Assessment of overseas nurses

The Nursing Council assesses each applicant on an individual basis and does not operate a system of reciprocal registration or enrolment except for Australian applicants who meet the requirements of the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act (1988).

All overseas nurses applying for registration must have:

  • current registration with an overseas regulatory authority
  • successfully completed of a nursing programme that is, in the Nursing Council’s opinion, equivalent to a three-year bachelor degree programme in nursing and at level 7 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework
  • two years post-registration nursing practice (of at least 2500 hours) within the five years immediately before the date of the application
  • if directed by the Nursing Council, completed a Nursing Council-approved competence assessment programme.

Nurses from countries other than Australia need to score at least a 7 in all bands of the International English Language Testing System or a B or A in all bands of the Occupational English Test. The scores can be achieved over a succession of tests within 12 months of first sitting the test.

Applicants from Australia

The Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act (TTMRA) came into effect on 1 May 1998. Applicants with nursing registration in Australia can apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand under TTMRA.

Please contact the Nursing Council for the appropriate application form:

Nursing Council of New Zealand
Postal address PO Box 9644
Marion Square
Wellington 6141
New Zealand
Phone +64 4 385 9589
Fax +64 4 801 8502
Email oseas@nursingcouncil.org.nz
Website Nursing Council of New Zealand
Street address Level 12
Mid City Tower
139–143 Willis Street
Wellington
New Zealand
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