Assessment process

Summary

The CCEA Assessment Process consists of the following two stages:

  • Stage 1 – Desktop Audit: a paper-based application to be completed by all candidates wishing to migrate to Australia and/or register in Australia or New Zealand.
  • Stage 2 – Competency Based Assessment: composed of written and practical assessments undertaken in Australia or New Zealand by overseas-qualified candidates wishing to register in Australia or New Zealand.

A flowchart of the process can be downloaded here. Full details can be found in the CCEA Candidate Guide. 


Stage 1 Desktop Audit

The Stage 1 – Desktop Audit is used to assess a candidate’s qualifications and skills and determine their eligibility to undertake the Stage 2 – Competency Based Assessment for the purpose of applying for migration to Australia and/or registration in Australia or New Zealand as a chiropractor.

Candidates must ensure they complete the relevant Stage 1 – Desktop Audit application form. There are three alternative forms available; choose the one that is appropriate for your country of citizenship and the accreditation status of the chiropractic program you have completed.

  • Form A. Application for Skills Assessment for Migration to Australia as a Chiropractor. For Chiropractors with an Australian or New Zealand Qualification and/or Registered in Australia or New Zealand
    This form is for candidates who are not Australian citizens who wish to apply for migration to Australia and who gained their chiropractic qualification from a recognised accredited program in Australia or New Zealand and/or hold current registration with the Chiropractic Board of Australia or New Zealand Chiropractic Board.
     
  • Form B. Application for Skills Assessment for Migration to Australia and/or Registration in Australia or New Zealand as a Chiropractor. For Chiropractors with an Overseas Qualification from an accredited program
    This form is for candidates who obtained their chiropractic qualification from a recognised accredited program located outside of Australia and New Zealand. Note: this application form is for both Australia and non-Australian citizens.
     
  • Form C. Application for Skills Assessment for Migration to Australia and/or Registration in Australia or New Zealand as a Chiropractor. For Chiropractors with an Overseas Qualification that is not from an accredited program.
    This form is for candidates who obtained their chiropractic qualification from a program located outside of Australia and New Zealand that is NOT a recognised accredited program. Note: this application form is for both Australian and non-Australian citizens.

To find out if your program is a recognised accredited program, refer to this list of Recognised off-shore programs.

Stage 2 Competency Based Assessment

The Stage 2 – Competency Based Assessment is used to determine a candidate’s ability to practise safely and competently against current Australian and New Zealand ‘entry level’ chiropractic competencies. A successful Stage 2 – Competency Based Assessment is one of the requirements for overseas qualified chiropractors applying for migration to Australia and/or registration in Australia or New Zealand.

The Stage 2 – Competency Based Assessment consists of three parts undertaken over three consecutive days in Australia or New Zealand:

  • Part 1 – Written Basic Competency
  • Part 2 – Written Clinical Competency
  • Part 3 – Practical Clinical Competency

Full details about the structure of each part of the assessment, along with sample questions, can be found in the CCEA Candidate Guide.


Dates, Deadlines and Locations

Stage 2 Assessment DateLocationStage 1 – Desktop Audit submission deadline*Stage 2 Assessment payment deadline
February Sydney, Australia 15 November 15 January
July Auckland, New Zealand 15 April 15 June
November Perth, Australia 15 August 15 October

*including receipt by the CCEA of all supporting documents and the application fee.