March 7, 2024

Embark on Your Nursing Journey: New Zealand’s Updated Requirements and Application Process.

The landscape for internationally qualified nurses (IQNs) seeking employment in New Zealand is changing in exciting ways. Started last December 4, 2023, the Nursing Council will be implementing a new system for competence assessments.

The Council has instituted a new assessment process for applicants in order to guarantee that all nurses working in New Zealand adhere to the strictest standards of professionalism and competence. This comprises a clinical assessment and an online theoretical examination.

You will continue with your current competency assessment program (CAP) if you filed your application before December 4th, 2023. Don't worry.

It's critical that IQNs comprehend these modifications and how they could affect your application procedure. The Nursing Council has scheduled an 18-month transition period (from 2024 to mid-2025) for the new competency testing method and the current CAPs to be in effect.

The implementation of this new system, which is first geared toward registered nurses, is expected to open doors for enrolled nurses soon.

We will give you a thorough rundown of the new requirements in this blog post and walk you through the process of meeting them. Don't pass up this chance to begin your nursing career adventure in New Zealand right now!

Getting your documents confirmed and certified by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) is the first step towards becoming a registered nurse in New Zealand. This holds true for all nurses, regardless of experience level or place of birth. After reviewing your nursing education, professional experience, and language skills, the CGFNS will provide you with a report that you can use to apply for Nursing Council registration.

Along with this first verification process, the Welcome to Aotearoa New Zealand program is a requirement for all nurses. Two free online courses are included in this curriculum, which covers subjects like professional ethics, cultural sensitivity, and the legal prerequisites for practicing nursing in New Zealand.  Australian nurses are the only ones exempt from this requirement because they follow a separate registration process.

The Nursing Council may further demand a competency assessment from some nurses submitting an application for registration. A theoretical analysis and a clinical competence assessment procedure are both included in this evaluation. The theoretical exam, which measures nursing knowledge, can be taken online at a recognized testing location in New Zealand or abroad.

The two-day orientation and preparation course and the three-hour Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) comprise the clinical competence evaluation process. Topics including infection control procedures, effective communication techniques, and medication management unique to the healthcare system in New Zealand are covered in the orientation course. The OSCE is a clinical exam that measures how well you can use your nursing knowledge and abilities in a patient care scenario that is simulated. The OSCE and the orientation training are both taken in person at a recognized location in New Zealand.


In conclusion, the enhanced competence assessment requirements set forth by the Nursing Council of New Zealand are intended to guarantee that all nurses who practice in the nation adhere to strict professional and competency standards. If you are an internationally qualified nurse seeking employment in New Zealand, you must be aware of these new standards and take the necessary action to comply with them.

Before submitting an application for registration, make sure that CGFNS has validated and authenticated your documents, and make sure you have finished all necessary steps in the Welcome to Aotearoa New Zealand program.

You will show that you are dedicated to providing high-quality nursing care by fulfilling these standards, which will also raise your chances of getting registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

Navigating the Nursing Pathway with Pelican Migration Consultants

Embarking on your nursing immigration journey in New Zealand entails navigating through updated requirements and application processes. While these changes can seem daunting, Pelican Migration Consultants is here to provide expert guidance and support every step of the way.

  1. Expert Guidance: Our team of experienced consultants specializes in immigration and registration processes for internationally qualified nurses. We stay updated with the latest changes in regulations and requirements to ensure a smooth and successful application process for our clients.
  2. Personalized Support: We understand that each nurse's situation is unique, which is why we offer personalized support tailored to your specific needs and circumstances. From document verification to exam preparation, we provide comprehensive assistance to help you achieve your nursing career goals in New Zealand.
  3. Streamlined Process: Navigating the immigration and registration process can be complex and time-consuming. With Pelican Migration Consultants, you can trust that we will streamline the process for you, saving you valuable time and effort while ensuring compliance with all necessary regulations.
  4. Access to Resources: In addition to our expert guidance, we provide access to a wealth of resources and information to help you prepare for your nursing journey in New Zealand. From online courses to exam preparation materials, we equip you with everything you need to succeed.
  5. Ongoing Support: Our support doesn't end once you've successfully registered as a nurse in New Zealand. We offer ongoing assistance and guidance to help you settle into your new role and navigate any challenges that may arise along the way.

With Pelican Migration Consultants by your side, you can embark on your nursing journey in New Zealand with confidence and peace of mind. Let us help you turn your dream of practicing nursing in this beautiful country into a reality.