For nurses who are registered overseas or nurses who were registered or enrolled in New Zealand and want to return to clinical practice. This programme will support you to apply for an annual practising certificate.

Applications for the Competency Assessment Programme starting in October will be accepted after 1 May 2019.  This is due to pending changes to the Entry Criteria that will affect new applications. The new entry requirements will be published on the website as soon as they are approved.

Programme Outline

This programme integrates theory and practice and gives the overseas registered nurse, or the registered nurse who has been away from clinical practice, the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to meet the New Zealand Nursing Council Competencies for the Registered Nurse Scope of Practice and thereby apply for an annual practising certificate.

Credit Value: 32

Learning Hours: 80

Clinical Hours: 240


Entry Requirements

New Zealand Qualified Nurse (NZQN)

Evidence of suitability based on: CV or interview, to provide evidence of relevant clinical practice (with a minimum of two years post-registration), health screening, safety check and referee reports.

Internationally Qualified Nurse (IQN)

Overseas nursing registration, letter from the Nursing Council of New Zealand; and evidence of suitability based on CV and interview of: relevant clinical practice (a minimum of two years hospital nursing within the last four years – CV must include hospital certificates), health screening, safety check and referee reports.

International: IELTS 7.0 in each band (no less than 6.5 in any band in the last two sittings) or OET with B in each band (no less than C+ in any band in the last two sittings).

Please note that we do not accept applications from agents