Two 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 Question Written Examination – MCQ

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

The next MCQ exam will be held Wednesday 7 September 2022. Applications for the September 2022 MCQ close 25 July 2022.  To be eligible to sit the MCQ exam your application for assessment of qualifications must be submitted by 17 June 2022 at the latest. For those eligible to apply, applications for the September 2022 MCQ are now open. 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 Dietitians Australia (DA) – email dsr@dietitiansaustralia.org.au. Payment for the exam is made directly to the DA, for 1 April 2022 – 31 March 2022 the fee is AUD$1,430.

A results verification process occurs between DA and the NZ Dietitians Board.

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

The online MCQ examination can be sat outside New Zealand.

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

Note: Dietitians Australia was formally known as Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).


STAGE 2 – Oral Examination

Oral Examination – Online

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

The next Oral examination will be scheduled during May 2022. Applications for the May oral examination close on 22 April 2022. Oral examinations are conducted via Zoom. Please be aware you may be need to be available over two days due to scheduling. The October oral examination are likely be held over 26 & 27 October 2022, applications for the October exam close on 7 October 2022.

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$1500.

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

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 administration@dietitiansboard.org.nz.