The Chiropractic Board is a Responsible Authority established under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act 2003. The Board’s key function is to protect the health and safety of the public by setting the standards for all chiropractors registered to practise in New Zealand.  Registration is a legal process, to gain registration, you must meet all legal requirements within the Gazetted Scope of Practice - Chiropractor under the HPCA Act. 

Pursuant to Section 11(1) of the HPCA Act, the Board has one approved Scope of Practice – Chiropractor –.  All chiropractors registered in New Zealand practise within this prescribed scope of practice.

Registration in New Zealand is two-fold – the first step being registration, the second is the right to practise Chiropractic by holding an Annual Practising Certificate (APC).  It is a breach of the HPCA Act 2003 to practise as a Chiropractor in New Zealand without holding a current APC granted by the New Zealand Chiropractic Board and significant penalties apply.  The APC is renewable each year.

Prior to applying, please ensure that you have read the Board’s Guidance Notes and Registration Policy.

To apply for registration, you will be required to provide:

  • This includes personal details, fitness for registration questions and a declaration.

    Payment: The current application for registration fee is available via the Gazette Notice.

    Proof of identity: This can be either a certified copy of the personal pages of your current passport, or a certified copy of your birth certificate, and can be uploaded online.

    Evidence of change of name (where applicable): You must provide a certified copy of evidence of your name change, which can be uploaded online.

  • If you are currently residing in New Zealand or have resided here in the past, the Board requires every applicant for registration to complete a Ministry of Justice – Request for Criminal Conviction History Record – https://www.justice.govt.nz/.   This document lists only convictions and sentencing from court appearances and does not include Youth Court charges. This document must not be more than six months old when you submit your registration application documents to the Board.

  • The Board requires every applicant for registration who has resided overseas for a period of 6 months or more while aged 17 or over, to obtain a Record of Criminal Convictions [e.g., Criminal History Check (Australia) Police Clearance Certificate (South Africa), FBI Criminal Conviction Information/Fingerprint Information (USA), NIS Criminal Record Information Certificate (UK)] or equivalent documentation to inform the Board about any convictions you may have had overseas.

    This record must be dated within six months when received by the Board and must include your full name (including middle name(s)) and any previous names, or names that you are known as. The Board may accept a report that is older than 6 months on receipt, if you can satisfactorily demonstrate you have not lived in the country or countries since the issue of the report/s.

    We accept the same documents as Immigration New Zealand, please see their website for details on how to request the correct certificate: How to get a police certificate.

    If a conviction is disclosed on your criminal history record that would have been covered by the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004 (had it occurred in New Zealand), then the Board will treat this type of conviction as though it was in fact covered by the Clean Slate Act, and disregard this conviction when considering your application.

    Criminal conviction records from the U.S.A. – In addition to your FBI Identity History Summary Check, you will need to provide a criminal history record issued by the state police department in the state where you currently reside and all other states you have previously resided in for 6 months or more, while you were aged 17 or over.

  • The Board requires a certified copy of your degree certificate or a certified copy of your complete academic transcript or academic record confirming your successful completion of your Chiropractic degree.

  • If you have been registered as a Chiropractor in any overseas jurisdiction, you will need to arrange for a Certificate of Good Standing to be sent directly to the Board from each jurisdiction have registered in.

  • To be eligible for registration, practitioners who are educated overseas (and not registered in Australia) must successfully complete an assessment process.  The Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA) administers the assessment process for the Chiropractic Board.  Please visit the CCEA's website www.ccea.com.au for more information on the process, dates, costs and queries.

    You must provide a certified copy of your letter from CCEA confirming completion of your assessment.

  • The Board requires two professional references, from registered chiropractors, these references must be signed, dated and include their contact details.  References from family members will not be accepted.

Your obligations as a registered Chiropractor practising in New Zealand:

  • The Board has identified that chiropractors who have completed their primary training in a jurisdiction other than New Zealand do not receive education in aspects of healthcare unique to New Zealand.  The Board has therefore set a recertification programme under section 41(3)(f) of the Act, requiring all chiropractors whose primary qualification was not obtained in New Zealand, and who register or re-register as a chiropractor after the date of the programme’s introduction, to complete education on practicing in the New Zealand context.

  • Understanding Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi is integral to Chiropractic practice in New Zealand. Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi is a founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand and informs legislation, policy and practice. Government health policy aims to reduce health inequalities between Māori and non-Māori. Alongside this, the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (NZ) requires health regulatory authorities, such as the Chiropractic Board, to ensure registered health professionals meet set competencies (including cultural competencies).

  • You are required to answer questions related to your fitness for registration, and you may need to provide further information, depending on your answers to the questions.  Under section 16 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act) the Board must seek information to ensure an applicant is fit to be registered as a Chiropractor.