How to write an AHPRA approved Resume and Cover Letter

March 1, 2019 5:03 pm Published by


Before you begin writing your resume, think about your work history and note your achievements and skills. The layout of your CV should be in line with AHPRA guidelines as follows:


Personal Information
Qualifications Obtained
Bridging Programs / Qualifying Examinations Include dates, facility, city, state and results.
Clinical / Procedural Skills Please note whether competent and /or observed.
Work / Practice History Current and Previous Positions.

Details to include:

  • Dates (for example; 30/06/2000 – 30/06/2002)
  • Position(s) – Title
  • Facility (including name, address and contact details ie City, State, Country)
  • Responsibilities (including whether position was full-time/part-time and if part-time include hours of work/week)


Internship and Observership

  • Provide in the chronology of the practice history details of internship rotations and any periods of observership.
Gaps in Work / Practice History Please provide an explanation of any period since obtaining your professional qualifications where you have not practised and reasons (eg undertaking study, travel, family commitment).
Registration History Provide a list of jurisdictions ie authorities:

  • where you are currently registered to practice and your registration number
  • where you have been previously registered to practice and your registration number (if known)
  • where you have applied for registration and that application remains under consideration
References and Publications Note: If provided this should be limited to 1-2 pages.


You must declare on your CV:

  • That the the Curriculum Vitae is true and correct as at (insert date). This declaration must be signed and dated.
  • The Boards will only accept the original signed Curriculum Vitae.
  • You must also attach certified copies of any results or performance reports from bridging courses undertaken, skills assessment, observership (as applicable) that have been stated in the CV.


Cover letters

Your cover letter is an important component of your application and should:

  • introduce you to the employer
  • identify the position you are applying for
  • convey your enthusiasm for the position
  • highlight the stand-out qualities that make you a great candidate
  • inspire the reader to continue reading your application (cover letters are not a summary of your resume).

It only needs to be one page and should be should be tailored to suit that particular job.


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