If you are a nurse who has registered overseas, or one who wants to return to clinical practice after time away, this programme will help you apply for your annual practising certificate

This is a 7-12 week programme which involves simulated practice assessments, clinical placements and assessments in hospitals or the community, completion of a range of worksheets, and a Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) workshop and one assignment. This programme has three intakes per year in February, May and October.

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: 24

Learning Hours: 40

Clinical Hours: 200


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

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