Information Requirements for Full  Membership

Applicants for Full membership must hold the Postgraduate Diploma of Clinical Psychology or a Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree from a New Zealand University, or overseas equivalent. 

Overseas equivalence is determined on a case-by-case basis by the NZCCP Board of Membership and Professional Standards (BOMPS). For example, there is the requirement for equivalence in course material generally and also the requirement for the programme to include a substantial component of supervised clinical practice prior to the final examination (i.e. at least 1500 hours). A research component is also expected.  Receiving the Clinical Vocational Scope of Practice from the NZ Psychologists Registration Board is necessary but not sufficient for admission for membership with the NZCCP. In these cases sufficient course documentation must be provided to the BOMPS to enable it to establish equivalence with the training of New Zealand clinical psychology programmes. This includes but is not limited to provision of a copy of the academic transcript showing the courses taken. Please download and complete the NZCCP Qualifications Overseas form here and submit this with your application. 

In general, for qualifications that are clearly equivalent to New Zealand qualifications (such as UK qualifications leading to chartered status with the British Psychological Society, or American Psychological Association recognised courses in the USA) there is usually little difficulty establishing equivalence. 

Apply for Full membership with NZCCP by first creating an account at https://www.nzccp.co.nz/your-account/create

You will then receive an email to confirm your account and to invite you to apply for  membership with NZCCP  here: https://www.nzccp.co.nz/your-account/manage-your-membership/apply

When applying for Full Membership evidence must also be provided of:

  • NZ Registration as a psychologist, Clinical Vocational Scope of Practice
  • a current Annual Practising Certificate,
  • current employment details,
  • previous employment details (C.V.),
  • two references for membership by NZ Registered psychologists who have known the applicant for more than six months
  • a signed declaration of the absence of professional complaints (included in the application form)
  • supervision contract
  • supervision report 

Some flexibility regarding the requirement for references from NZ Registered psychologists is offered on a case-by-case basis for clinical psychologists who have recently arrived in the New Zealand. 

When upgrading from Associate to Full Membership evidence must also be provided of:

Supervision Requirements for Full Membership application:  

All Full Members must have NZCCP-approved supervision covering at least 12 months of clinical practise, and involving at least 20 contact sessions. The Board of Membership and Professional Standards (BOMPS) of the NZCCP must have approved the supervision arrangements before supervision begins. Supervision shall be based on a formal supervision contract between the Supervisee, the Supervisor, and the College.

The Supervisor will furnish a brief report on the applicant to the NZCCP written on the appropriate form, which will be taken into account when considering an application for Full membership. 

NZCCP–approved supervisors: The NZCCP BOMPS must approve supervisors as having the experience, skills and expertise to undertake supervision. Minimum requirements to be a supervisor of Associate Members for the College are:

  1. They are a New Zealand registered Clinical Psychologist
  2. They belong to a professional body (not necessarily the NZCCP)
  3. They are in clinical supervision themselves
  4. They have had training in clinical supervision 

The form of Supervision: The following are minimum requirements for supervision:

  1. The supervision shall cover at least twenty one-hour sessions over a minimum period of one year.
  2. The supervision must be undertaken on an individual basis.
  3. The Supervisor and Applicant shall define the working format for supervision sessions at the outset of supervision, taking into account the needs and priorities of the Associate, and the skills and resources of the Supervisor. A copy of the written agreement must be forwarded to the Executive Director of the NZCCP.
  4. It is primarily the responsibility of the Applicant to obtain the necessary supervision to meet the requirements of the College for membership. The College will assist the Associate wherever possible, if difficulties arise in finding a suitable supervisor, or if difficulties were to occur between the supervisor and supervisee.