Overseas professional registration
If you intend to work overseas in a professional capacity, you may need to register with the relevant professional registration provider in the country/state/province in which you wish to work.
You should do as much research as possible to find out whether professional registration will be required. Not all professions or countries require professional registration. It is most common in health science professions. UniSA is not able to advise on overseas professional registration requirements and the onus is on you as a graduate to determine what is needed.
Once you know what you need to do, UniSA can assist with completing and verifying applications from overseas registration providers. This can be a complex process and usually takes six weeks to complete. Additional time for the registration provider to receive and process the application should also be factored into your planning.
Find out about the process of applying for overseas professional registration below, or see the overseas registration FAQs below.
To begin the process, you must contact the overseas registration provider with whom you would like to register and obtain their Overseas Professional Registration application.
When lodging your form, please ensure all of the following are included:
- UniSA Verification for Professional Registrations form
- Overseas Professional Registration application form or list of requirements
- Payment of $125 administration fee (credit card, cheque, money order or cash)
Upon receiving your completed form, UniSA will collate the relevant information and documents as described in the list or application form that you provide.
Some registration providers require UniSA to submit your registration application. If this is the case you may need to provide extensive information and documentation to UniSA before we can start to process your form. In this instance your completed application will be sent directly to the overseas Registration Provider via registered post, and a copy will be posted to you for your records.
Other registration providers may require the graduate to submit the application. Where the registration provider indicates that the application must be sent by the graduate, UniSA will provide you with the documents requested alongside a copy for your records.
Please note: UniSA cannot guarantee that your application for overseas registration will be accepted by the overseas professional registration provider. We recommend you do your research before lodging a form with Campus Central to make sure you meet the overseas professional registration provider's eligibility requirements.
Please ensure all relevant documents and information are attached to your application when you submit it to Campus Central. Omission of information will delay the processing of your application as it will be sent back to you in that instance.
- What is an overseas professional registration?
- Who needs to get an overseas professional registration?
- What do I need to do to get an overseas professional registration?
- Why does it cost $125?
- Why does it take 6 weeks?
- Can I get a copy of the application and documents you send to my nominated overseas professional registration provider?
- What happens if I already have one overseas professional registration, but would like to apply for professional registration in another country/state/province?
- Who should I contact if I haven't heard anything after 6 weeks?
- What happens if I just need a copy of my program/course syllabus?
Many professions require you to register with a professional registration provider before you are legally allowed to work. This helps maintain standards and ensure all people working in the industry are adequately qualified.
As industry standards and requirements vary from country to country (and states/provinces in some instances, for example the United States of America), each country (or state/province) has their own professional registration provider. This means that if you want to work overseas, you may need to register with the relevant professional registration provider in the country/state/province you want to work in. This is referred to as overseas professional registration.
Please note that because standards and requirements vary, you will not be able to become registered through the professional registration provider unless you meet their eligibility criteria.
Obtaining an overseas professional registration is a time-consuming and sometimes costly process. You should only apply for one if you are certain you want to work in a specific profession in a particular country/state/province.
Not all professions and countries require registration before you are legally allowed to work. You will need to research the specific profession and country/state/province you are interested in to find out if registration is required.
Find out what you need to do to get an overseas professional registration by reading Applying for overseas professional registration.
Collating all the required information for your overseas professional registration application can be a time-consuming and complex process. The $125 administration fee covers:
- Time required for research and collation of the necessary information (including obtaining written statements from academic staff, accessing archived records etc. as required)
- Copying and storing of documentation
- Registered postage of the application and supporting documents to the overseas professional registration provider and the graduate
Please note: The non-negotiable $125 fee applies to all applications and is not dependent on the amount of documentation required.
Collating all the required information for your overseas professional registration can be a time-consuming and complex process. It usually requires input from multiple areas of the University, preparation of official documents, and sometimes retrieval of archived information. Because of this, most Overseas Professional Registration applications take six weeks to complete.
Can I get a copy of the application and documents you send to my nominated overseas professional registration provider?
Yes, a copy of these will be sent to you when the original documents are sent to the person/organisation nominated in the overseas professional registration provider application form. Where the registration provider's form indicates the documents must be sent to the graduate, you will receive the original documents for forwarding on to the registration provider and a copy for your records.
What happens if I already have one overseas professional registration, but would like to apply for professional registration in another country/state/province?
You will need to complete a new Verification for Professional Registration form, including payment of the $125 administration fee.
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