Become a Physio

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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

Currently there are three institutions in New Zealand offering accredited four year undergraduate physiotherapy programmes:

Auckland University offers a two year graduate-entry masters programme

Master of Physiotherapy Practice - The University of Auckland

Graduates from any of these four programmes need to apply to the Physiotherapy Board for registration and an Annual Practicing Certificate (APC), in order to practice physiotherapy in New Zealand.

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.


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 4,500 members with advocacy, education, information and services. If you're interested in physiotherapy as a career see how PNZ might support you.