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.

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.

Entry requirements 

New Zealand Qualified Nurse (NZQN)

Evidence of suitability based on: relevant clinical practice (a minimum of two years post-registration), health screening, safety check and referee reports.

Internationally Qualified Nurse (IQN)

In addition to completing the application form:

Internationally Qualified Nurses will also need to provide the following documents:

  • Completed and signed Application to Enrol (international students) form
  • A copy of letter from Nursing Council New Zealand stating eligibility to apply for a Competency Assessment programme (please check Nursing Council of New Zealand website for details)
  • A copy of current updated C.V signed and dated (for Internationally trained nurses) relevant clinical practice (a minimum of two-year hospital nursing) within the last four years
  • A copy of current visa (if you are currently residing in New Zealand)
  • A verified copy of your passport or birth certificate confirming your legal name and residency status
  • Academic IELTS 7.0 in all bands (achieved in one sitting); or OET B in all sub-tests (achieved in one sitting)
  • Police clearance certificates (applicants who have lived in countries other than New Zealand need to provide a Police Clearance from each country) 

All documentation must be verified as true copy. The verification can be done by any of the authorised people below who can verify your documents:

  • Justice of the Peace (JP), Public Notary, Court Registrar, Deputy Registrar, Public Trust Officer
  • Barrister or Solicitor of the High Court
  • Local or Central Government employee designated for the purpose of taking oaths and declarations 
Update 14 June 2021: 

Due to the current Covid situation, if you are from either the Philippines or India and currently not residing in New Zealand, you will need to submit your application to one of our partnered agents below:

AJV Services Ltd   - India

Advanz Plus Limited - Philippines

Golden Summit Immigration Consultancy - Philippines

Applicants from other countries should continue to email the above-required documents to  Please note we do not accept applications from agents other than the approved agents listed above.

*International fees shown here do not include insurance and administration (currently approximately $780 per year of study).