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Occupational English Test 

What is the Occupational English Test?

The Occupational English Test evaluates the English language competence of people who have trained as medical and health practitioners in one country and wish to gain provisional registration to practise their profession in an English-speaking context. In most cases, applicants are subsequently required by their professional board or council to sit a test of professional knowledge. The test is currently used by governing bodies of the professions at state and national level in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Each board or council determines the result required from candidates to meet the language competency standards required in order to function in their profession. 

Proof of your English language skills

Below is a list of organisations that recognise OET results as proof of English language proficiency. Please check with the organisation you are applying to regarding the OET grade(s) they will accept.



Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection
The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection recognises OET for various visa categories including skilled migration and student visas. Candidates can find more information by visiting

Healthcare Boards & Councils

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
National agency responsible for the registration and accreditation of 14 health professions in Australia. Visit for more information.

The following AHPRA Boards recognise OET:

Chinese Medicine Board of Australia

Dental Board of Australia

Medical Board of Australia

Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Occupational Therapy Board of Australia

Optometry Board of Australia

Pharmacy Board of Australia

Physiotherapy Board of Australia

Podiatry Board of Australia

Other Boards and Councils

Australasian Veterinary Boards Council

Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council

Australian Dental Council

Australian Institute of Radiography

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council

Australian Pharmacy Council

Australian Physiotherapy Council

Dieticians Association of Australia

Health Advisory Council

Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and NZ)

South Australian Medical Education and Training

Speech Pathology Australia

Universities, Education and Recruitment

Australian Catholic University

Australian College of Nursing


Curtin University

CQ University

C.Y. O’Connor Institute

Deakin University

Edith Cowan University

EQUALS International (Aust) Pty Ltd

Federation University

Health Careers International

James Cook University

LaTrobe University

Lawson College Australia

Lonsdale Institute

Macquarie University

Murdoch University

Perth Institute of Business and Technology

PRN Healthcare

Southern Cross University

Tafe NSW

Tafe Queensland

Tafe SA

University of Canberra

University of Newcastle

University of Notre Dame Australia

University of Queensland

University of South Australia

University of Tasmania

University of the Sunshine Coast

University of Western Sydney


Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA)

Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)


Medical Council

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland


Health Professions Council of Namibia

New Zealand


Immigration New Zealand
Immigration New Zealand recognises OET for most visa categories. Candidates can find more information by visiting

Universities, Education and Recruitment

AGI Education Ltd

Ara Institute of Canterbury


Otago Polytechnic

Universal College of Learning

University of Otago


Healthcare Boards & Councils

Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council

Dental Council of New Zealand

Dietitians Board of New Zealand

Medical Council of New Zealand

Midwifery Council of New Zealand

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

Nursing Council of New Zealand

Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and NZ)

Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board of New Zealand

Pharmacy Council of New Zealand

Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand

Podiatrists Board of New Zealand

Veterinary Council of New Zealand


Singapore Dental Council

Singapore Medical Council

Singapore Pharmacy Council

Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC)

The Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) is a professional board which governs and regulates registered allied health professionals in Singapore.

AHPC – Occupational Therapy

AHPC – Physiotherapy

AHPC – Speech-language Therapy

AHPC – Diagnostic Radiography and Radiation Therapy


General Medical Council

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh


Ukraine Medical Council