It is possible to take a break from urgent care clinical practice and pause recertification activities. Please review the alternatives (alternative clinical recertification pathway or special consideration recertification pathway) before deciding to pause recertification.   In all cases, Fellows should inform us as soon as they know that they intend to pause recertification.

Send an email to the office (, indicating your intentions. Include the date you intend to pause and restart.  You should also inform MCNZ that you are pausing your urgent care recertification activities.

It is important that you inform us before your chosen date for pausing recertification, as we are unable to backdate this.

When you wish to return to the recertification programme, email the office asking to return.  On behalf of the Professional Standards Committee, the Director of Professional Development (DPD) will review your compliance with the recertification programme at the date you put your recertification on hold. The DPD will inform you of any activities to be completed either before returning or shortly after recommencing vocational recertification.

If the DPD considers that your prior progress would meet the criteria for poor performance in the Fellows’ performance policy, or your absence is for more than three years, you may be required to submit a recent certificate of professional status (COPS). The Board of Censors considers your request to recommence membership and return to the programme, and may stipulate additional return-to-training activities. The member bears the cost of activities stipulated by RNZCUC.

If you do not provide a date for restarting, we will assume that your absence is for more than six months.

If your absence from the programme is for six months or less:

  • We will note that your recertification activities are ‘on hold’.
  • We will inform MCNZ of this pause, and for how long.
  • You remain a member of the College.
  • We will continue to provide you with services (website access, urgent care course access, lightbox, ECGWeekly, and UCCIS).
  • Your recertification targets are NOT adjusted.

If your absence from the programme is for more than six months:

  • You cease your membership of the College.
  • We will inform MCNZ that you have ceased membership.
  • You cease to use the post-nominal letters FRNZCUC (or MRZNCUC in the case of senior registrars).
  • We arrange a pro-rata refund of membership fees*.
  • We pause all services.
  • On your return, we set new recertification targets taking your absence into consideration.

*The pro-rated refund (if applicable) is calculated from the latest of either the date of when we are informed or the start of the pause, through to the end of the membership year. If you pause for six months or less, then inform us that you wish to extend this pause beyond six months, we use the date that you informed us of the new circumstances.