Interim Year Requirements


Although all levels of PDRP are valid for three years from the date of approval, in order to verify that the PDRP level initially endorsed is being maintained in the interim years, the following procedure applies:

During the interim years, by the PDRP anniversary date the applicant must complete all required sections of the Interim validation form with their Line Manager and submit by email only Section Four of the form found here to the PDRP office. Please scan Section 4 and email to:  We do not require this to be followed up with a hard copy.

If you are on Competent or Designated Senior Nurse level of PDRP, you are not required to complete Section 4.

NOTE:This is for CDHB staff only.

This is part of the PDRP Interim Year process and section four verifies that you are maintaining your level of practice on the PDRP and meets requirements under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003) as regulated by the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

For external organisation please contact your PDRP Coordinator to find out how to maintain your level at the interim year.

Non-maintenance of the interim year requirements

If the nurse is not verified as having met the interim year requirements and no extension has been applied for, the applicant will be removed from the PDRP and any level of practice payment associated with the PDRP will cease. The nurse will no longer be exempt from Nursing Council audit processes.

If the reason the nurse has attempted to verify interim year validation, but the nursing line manager believes that the applicant does not meet the required level of practice, they will then work with the applicant to put together a development plan.

If after three months the applicant has not been able to meet these requirements, he/she can choose to either drop a level of practice or come off the PDRP process until able to represent their portfolio for assessment. 

If the applicant believes they have been unfairly treated, they can then choose to go through the appeals process which is described fully in the PDRP process located on the intranet.

Interim year requirements in the case of illness or parental leave

When nurses successful on the PDRP are on parental or extended leave, the nurse is required by NCNZ to still maintain continuing competence requirements for professional development hours, hours worked and assessment against the competencies once they return to work.

The following statements come from the PDRP Policy:

  •  In the case of parental leave the PDRP level should remain the same in the interim year.
  • When the applicant starts parental leave they will notify the PDRP Coordinator of their status. 
  • An interim year re-validation will not be required, until they return to work.
  • Upon return to work, the applicant meets with their Nurse Manager to form a development plan to determine how they will meet the interim year revalidation requirements.
  • If post parental leave interim year revalidation requirements cannot be met, the same process will occur as per PDRP Policy.

In the case of the applicant taking extended leave for up to one year, the same principle applies as in the case of parental leave.

NOTE: If a nurse is going on parental or extended leave over their 3 yearly expiration date, they are still required to resubmit their portfolio by this date. This is because under the HPCA, Nursing Council audit requirements must still be met, in this case through the PDRP.​

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Page last reviewed: 03 August 2021