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. Applicants must demonstrate that they have been in clinical supervision with an approved supervisor  for at least 12 months of clinical practice, and involving at least 20 contact sessions in the last 3 years.    

Please apply for NZCCP Full membership here 

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

  • A copy of your Degrees or Diplomas, or other proof of qualifications. (Please see below for information for overseas applicants).
  • NZ Registration as a psychologist, Clinical Vocational Scope of Practice - a current Annual Practising Certificate,
  • current and previous relevant 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 (see below)
  • 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 NZCCP Associate to Full Membership please provide the following:

Supervision Requirements for Full Membership application:  

Full member applicants can choose their preferred form of supervision, and provide their own supervision contract as evidence of this with their application, or alternatively use one of the following supervision contract examples:

Professional Indemnity: Members of the College can purchase membership of the Medical Protection Society (MPS), which provides access to legal advice and representation in the event of a hearing. Even working for organisations such as District Health Boards or the Department of Corrections does not mean they will protect you in the event of malpractice complaints. You have enduring coverage for events that happened in the entire time you paid MPS fees so in the case of a retroactive complaint many years after your retirement, for instance, you will be entitled to representation. More information about MPS professional indemnity

To apply for membership with MPS please complete and email the Medical Protection Society (MPS) membership application form  to NZCCP at for processing.

For Overseas Applicants: 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.