Return to Practice

Recertification (Return to Practice) requirements aim to protect the quality and value of the Boards Registration policy, according to the HPCA Act, thereby protecting the health and safety of members of the public, by making sure that dietitians possess the current knowledge and skills required to practise competently and safely.

The recertification requirements will vary according to the time out of the dietetic workforce, and the individual needs of the dietitian.


RETURNING WITHIN TWO YEARS OF PRACTISING DIETETICS IN NZ

In such cases, Registered Dietitians will be required to fill in an Application for an APC on the current form for these purposes. At the time of applying the applicant must have met any continuing competence requirements including successful completion of the annual prescriber update, if applicable. Failure to complete the current prescriber update will mean that the prescribing endorsement will be removed until such time as the requirement has been successfully fulfilled.


NZ DIETITIANS RETURNING FROM PRACTISING DIETETICS OVERSEAS

Registered Dietitians who have practised dietetics overseas and who wish to return to work in New Zealand within 2 years of last APC (NZ) should follow the steps outlined above.

If it has been more than 2 years since last APC (NZ), then applicants will need to provide:

  • Application to Return to Practice and payment
  • Cover letter 
  • Summary of work experience - CV
  • Proof of dietetic competency and practice, e.g. two recent Performance Appraisals
  • Two references, and/or any information about continuing competence programmes in which they  have participated, and
  • Certificate of Good Standing and/or proof of Registration with Health Professions Council/credentialing agency/regulatory authority.

All assessments will be made on a case by case basis, taking into account time spent overseas and career pathway followed overseas.  In some cases the Board may apply a period of supervision or require a candidate to pass the Board examination before an APC is issued.


RETURNING AFTER AN ABSENCE OF MORE THAN TWO YEARS BUT LESS THAN FIVE YEARS 

Registered Dietitians who have not worked as a dietitian for more than 2 years, but less than 5 years and who wish to return to dietetic work, must provide:

  • Return to Practice Application form and payment
  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Identify a mentor
  • Develop and submit a professional development learning plan focused on transition back to practise which must be signed by the mentor.
  • Criminal check is required if you have lived overseas

Any Dietitian who wishes to prescribe must sit and pass the Prescriber Training Course which is offered annually by the Board before their APC can be endorsed.

You may be required to sit and pass the Boards Oral Registration Examination.

All assessments will be made on a case-by-case basis but Registered Dietitians who have not worked as a dietitian for more than 2 years, but less than 5 years may be required to undertake up to 15 months supervision, fortnightly for the first three months and then on a monthly basis.  


RETURNING AFTER AN ABSENCE OF FIVE YEARS OR MORE

Registered Dietitians who have not worked as a dietitian for 5 years or more, and who wish to be assessed as eligible to return to dietetic work must provide:   

 

  • Return to Practice Application form and payment
  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Identify a mentor
  • Develop and submit a professional development learning plan focused on transition back to practise which must be signed by the mentor.
  • Criminal check is required if you have lived overseas

All assessments will be made on a case-by-case basis but Registered Dietitians who have not worked as a dietitian for 5 years or more may be required to sit and pass the Board's Oral and Written Examinations before being permitted to practise dietetics. Following that they should also expect to be required to undertake 15 months supervision fortnightly for the first three months and then on a monthly basis and will be called for audit after one year.

Any dietitian who wishes to prescribe must successfully complete the Prescriber Training Course, which is offered annually by the Board, before their APC can be endorsed.