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Two Board Examinations 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 3 years and wish to return to dietetic practice may also be required to sit.

The Board Examination consists of two stages:

STAGE 1 – Written Examination 

Multi-Choice Question Written Examination – MCQ

The MCQ is held twice a year (usually in March and September).  

The next MCQ exam will be held Thursday, 2 March 2023. Applications for this MCQ exam will close on 24 January 2023.  To be eligible to sit the MCQ exam your completed application for Recognition of qualifications (RoQ) must be submitted to the NZ Dietitians Board no later than 15 December 2022.

For those who have already completed the RoQ process, applications for the March 2023 MCQ are now open. Late MCQ applications cannot be accepted after the closing date 24 January 2023. 

You apply for the MCQ directly to Dietitians Australia (DA) - email Payment for the exam is made directly to the DA, for 1 April 2022 – 31 March 2022 the fee is AUD$1,228.

A results verification process occurs between DA and the NZ Dietitians Board.

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

The online MCQ examination can be sat outside of New Zealand.

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

The second MCQ exam for 2023 will be on Wednesday, 6 September 2023, and applications to sit for the exam will close on 25 July 2023. To be eligible to sit the September 2023 MCQ exam your application for assessment of qualifications (RoQ) must be submitted by 1 June 2023 at the latest. 

Note: Dietitians Australia was formally known as the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).

STAGE 2 – Oral Examination

Oral Examination – Online

The Oral Examination is held twice a year (usually in May and November).

The next Oral examination will be scheduled for May 2023 (exact date TBA). Applications for the May oral examination will close in April 2023(exact date TBA). Oral examinations are conducted via Zoom. Please be aware you may need to be available over two days due to scheduling. The October oral examination is likely to be held in October 2023 (exact date TBA), and applications for the October exam close in September 2023 (exact date TBA).

The oral examination consists of a simulated consultation with an actor, a reflective interview, and a final component which consists of 2 short answer written scenarios related to the consultation with a focus on public health interventions and food service systems.

Application and payment are made directly to the Dietitians Board – the current fee is NZD$1500.

Like the MCQ exam, you have 3 attempts only to pass the Oral Examination. 

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/OET results).

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 queries please contact the Registration Officer at