NZCPHM Training


Recruitment to the Training Programme is undertaken annually. Applications open in May and close in June each year for admission to the programme commencing on 1 March of the following year.


To be eligible for the NZCPHM training programme, an applicant must:

  • be a medical practitioner holding general registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand; and
  • be in good standing with the Medical Council of New Zealand; and
  • have New Zealand permanent residency or citizenship; and
  • have a minimum of two years post graduate experience; and
  • be eligible to hold a Medical Council of New Zealand annual practicing certificate at the time the programme commences.

If you have any questions about your eligibility for the training programme, please contact us.

Application process

Applicants wishing to be considered for the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine Training Programme must complete the application form, and upload all required supporting documents, before the application closing date.

The documents required are: 

  1. Application form: this must be completed and the declaration ticked. The form is available here.
  2. Reflective piece: a 300 to 500 word reflective piece of writing on why public health medicine is your chosen career.
  3. Curriculum vitae: a recently updated curriculum vitae including the names of two referees. Your CV should draw attention to particular skills and experiences of potential relevance to public health medicine.
  4. Recent photograph: please submit a recent (head and shoulders) photograph of yourself with your application.
  5. Certificates and transcripts: scanned certified copies of relevant certificates and transcripts (including medical school qualification, current practicing certificate, any previous public health qualifications claimed and academic transcripts).
  6. Identification: please include a certified copy of the pages from your passport recording your personal details, your birth certificate or other proof that you are a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand.
  7. Career Plan: a career plan is a requirement for Health Workforce. To support your application please provide a copy of your current plan for your future in medicine. If you do not already have a career plan you can access the College's career plan template here.

Two referee reports must also be submitted via email, directly to Referees should be doctors with whom you have worked and who are agreeable to act as your referee; at least one should be from a public health background, if possible. You will be sent a referee report form to forward to your referees on receipt of your application: it will be your responsibility to send these forms to your referees for return to the College within the required timeframe.

It is important that ALL of this information is submitted electronically to the College office by the due date or the application will not be considered further. 

If you have any questions please contact

An application fee applies (see Training Fees).


The selection process takes place in July and August for positions commencing on 1 March of the following year. Training places are subject to the continued availability of funding from Health Workforce New Zealand.

The selection process consists of:

  • assessment of the information provided by the candidates to determine applicants for short-listing; and
  • interview of short-listed applicants.

Candidates are advised to look closely at the selection criteria.  These will be used for both shortlisting and in the interview process.

Certificate of Professional Status: successful applicants will be offered a position on the Training Programme subject to receipt of a satisfactory Certificate of Professional Status from the Medical Council of New Zealand and any other regulatory body that they have been registered with within the last five years.

Privacy Statement

Information provided in the application process is used only by the College for the purposes of selecting registrars. The application information relating to unsuccessful candidates is securely destroyed after the selection process. Application information relating to successful candidates is retained until the registrar is granted Fellowship of the College.

For further information, please see the NZCPHM Privacy Policy available here.


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This document defines the criteria and process for selection to the NZCPHM Training Programme
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