The Board Examinations must be sat by Overseas Trained Dietitians who have had their dietetic qualifications recognised. New Zealand Registered Dietitians who have not worked as a dietitian for more than 2 years and wish to return to dietetic practice may also be required to sit.

The Board Examination consists of two stages:

STAGE 1 – Written Examination (Multi Choice Questions – MCQ) 

The MCQ is held twice a year (usually in March and September). 

The next MCQ exam is on Thursday 5 March 2020. To be eligible to sit the March exam your application for Recognition of Qualifications must have been submitted by 15 November 2019, applications for the exam close on 20 December 2019.  

The next available MCQ exam after that will be in September 2020, applications for this exam will close in June 2020. To be eligible to sit the exam your application for Recognition of Qualifications must be submitted by 1 May 2020. Contact the Board for further information.

Please ensure your documentation is complete when you send it in and your referees meet the appropriate deadline to ensure your assessment can be completed to enable you to apply for the MCQ in time, if your qualifications are successfully recognised by the Board.

Late applications cannot be accepted.

You apply for the MCQ through the DAA – email Payment for the exam is made directly to the DAA, as at 1 January 2019 the fee is AUS$1,350.

A verification process is in place between the DAA and the Board.

A cancellation fee will be applied if candidates withdraw from an exam.

The MCQ examination can be sat outside New Zealand.

The examination centre within New Zealand for the MCQ is based in Wellington.

You must pass the written examination to be eligible to sit the oral examination – you have 3 attempts only to pass the MCQ.

STAGE 2- Oral Examination (Objective Simulated Consultation Exam – OSCE)

The OSCE is held twice a year (usually in May and November).

The next OSCE will be held on Saturday 2 May 2020.

This examination must be sat in New Zealand – the examination centre is Auckland.

The oral examination consists of a simulated consultation with an actor, a reflective interview and a final component which consists of 2 short answer written scenarios related to the consultation with a focus on public health interventions and food service systems.

Application and payment is made directly to the Dietitians Board – the current fee is NZD$1000.

Like the MCQ exam, you have 3 attempts only to pass the OSCE. 

Both the written and oral examinations must be passed within the same three year period.

If you are resitting an examination your assessment for eligibility to sit the examination must be current (including the IELTS/OET results).

Your original assessment for eligibility is current for three years. 

If your original assessment for eligibility is out of date you will be required to reapply for an assessment for eligibility to sit the examination and pay the appropriate fee.

If you have any queries please contact the Registration Officer at