You may be required to provide certified copies of original documents in support of an application for registration, endorsement or for other purposes required by the National Law. The application form will outline which documents must be certified.
A 'certified copy' of an original document is a copy that has been verified as being a true copy of an original document. This is done by a person who is authorised to certify copies of original documents.
The following certification process is for the purposes of Ahpra and the National Boards, if you are required to provide certified documents for other purposes that are not related to Ahpra or the National Boards, you must check that organisations’ requirements.
You must follow the process as outlined on the PDF instruction guide available on this page to certify a copy.
For hard copy application forms, certified copies will only be accepted in hard copy by mail or in person (not by fax, email, etc). Photocopies of previously certified documents will not be accepted.
For online application forms, certified copies of documents can be uploaded with your online application.
Any documents containing a photograph (e.g. a passport, driver’s licence, etc.) must be certified by an Authorised Officer with the statement ‘I certify that this is a true copy of the original and the photograph is a true likeness of the person presenting the document as sighted by me.’
Please print the guide 'Certifying Documents (PDF 296KB)’ and take it with you to an Authorised Officer when certifying your documents.
An Authorised Officer should do the following in the presence of the applicant:
Certified documents must:
Any documents containing a photograph must be annotated by the Authorised Officer with the statement, ‘I certify that this is a true copy of the original and the photograph is a true likeness of the person presenting the document as sighted by me.’
Each application form outlines what documents are to be certified copies.
For online applications, all proof of identity documents must be certified as above.
Please refer to the online application for detailed information of these requirements.