Practitioners

In order to be able to practice podiatry in New Zealand podiatrists must hold a current practising certificate. All Annual Practising Certificates (APC) expire on 31 March each year and practitioners must renew their APC by then in order to continue practising legally on 1 April.

All APC applicants must comply with the Board's continuing competence requirements as part of their recertification (obtaining an APC). Refer to the Podiatrists Board Recertification Framework (PBRCF) for further information on these requirements.

This will be replaced by a new CPD programme the Board is introducing on 1 January 2018, which will be based on a 2 year cycle. Practitioners will also be able to log their CPD hours online. 

APCs can be renewed online using the login on the home page during March and April each year. Practitioner contact details may be updated throughout the year on the same login. 

First time APC applicants and Return to Practice APC applicants are unable to apply on line and must send in the completed application form available on the website. They are required to provide further documentation, including evidence of a current Basic Life Support certificate.

For NZ registrants returning to practice having not practised in New Zealand for 3 years or more, refer to the Board's Return to Practice policy. Registrants who have not practised in NZ for 5 years or more are required to sit the Board's cultural competence Open Book Exam as a requirement to renewing their APC.

If you do not intend to practice and will not be applying to renew your APC, in order to remain on the Register as non-practising you must pay the Inactive Maintenance fee. During the APC renewal period you will be able to do this online. You may also request removal from the Register if you wish.

The Board provides various services to those who have previously gained registration with the Board. These include:

  • Annual Practising Certificates
  • Certificates of Registration
  • Certificates for use by podiatrists applying for registration in other countries
  • Copy of Register (available to the public) . Please note the Board does not publish addresses.
  • Fees payment form

Change Register Details

Address changes
NB: The Podiatrists Board may from time to time publish the Register, however it does not publish any addresses or contact numbers.

Name changes
Within one month after a podiatrist changes their name, the podiatrist must give the Registrar written notice of the new name.