The Midwifery Council of New Zealand has formally approved the Occupational English Test (OET) to be recognised for midwives needing to meet the English language proficiency requirements of the Council. To be successful, midwife candidates must achieve either an A or B in all sections. If candidates are not successful, they may re-sit sub-tests but they must be successful in the sub-test no later than twelve months after their initial test.
The main responsibility of the Midwifery Council of New Zealand is to protect the health and safety of women and babies during pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal period by ensuring that midwives are competent and fit to practice midwifery.
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has listed the Occupational English Test (OET) on the NZQA website of providers with NZQA-approved English Proficiency Assessments.
NZQA’s role in the education sector is to ensure that New Zealand qualifications are regarded as credible and robust, nationally and internationally, in order to help learners succeed in their chosen endeavours and to contribute to New Zealand society.
NZQA is responsible for:
- managing the New Zealand Qualifications Framework
- administering the secondary school assessment system
- independent quality assurance of non-university education providers
- qualifications recognition and standard-setting for some specified unit standards.
The Podiatrists Board of New Zealand has accepted the Occupational English Test (OET) as an approved English test for podiatrists applying for registration with the Board. The Board will accept ‘A’ or ‘B’ grades in each of OET’s four sub-tests – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing – and will acknowledge the test having being taken within the two years prior to application.
The Board operates under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 and is the regulatory body for the occupation of podiatry (and chiropody) in New Zealand. Its primary role is to protect the public interest by helping to ensure that podiatrists are safe and competent to practice. Anyone who wishes to practice in New Zealand as a podiatrist must be registered with the Board and hold a current Practising Certificate.
The Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) has announced its decision to accept the Occupational English Test (OET) as an approved English test. The Council carries responsibilities in the areas of standards, conduct and competence. All doctors wanting to practise medicine in New Zealand must first register with the MCNZ. The Council will accept an A or B in each of the four sub-tests – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Candidates who have achieved the required grade in OET in the last two years can apply to the MCNZ for registration.