What will I learn?

Do you want to practise as a nurse in New Zealand?

If you are an internationally registered nurse (Special criteria apply), this NCAP training scheme enables you to apply for an annual practicing certificate and/or registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ).

Combining classroom theory and independent study, you learn what is required to practise nursing competently in Aotearoa New Zealand, including an understanding of cultural safety, the Treaty of Waitangi, and New Zealand legislation and guidelines. Supervised clinical placements assess and prepare you for professional practice.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • Nursing Competence Assessment Programme for New Zealand (NCAP)


Graduates will have the requirements for New Zealand Nursing Council registration, if they are overseas registered nurses or if they are New Zealand registered nurses returning to practice, and are able to apply for a New Zealand Nursing Council practicing certificate.

New Zealand Nursing Council registration will enable graduates to pursue employment and career opportunities within a range of health care settings, including primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings.


Tapuhi o Naianei i Aotearoa: Contemporary Nursing in New Zealand
Mahinga Tapuhi i Aotearoa: Nursing Praxis in New Zealand

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health, Education and Environment

Study options

Full Time (12 weeks)

Tuition fees
NZ $12,000 for the entire course; Health Screening - NZ $300 - NZ $500 (proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Pertusus, Hepatitis and TB, an MRSA screen and a flu booster)
Start date

Expected October 2022


Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Windermere Campus,

70 Windermere Drive,



3112, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline; Or have completed a minimum of a two-year diploma equivalent to NZQA Level 7 or higher in a related discipline; Or be able to demonstrate at least three years’ equivalent relevant practical and/or professional experience (a curriculum vitae must be submitted detailing relevant work experience and professional achievements). Applicants must meet the English language requirements: IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5. TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42; OET- Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; Cambridge English Qualifications- B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.

For international students

Overseas registered nurses seeking entry must provide:

  • Written notification from the Nursing Council of New Zealand of the requirement to complete a competence assessment programme before registration.
  • Authorised evidence of registration in country of origin.
  • Authorised evidence of successful completion of qualification leading to registration.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae, including a history of nursing practice as a RN internationally.
  • Two character references. These references need to be done by people who supervise your current employment or an employee. References from relatives are not acceptable.
  • A current passport with visa.
  • Evidence of Health Screening requirements that ensure safety to practice.
  • Evidence (obtained within the past two years) of your ability to speak and write in English.

English Language requirements:

IELTS academic score of 7.0 in all bands

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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