Training Eligibility


Training is restricted to mental health professionals (with clinical experience) who have a minimum of a four year tertiary qualification (post graduate level or equivalent) in the mental health sector.   A minimum of NZQA level 8 is required.

Acceptable Qualifications include: 

  • Fully registered health professionals with specialist training in mental health (Psychiatry, Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Nurses, Mental Health Social workers).  Training needs to include training in specific psychological interventions like CBT, DBT etc.

  • Mental health professionals not covered by NZ legislation e.g. Counsellors who have a minimum of 4 years academic study, including a Master’s degree or have completed post-graduate qualifications (Honours, Post Graduate Diploma or higher) in mental health; have undertaken training in specific psychological interventions and have worked two years full time (or part time equivalent) under supervision in a mental health setting.​

  • All Clinicians must have FULL registration with their professional association. Provisional is insufficient.


  • If your Postgraduate degree is in process you may not practice EMDR without supervision until the degree is completed.

Other applicants may be considered, but should have relevant academic qualifications, training in psychological interventions, and work experience in the mental health sector. 


If you are interested in the training please apply directly to the trainer who will let you know if you are eligible. If the trainer is unsure they will ask the association to consider your application.

Please note that the EMDR NZ Association sets the minimum criteria for training eligibility and each trainer can add to these as they see fit.