There are three required papers:

  • A paediatrics paper – e.g. University of Auckland Paediatrics (714) or RNZCUC-approved equivalent. Note that the Otago University CHHE701 is not an approved equivalent.
  • A clinical epidemiology / biostatistics paper – e.g. University of Auckland Evidence for Best Practice (709) or RNZCUC-approved equivalent.  Pre-graduate and 1st-year medical epidemiology papers are not an approved equivalent.
  • An ‘optional paper’, an RNZCUC-approved paper of the registrar’s choice (see ‘Optional paper’ below).

Credits for Prior Learning and Experience (CPLE).

University diplomas and diploma papers from a country on the MCNZ’s list of countries with a healthcare system comparable to New Zealand’s, may be accepted at RNZCUC’s discretion. Medical college-based courses, such as ACEM’s Emergency Medicine Diploma, may also be accepted, provided they are comparable to a university course in depth and rigour of assessment. Please contact RNZCUC to check if an alternative paper or course is acceptable.

Fellows of other approved medical colleges may be granted an exemption for the ‘optional paper’, subject to Board of Censors approval.


Completion and refunds of fees for HWNZ-funded registrars

Registrars apply, and pay for, the university papers themselves.  Once they have successfully completed the paper, they complete this document requesting reimbursement and send to the College along with relevant documentation (pass certificate,  original GST invoice/receipt from the university paper).  On receipt of all necessary documentation, the College will refund the university paper fee (up to the HWNZ amounts allowed).


Optional paper
RNZCUC intends this to give registrars an opportunity to study an area of interest in more depth. Topics should be relevant to urgent care, and not covered elsewhere in the training programme
(see list below). RNZCUC may accept other ‘equivalent papers’, as defined above, proposed or prior, that meet the above intent. Examples of accepted optional papers include:

  • Distance learning options
    • University of Auckland
      • POPLHLTH 701 Research Methods in Health – suitable for those interested in research, particularly with a view to a later Postgraduate Diploma, Master’s and Doctorate.
    • University of Otago
      • GENA 717 Generalist Medical Echocardiography
      • GENA 718 Generalist Medical Ultrasound
      • SPME 707  Regional Sports Injury 1
      • SPME 708  Regional Sports Injury 2
  • Taught on-site
    • University of Auckland
      • POPLPRAC 702 Primary Mental Health – Community psychiatry; includes communication.
      • HLTHMGT 721 Health Management – Unit-level management. Suitable for those interested in facility management.
      • POPLHLTH 722 Organisation of Health Systems – Macro level health systems.