base.

The number of CPD credits required during the year in which you are registered by the Osteopathic Council, depends on the month in which you were registered and obtained an Annual Practising Certificate. If you were granted a practising certificate some time after registering, check with the Registrar:
If registered between 30 June and 31 October, a minimum of 12.5 credits is required for that calendar year in order to qualify for an APC for the following APC year commencing 1 April;

If registered during November or December, you are not required to complete that calendar year's CPD in order to qualify for an APC for the following APC year commencing 1 April ;
Otherwise full CPD is required for the current year if you were registered in the period 1January to 30 June.


Q. I'm working part-time. Do I have to meet the same CPD requirements as full-time practitioners?
A. Yes. All practitioners must complete the same number of CPD credits before they can be issued with a renewed practising certificate. The rationale for CPD is that it helps practitioners to achieve a suitable level of competence. Practitioners must maintain the same level of competence regardless of whether they work full-time or part-time.


Q. Is there provision for practitioners to have the CPD requirements waived or deferred in special circumstances?
A. Although there is no guarantee you will be given special treatment, the Council will consider applications for exemption from the requirement to complete CPD.

Exemptions will be considered for physical or financial hardship or other unusual circumstances. A letter detailing your reasons for seeking an exemption should be sent to the Council at the earliest opportunity. Each case will be asessed on its own merits.


Q. I'm going overseas for an extended period. Will I be able to get an annual practising certificate when I get back?
A. Before issuing you with a new practising certificate the Council has to be satisfied that you are still competent to practice. You should therefore contact the Council well before the time you want to start working again in New Zealand, and provide details of CPD that you have done while you have been away.


Q. What if I'm away from New Zealand for a few months - will I still have to attain the full number of CPD credits?
A. If you are away for less than six months you will have to attain the full number of credits.

If you are away for more than six months in a practising year you can ask the Council to consider adjusting your CPD requirements. Each application will be assessed on its merits, with the Council taking into consideration factors such as whether you have completed courses or other forms of training while overseas.


Q. I'm migrating to New Zealand and have passed the ANZOC assessment for registration. What will my CPD requirements be?
A. This will depend on a number of factors such as the time of year you start working here, and whether you have recently completed CPD in your country of origin. You should contact the Registrar for further information. However, the following is a guide:

Commencing practice in New Zealand between 1 January and 30 June
You will be required to do the full CPD credits for that calendar year in order to qualify for an APC for the following APC year commencing 1 April.

Commencing practice in New Zealand between 30 June and 31 October
A minimum of 12.5 CPD credits will be required for that calendar year in order to qualify for an APC for the following APC year commencing 1 April.

Commencing practice in New Zealand during November or December
You are not required to complete CPD for that calendar year.


Q. I have been absent from practice in New Zealand for an extended period and do not hold a current APC. I now wish to re-enter practice. What will my CPD requirements be?
A. This will depend on a number of factors such as how long you have been out of practice, the time of year you start working here, and whether you have recently completed any CPD. You should contact the Registrar for further information.

Once you re-enter practice, you will need to keep up CPD activities for the balance of the calendar year in order to qualify for an APC for the following APC year commencing 1 April.

If you have been absent from practice in New Zealand for three years or more, you may be required to complete the competent authority pathway.

Generally if you are re-commencing practice between 1 January and 30 June you are required to do the full CPD credits for that calendar year in order to qualify for next year's APC.

If you are re-commencing practice between 30 June and 31 October, a minimum of 12.5 CPD credits are required for that year in order to qualify for next year's APC.

If you are re-commencing practice during November or December, you are not required to complete CPD for that year in order to qualify for next year's APC.


Employing an overseas practitioner

Q. I want to employ a practitioner from overseas. Will s/he have to pass an assessment?
A. All overseas applicants (except those registered in Australian states and territories) must have their qualifications assessed by OCNZ. Details of the assessment can be found on this website.


Q. Can overseas applicants get temporary registration whilst their qualifications are being assessed?
A. No - there is no provision for temporary registration.


Q. I've been told it's not possible for practitioners to get a work visa for New Zealand prior to leaving their home country. Is this correct?
A. New Zealand Immigration Service has advised us that work visas/permits will not be issued until it has proof of registration. There is, however, a special category of visitor policy for people coming to New Zealand to obtain occupational registration (see NZIS policy manual reference V3.45). Once registration is obtained the practitioner can apply for a temporary work permit or permanent residence without having to leave New Zealand.

(Note: because NZIS policy changes, it pays to ask NZIS for an update before making any plans, including the policy on which qualifications are acceptable and whether a New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) assessment of the qualification is required!)


Q. Does the Council keep a list of practitioners who are looking for work?

A. No. This is not one of the Council's statutory functions.


The Council and professional associations of Osteopaths

Q. I thought the Osteopathic Council was the successor to the New Zealand Register of Osteopaths. Is this not correct?

A. The Council is not a successor to the NZRO. The Council was newly established by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 and is answerable to the Minister of Health, who appoints osteopaths and lay-people to the Council in a governance role. Council's primary task is to provide mechanisms for the protection of members of the public rather than to promote the interests of the profession (see the section on the Council's functions in ‘About the Council'). The NZRO, on the other hand, was an incorporated society, and so was ultimately answerable to its members.


Osteopath's title

Q. Now that I'm registered with the Osteopathic Council, what description do I put on my business card, etc.
A. The Council recommends that you use the description ‘osteopath' or ‘registered osteopath'.

In terms of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, no-one can describe himself/herself as an osteopath unless s/he is registered. So the use of the word ‘registered' is in a sense superfluous; however, its use may give a stronger message to members of the public.

Note: It is incorrect to describe yourself as a "member of the Osteopathic Council". Only those who have been appointed to the Council by the Minister of Health in a governance role might be described as members of the Osteopathic Council.

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