English Language Requirement

Candidates who did not complete their secondary education in English must demonstrate that they have the necessary English language skills for registration purposes by achieving a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) in the IELTS examination (academic module) or completion and an overall pass in the OET with grades A or B only in each of the four components.  Test results will generally need to be obtained within three years prior to applying for assessment for registration.


Candidates who provide evidence that they undertook and completed secondary education that was taught and assessed in English in one of the countries listed below and that their tertiary qualifications in osteopathy were taught and assessed in English in one of the countries listed below satisfy the English language requirement:


  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom and
  • United States of America


Submitting supporting documents

Electronic Copies (Certification required)

All documents submitted electronically must be certified scanned colour copies of the original document. This information offers you guidance in attaching documents to your email application.


A certified copy is a copy (often a photocopy) of a primary document, that has on it an endorsement or certificate that it is a true copy of the primary document. It does not certify that the primary document is genuine, only that it is a true copy of the primary document

The only people who can certify your documents are a:

  • Legal Practitioner
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Peace Commissioner
  • Commissioner of Oaths
  • Commissioner of Declarations
  • Notary Public Judge
  • Magistrate
  • person legally designated to sign documents from an embassy or consulate.

AOAC recommends you ask the person who certifies your application form to certify all other documents.


The person who certifies your documents has to:

  • Include this statement on every document: I certify that this is a true copy of the original document
  • Put their signature underneath the statement.
  • State which profession they are a member of (they must be on AOAC’s list of accepted professionals)
  • Include the date, their contact address and their phone number.
  • Apply an official stamp or seal, if available.
  • Submitting incorrectly certified documents may delay your assessment.


Compressed files

AOAC is not able to accept files that have been compressed. A compressed file is a container for documents, programs or other files that have been packaged together and reduced in size.


A common example is files compressed using WinZip® with a ‘.zip’ file extension. If the document you are attempting to attach is too large we recommend that you create a PDF document.
See: https://createpdf.adobe.com/


What can you attach?

AOAC is only able to accept the following file formats:


File Type


Microsoft Word 2002 or older document


Microsoft Word 2007 document


JPEG image file


Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format file


Microsoft PowerPoint presentation document


Microsoft Excel spreadsheet document


The following table details the maximum number, size and allowable formats of files you are able to attach to your application:


Maximum number of files

 Maximum size each file

Formats allowed