Become a Physio

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Overview

Physiotherapists are professionally qualified with either a Diploma in Physiotherapy (pre-1991), a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, or a qualification from overseas approved by the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand.

All physios practising in New Zealand are registered by the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand and hold an Annual Practising Certificate (APC).

Studying physiotherapy

To become a physio you will need to study a health science-based four-year degree from one of the three New Zealand schools offering physiotherapy.

Career progression

Many physios continue with postgraduate studies. You might also choose to focus on one of the many different fields of physiotherapy. Other options include moving into teaching, research roles, management positions or setting up your own physiotherapy private practice business.

How much could I earn as physio?

The careers.govt.nz website provides the following information (Source: Auckland Region District Health Boards/PSA Meca, 2017).

  • Physiotherapists with up to six years experience usually earn $47K-$68K per year.
  • Physiotherapists with more than six years experience usually earn $68K-$99K per year.
  • Registration

    In order to work as a physio in New Zealand it is a legal requirement that you must first be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand and hold an Annual Practising Certificate (APC).

    Visit the Board's website to find out all about registration. Allow several months for the registration process, from the time you have provided all the required documentation to the Physiotherapy Board.

    Working in NZ

    Obtain information regarding immigration and work permits from Immigration NZ or from immigration officials at the closest New Zealand High Commission or Embassy. The Physiotherapy Board has information on how to register as an overseas qualified physio.

    Industry Support

    Physiotherapy New Zealand (PNZ) is the national membership organisation for physiotherapists and physiotherapy students, providing over 4,000 members with advocacy, education, information and services. The aim of Physiotherapy New Zealand is to improve the health of all New Zealanders including whanau, hapu and iwi. If you're interested in physiotherapy as a career, see how PNZ might support you.