Annual Practising Certificate (APC)

All Dietitians who wish to practise dietetics in NZ must be registered with the Dietitians Board and hold a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC)

The Dietitians Board promotes and protects the public interest by providing for mechanisms to ensure that dietitians are qualified, competent and fit to practise their profession. To achieve this, the Dietitians Board provides frameworks for the regulation of the dietetic profession The APC is one such mechanism under the HPCA Act 2003.

An APC must be held each year you are practising.

For clarity – if you are a Registered Dietitian you should hold an APC if any of the following apply:

  • You are using your knowledge and skills as a Dietitian
  • Your job description requires you to be a Registered Dietitian
  • The position you are employed in requires that you are a health professional
  • You are calling yourself a Dietitian (or representing in any manner that you are authorised to practise dietetics)
  • You use your dietetic knowledge in your employment

The requirement to hold an annual practising certificate is not restricted to provision of direct clinical care. It applies to any role that involves the safe, effective, delivery of dietetic services impacting on the public and, as such, includes part-time and voluntary work.

Follow this LINK to read more about when you are required to hold an APC.


First APC

Once you have been granted Registration by the Board you can apply for your first APC through the dietitians portal.

Annual APC Renewals

The practising year runs from 1 April to 31 March. During March each year practitioners are required to renew their APC for the following year – professional development requirements must be met.  

Non- Practising Declaration

If you will not be practising and wish to remain on the Register you must make a Non-Practising declaration at the start of each practising year and pay the Registration Maintenance fee. Should you wish to return to practise at any stage during the year you will need to apply for an APC a couple of weeks before you return to work. Your CPD credits can be pro rata for the time you hold an APC.

Changing from Non-Practising to Practising OR Returning to Practice after more than 2 years

You can make your practising declaration on line. Your CPD credits can be pro rata for the time you hold an APC.


APC 2020/2021 fee – $625.00

Registration Maintenance fee – $90

Payment for either may be made using the following credit cards: MasterCard and VISA.

Please do not send cash or cheques.

Bulk payments for APC’s are unable to be made. 

Practitioners are reminded it is their responsibility to renew their APC not their employer’s and not to leave it until the very last minute. 


If you are returning to work after being on maternity leave or overseas and don’t need an APC until after 1 December a discounted fee applies. Between 1 April and 1 December you will need to make a Non-Practising Declaration ($90) for the period you are not practising.

Part Year – 1 December to 31 March APC fee is $300 (includes GST)

If you will not be renewing your APC for 2020/2021 you MUST complete a Non-Practising declaration through the Dietitians Login Portal.

You can download your APC from your Dashboard 36 hours following payment and verification. The APC is a legal document – please keep it in a safe place.