Competency Assessment Programme for New Zealand and Overseas Registered Nurses  Competency Assessment Programme for New Zealand and Overseas Registered Nurses

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Short Award Full time - 9 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2014)


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$1,500 - $1,700

Additional Costs

Travel, MRSA, indemnity insurance

Programme Code



January, June, October





Application due

Received all year


Madras Street campus


Our nursing programme gives New Zealand Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses returning to practice after five years or more, or internationally qualified Registered Nurses, the opportunity to obtain their current practicing certificate through the competency assessment programme.

This intensive programme comprises of three weeks of theory and includes study in ethics, regulations in New Zealand, quality assurance, cultural safety and preparation for clinical practice and a practical clinical component which runs for six weeks.

Internationally qualified nurses: This programme will accept internationally qualified nurses who currently hold an approved registration in a country other than New Zealand. Internationally qualified nurses require a current visa or other evidence of right to study in New Zealand, with the appropriate letter to allow entry to the clinical workplace.

Applications are accepted subject to the availability of suitable clinical placement.

Programme structure

To complete this Short Award you are required to complete a minimum total of 34 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
  • Applicants must be a New Zealand Registered Nurse or an internationally qualified nurse with the appropriate documentation (see Additional Requirements) and have at least one year of employment as a registered nurse.
Alternative Requirements
Additional Requirements
  • In order to participate in the clinical components of the programme, you must meet various Health Authority requirements. Currently, MRSA clearance is required by most clinical practice areas.
  • Consent to Disclosure of Information
    Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form depending on their placement. The form will be sent by CPIT to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of School. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.
  • New Zealand applicants will be New Zealand registered nurses. Internationally qualified nurses require a letter from the Nursing Council of New Zealand approving your qualification and documenting the English, theoretical and practical requirements that you must meet in order to gain registration in New Zealand.
English Requirements
  • Overseas Registered Nurses: If you are from a non English speaking background the IELTS requirement is 7.0 Academic (no lower than 7.0 in reading, listening, writing and speaking subtests).
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Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an competency assessment programme domestic application pack.

Due to Immigration New Zealand visa requirements international students are ineligible to enrol in this programme.

Career opportunities

After completion of the theory and clinical components and having successfully met the Nursing Council of New Zealand's competencies for registration, you may apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand for a current practicing certificate.

Study pathways

Specialise in an area of your choice with our Graduate Certficate in Nursing Practice.

Recommended school subjects

  • For registered nurses only