NZ Music Therapy Registration Board

The New Zealand Music Therapy Registration Board was established in 2000. It assesses Music Therapist’s eligibility for registration (either Full or Provisional) within New Zealand and issues Annual Practising Certificates to those who meet the criteria agreed upon between the Registration Board and MThNZ.


The objectives of  Registration are to:

  • Ensure that people who practise Music Therapy have the necessary qualifications
  • Ensure that Registered Music Therapists are able to create and maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment for a client, adhere to the NZ Music Therapy Registration Board Code of Ethics and MThNZ Standards of Practice, and use the term “New Zealand Registered Music Therapist” (NZ RMTh)
  • Provide a benchmark for quality assurance as occurs with other professions
  • Provide employers, contracting agencies, and individuals with assurance that the qualification and professionalism of Registered Music Therapists meet appropriate standards
  • Ensure that Registered Music Therapists maintain their professional development and skills.


The benefits of Registration for a qualified Music Therapist include:

  • The ability to demonstrate to employers and potential employers that Music Therapy is a profession bound by a rigorous Code of Ethics with the appropriate body to uphold the Code
  • An annual practising certificate which demonstrates to employers that NZ RMThs have up-to-date music therapy knowledge and the skills to practice safely as well as adhering to the Standards of Practise
  • A provisional registration with a pathway to full registration where appropriate
  • Enabling a Music Therapist to apply for a job where the employer requires New Zealand Registration.
  • Provide a process for grievances and complaints to be objectively evaluated and appropriate actions taken.

Benefits of Registration for the Employer, Client and/or Agency

  • Provides assurance that the Registered Music Therapist has the necessary qualifications
  • Provides assurance that the Registered Music Therapist maintains sufficient ongoing professional development
  • Provides assurance that the Registered Music Therapist adheres to the New Zealand Music Therapy Registrations Board’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice


The Registration Board maintains a register of all Registered Music Therapists in New Zealand who hold a current annual practising certificate, who have met the Standards of Practice for Registered Music Therapists in New Zealand and who adhere to the Code of Ethics for the Practice of Music Therapy in New Zealand. 

Register of New Zealand Registered Music Therapists who hold a current annual practising certificate, click here.

Find a NZRMTh Clinical Supervisor

NZ Music Therapy Supervisor Database

The NZ Music Therapy Supervisor Database is published by the Registration Board, to assist Music Therapists in finding a supervisor.


Applications for registrations and annual practising certificate renewals are to be submitted by 1 March 2021. Please contact the Registrar if you wish to submit an application outside of this time frame. There will be a second round of applications in August.

This is only for applicants from overseas whose application for registration falls outside of the March application intake, those who have circumstances that have required them to have leave from their practice (for example – on maternity leave) and for provisional registration for students from the Master of Music Therapy course. A different fee structure will apply.  


Total for New Registration & Annual Practising Certificate                 $345.00 incl GST 

Renewal of Annual Practising Certificate only                                        $172.50 incl GST 

No late applications will be accepted

New Zealand Music Therapy Registration Board: Appeals and Complaints Process