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By passing NZREX Clinical, the Medical Council of New Zealand recognizes that a candidate is competent to have provisional registration in New Zealand. All doctors wanting to practice medicine in New Zealand must first gain registration from Medical Council of New Zealand. A pass in NZREX Clinical is valid for 5 years from the date of the examination.

International Medical Graduates are eligible to apply to sit the NZREX Clinical examination if he/she:

  • holds a primary medical qualification listed in the AVICENNA Directory for medicine and meets Medical Council of New Zealand’s English language requirements (Minimum IELTS Band 7 with no band less than 7.0)
  • had passed within the last 5 years the:
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Steps 1 and 2 (Clinical Knowledge), or
  • Australian Medical Council MCQ examination, or
  • Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test Part 1
  • does not hold New Zealand registration within a special purpose (post-graduate training) scope of practice.

There is no limit to the number of times one can sit this examination, however, the candidate must meet NZREX’s eligibility requirements each time he/she applies.

While it is not a requirement, Medical Council of New Zealand recommends candidates complete a minimum of 12-months postgraduate experience as a medical practitioner in their own country before applying to sit NZREX Clinical. With this experience the candidate will be better prepared to sit the examination.

The NZREX Clinical examination is held in Auckland, New Zealand.