To be eligible for training funding, health professionals wishing to enter vocational training programmes funded by the Ministry of Health’s (The Ministry) Health Workforce Directorate (the Directorate)  must be New Zealand citizens or hold a permanent resident visa.

The Directorate will consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Prerequisites include:

  1. The prospective trainee works, or will be working, in an area of need as defined by the Ministry. This may change in time as the work on defining areas of need is fine-tuned and agreed.
  2. It is a training programme for which there are insufficient New Zealand citizen/permanent resident candidates.
  3. The prospective trainee intends to obtain a permanent resident visa when eligible and provides evidence of their commitment to remain in New Zealand long-term.

Applications are made in writing by a Ministry funded provider, by completing an application form.

How to apply for exceptions (docx, 435 KB)


The Directorate will make a decision after review of the application on a case-by-case basis and will contact the training provider if further information is required.


Mailing address:
Health Workforce Directorate
PO Box 5013
Wellington 6140