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 Written Examination is held twice a year (usually around March and September). The next available MCQ exam will be 7 March 2019, applications for the exam will close 17 December 2018To be eligible to sit the exam your application for Recognition of Qualifications must be submitted by 23 November 2018. The MCQ exam will also be offered in September 2019.

Please ensure your documentation is complete when you send it in and your referees meet this deadline to ensure your assessment can be completed to enable you to apply to sit the MCQ if your qualifications are recognised by the Board.

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 directly for the current fee [AUS$1,150 (sit in Australia or NZ) AUS$1,350 (rest of the world)]

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

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 MCQ is Wellington.

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

Professional Standards and Competencies for Dietitians and the Registration Competency Requirements can be found in the column on the left - please refer to both documents from January 1 2019

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

APPLICATIONS FOR THE MARCH 2019 MCQ EXAM WILL CLOSE TUESDAY 17 DECEMBER – no late applications will be accepted.

Stage 2- Oral examination

The Oral Examination is held twice a year (usually in May and November) - the date for the next Oral exam is yet to be confirmed.

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 subject to the release of the results.

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