Clinical Physiologists Registration Board

Overseas Qualifications List

The following is a list of international qualifications or certification examinations that the CPRB has assessed, to date. Not all are equivalent in nature and content to New Zealand qualifications and training programs - those in bold are generally accepted as equivalent to NZ qualifications, but may not, on their own, be sufficient for unconditional registration.  Applicants holding these qualifications may be awarded Registration with or without Conditions. Applicants with qualifications not on this list are considered on an individual basis, and are more likely to be awarded Registration with Conditions, e.g. passing a Practical Competency Assessment within 3 months of employment in New Zealand.

Certification: CPRB does not recognise any qualification unless the applicant submits a certified copy - this means a copy is made of the original document, and presented to a Justice of the Peace, Solicitor, Public Notary or similar with the original document. The certifier stamps the copy with their official stamp, and signs the copy, attesting that it is a true and unadulterated copy of the original document. 

BSC Sport and Exercise Science (3 yrs)
Bachelor of Biomedical Science (3 yrs)
Bachelor of Medical Science (with relevant specializations)
Graduate Diploma in Exercise Physiology (2 yrs)
Graduate Diploma in Cardiac Ultrasound
Diploma of Medical Ultrasonography
Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Electrophysiology (CEPIA)
Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists examination (RPSGT)

Certificate IV Cardiac Technology

ASAR Accreditation (cardiac ultrasound)

United Kingdom and Ireland
BSC Clinical Measurement (4 yrs)
BSC Clinical Physiology
BSC (hons) Healthcare Science - Cardiac Physiology
BSC (hons) Healthcare Science - Respiratory and Sleep Science
MSC Clinical Assessment for the Healthcare Scientist
MSCST from Society for Cardiological Science and Technology
British Society of Echocardiography Accreditation

United States of America
Cardiovascular Technology Program and Echo Program - City College of San Francisco
Associate Degree of Applied Science - Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Technology (2 yrs)
Associate Degree of Applied Science - Diagnostic Medical Sonography (2 yrs)
Bachelors Degree in Cardiovascular Technology (Invasive,Non-invasive, or Echo) (4 yrs)
IBHRE Certification  for Competency in Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy
IBHRE Certification  for Competency in Cardiac Electrophysiology
Certification Examination for Entry-Level Pulmonary Function Technologists (CPFT) - National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)  USA

Registry Examination for Advanced Pulmonary Function Technologists (RPFT) - National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) USA

ASE certification (cardiac ultrasound)

South Africa

National Diploma in Clinical Technology (Cardiology)
B Tech (Cardiology) (Baccalaureus Technologiae)

Bachelor Tech Clinical Technology (Renal)

Exercise Physiology

International qualifications for Clinical Exercise Physiologists are based on home country professional certification or registration, not educational qualifications.

Holders of certification/accreditation/registration with the following bodies are deemed to be eligible to apply for registration with CEPNZ:

Exercise & Sports Science Australia – Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP)

American College of Sports Medicine – Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP)

American College of Sports Medicine – Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist (CCES)

British Association for Sport and Exercise Science – Certified Exercise Practitioner (CEP), Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist

Biokinetic Association, South Africa – Certified Biokineticist (BK), Health Professions Council of South Africa. 

Cardiovascular Credentialing International

CCI Credentialing is not considered equivalent of NZ certification examinations

Respiratory Therapist Qualifications

Respiratory Therapist training and qualifications are not considered equivalent to the training and role description for Respiratory Physiologist in New Zealand. Respiratory Therapists can not automatically register as physiologists.

A respiratory therapist may however gain employment in a training respiratory physiologist role in New Zealand. If they are:

1) under the supervision of an suitable registered clinical supervisor (e.g. a registered senior respiratory physiologist with > 5 years post certification experience, a registered respiratory physician),

2) supported to enrol in the ANZSRS certification examination (CRFS)

3) accepted for membership of ANZSRS

then they are eligible to apply for registration. Registration is likely to be granted with supervisory conditions, until CRFS and competency assessments are passed. 

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