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Internationally Qualified Nurses Registration in New Zealand

Prepared by: TIJO JOSEPH

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1. English Language Requirements The Nursing Council approved English language tests are: a) Occupational English Test (OET) For OET you must achieve a minimum score of 350 for each band score (B). b) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) For IELTS you must achieve a minimum score of 7 in each band of the academic test. You can achieve the minimum score in the English language tests over more than one sitting (Clubbing is so far accepted). However the required score must be met within 12 months of first sitting the test, and less than three years old when your CGFNS report is submitted to Nursing Council.

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2. Current Registration You must have been registered /licensed as a nurse in the country where you received your nursing education and also hold current registration/license in that or another country. You must also provide verification of good standing from all countries you have been and are registered with. 3. Post Registration Experience You must be able to provide evidence that you have practised nursing for at least two years (including 2,500 hours) within the last five years. If you have not worked as a nurse for at least two of the last five years, you may still apply for the credential verification service receiving prior consent from NZNC.

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Registration is a 3-step process 1. Apply to CGFNS International Inc. You must submit your documents and credentials to CGFNS for credentials verification process and receive their report. 2. Request CGFNS to send your report to the Nursing Council after reviewing the report. You will then receive an email inviting you to complete the application process for registration. 3. Apply to the Nursing council. The Nursing Council will assess your application against the seven registration standards and issue a Decision Letter (DL) based on CGFNS report.

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Nurses who have been registered overseas will need to successfully complete a Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) before granting New Zealand registration. CAPs are generally six to twelve weeks long and include theory and clinical components. Applicants are given two years from the date of notification in DL to begin a CAP. If you hold current registration in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Singapore, the United States of America or Canada, you may not need to complete a CAP because the registered nurse role and healthcare context in these countries is similar to New Zealand. You will be asked to make a declaration for fitness for registration and to complete a criminal history check prior to start CAP. Criminal history checks are valid for six months only.

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Ara Institute of Canterbury Avatar Institute of Learning Bupa Care Services Eastern Institute of Technology Lonsdale Education Centre Manukau Institute of Technology Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Northland polytechnic Oceania Group Otago Polytechnic

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Rannerdale War Veterans Hospital Rosebank Residential Home Universal College of Learning ( UCOL) Unitec New Zealand Waikato Institute of Technology Whitireia New Zealand

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Once you finish CAP and get registered, you will be asked to apply for an Annual Practising Certificate. This entitles you to practise as a nurse in New Zealand. Nurses who practise without a practising certificate may be referred to a professional conduct committee. APC Renewal Fee 6 months (with a fee of NZ$55.00) 9 months (with a fee of NZ$82.50) 12 months (with a fee of NZ$110.50) 15 months (with a fee of NZ$137.50). All fees quoted include the compulsory disciplinary levy and GST.

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CGFNS credentials verification service fee - $300 (USD) Nursing Council application and processing fee - $485 (NZD) Other related costs (set by each provider) may include: Translation of original documents into English (if required) Competence Assessment Programme fees (Approximately $10,000 (NZD)) International Criminal History Check fee: $149 (AUD) APC Renewal Fee as mentioned. All fees paid are non-refundable.

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Credentials verification will take approximately 30 days once all required documentation has been received by CGFNS. The Nursing Council assessment and registration process is then expected to take up to 30 days once you have responded to their invitation to apply.

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For more information and support Contact: Tijo Joseph, + 91 9526939295 E Mail: