The Board Examination must be sat by Overseas Trained Dietitians who have had their dietetic qualifications recognised. New Zealand Registered Dietitians who have not worked as a dietitian for more than 2 years and who wish to return to dietetic practice may also be required to sit it.

The Board Examination consists of two stages:

Stage 1 - Written examination (Multi Choice Questions - MCQ)

The next available MCQ exam will be 8 March 2018, applications for the exam will close 20 December 2017To be eligible to sit the exam, your application for assessment, must be submitted by 1 November, 2017

Written MCQ examination sittings are organised by an Exam Clearing House. Therefore late applications cannot be accepted.

You apply for the MCQ through the DAA - dsr@daa.asn.au - payment is made directly to the DAA - contact them for the current fee

A cancellation fee will be applied if candidates withdraw from an exam.

This examination can be sat outside New Zealand.

The examination centre within New Zealand for the 8 September 2017 MCQ is Auckland.

The examination centre within New Zealand for the 8 March 2018 MCQ is Wellington.

A verification process is in place with DAA and the Board.

You must pass the written examination to be eligible to sit the oral examination - you have 3 attempts only to pass the MCQ.

Information about the written examination and oral examination and recommended reading can be found in the column on the left

Registration Competency Requirements can be found in the column on the left

Other references and resources can be found in the column on the left

Stage 2- Oral examination

The date for the next Oral exam is 4 November 2017.

This examination must be sat in New Zealand - the examination centre is Auckland..

Only those who have successfully completed the written examination can sit the oral examination. 

The oral examination is generally held about 6 weeks following the written examination.

Application and payment is made directly to the Dietitians Board - the current fee is $1000.

If you fail the oral examination you are allowed to re-sit it - you only can have 3 attempts.


Both the written and oral examinations must be passed within the same three year period.

If you are resitting an examination your assessment for eligibility to sit the examination must be current (including the IELTS).

Your original assessment for eligibility is current for three years. 

If your original assessment for eligibility is out of date you will be required to reapply for an assessment for eligibility to sit the examination and pay the appropriate fee.

If you have any enquiries please send us an email - administration@dietitiansboard.org.nz