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Annual Practising Certificates
Annual Practising Certificates/Renewal Requirements

The Board's Annual Practising Year runs from the 1st October to the 30th September each year.

In order to practise in New Zealand all psychotherapists need to be registered and also hold a current Annual Practising Certificate.

Practitioners must not claim to be practising as psychotherapists or do anything to suggest that they are practising as a psychotherapist unless they are registered and hold a current practising certificate issued by the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand.

You should have your registration and practising certificates displayed in a prominent position.

Your responsibilities as a practitioner

As a registered psychotherapist you have certain responsibilities under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA).

In particular you must:

  • Not practise outside the scope of practice in which you are registered (Sn 8)
  • Not describe yourself as or imply that you are a health practitioner of a particular kind unless you are registered and qualified to be a practitioner of that kind.
  • Not perform certain activities restricted to health practitioners (Sn 9) unless these activities fall within your scope of practice
  • Not practise without a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC)
  • Comply with any conditions that the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand may place on your scope of practice (Sn 22.3)
  • Provide the information determined by the Psychotherapists Board when applying for an APC along with the relevant fee (Sn 26.2)
  • Meet the requirements of a recertification programme as determined by the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand (Sn 41)
  • Comply with any orders that the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand may make following a review of your competence (Sn 38)
  • Comply with the requirements of any competence programme that the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand may set (Sn 40)
  • Allow the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand to inspect all or any of your records for the purpose of a competence review, competence programme or recertification programme (Sn 42)
  • Inform the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand of the current postal address, residential address and (if applicable) work address, and promptly advise the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand of any changes in your address (Sn 140)
  • Advise the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand of any changes in your name within one month (Sn 141)
  • Promptly notify the Registrar of the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand if you have reason to believe that another practitioner is unable to perform the functions required for the practice of psychotherapy because of a mental or physical condition (Sn 45.2). Note that if you have similar concerns over a health practitioner registered with another authority you may notify the registrar of the authority concerned

Applying for a replacement APC

If you wish to apply to the Board for the issue of a replacement practising certificate, please complete the application form below and send it in to the Board with your payment of $70.00 (payment options are listed below).

Click here to download the document.

Applying for changes or removal of conditions on an APC

If you wish to apply to the Board for changes to existing conditions on your scope of practice or the removal of conditions from your scope of practice, you need to do the following:

-Complete this application form - Click here to download the document.

-Attach a personal statement explaining what conditions you would like the Board to consider changing or removing from your scope of practice (including reasons)

-Submit payment of $160.00 for your application (see payment options below)

-Return your current APC to the Board's office (with your application documents).

Making a payment

Paying by Direct Credit
If you wish to make a payment by internet banking, our bank details are:
Payee: Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand
Bank: Westpac
Account: 03 0502 0367216 00
When paying by Direct Credit you must put in the following:
Particulars your registration number:
Code your name

Paying by Credit Card
Click here to make a credit card payment

Conditions
 

Conditions on Scope of Practice

5 year time limit
"Acceptance into the Interim Psychotherapist Scope of Practice must be for the purpose of achieving registration in either the Psychotherapist Scope of Practice or the Psychotherapist Scope of Practice with Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist Specialism. Practitioners can only remain in the Interim Psychotherapist Scope of Practice for a maximum period of 5 years, save for exceptional circumstances as determined by the Board. The 5 year timeframe will begin from the date of registration and continue uninterrupted."


Competence to Practice in the New Zealand Context
"Within 12 months a practitioner with this condition on their scope will provide the Board with evidence that they are competent in the following areas: Te Tiriti o Waitangi and relevance to psychotherapy practice in bicultural NZ; Cultural and social dynamics and safety specifically relevant to bicultural NZ; Understanding of the New Zealand Health sector and New the Zealand law relevant to psychotherapy practice."

Practitioners who are deemed fit for registration but who are new to New Zealand may need to provide evidence of competence to practice in the New Zealand context. Practitioners shall review the Comparable Qualifications Policy. A copy of this policy is available on the Board's Board Policies


Return to work, Supervision
"Supervision arrangements as stipulated by the Board"
This condition is usually placed on a practitioner returning to work after a period of non-practising greater than three years. For more information on returning to practice please see the following section

https://secure.pbanz.org.nz/index.php?Returningtopractise