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Competency Assessment Programme - for Internationally Qualified Nurses

This course is designed to enable and provide internationally-qualified nurses with the skills and knowledge to practice within New Zealand’s health context.

Overview

Please note: We are currently only accepting applications from domestic students for this programme. However, we may open this to international applicants (off-shore and on-shore) in the future. 

This course is designed to provide internationally qualified nurses with an understanding of nursing in a New Zealand context and assess their competence to practice within a New Zealand healthcare setting. This course is ideal for internationally qualified nurses who currently live in New Zealand and want to become registered nurses in New Zealand's healthcare system.

The duration of this course is 12 weeks, and a mix of full- and part-time study, to enable some flexibility for students. 

First, you’ll complete six weeks of theoretical study, including applied learning at Waitākere Hospital’s Simulation Lab, to develop your understanding of contemporary nursing in New Zealand. Then you’ll complete six weeks of clinical practice. We're able to provide clinical practice placements in acute, primary, or aged care facilities only.

Important info for international applicants (once we start accepting international students):

  • International students must hold a valid work visa prior to applying for this programme;
  • This programme does not qualify internationally-located nurses for a New Zealand student visa.

Start dates

From - To Lecture Format Clinical Placements
02 May 2022 - 8 July 2022

Classes from week of 2 May to 27 May. 3 days per week (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). All classes are from 9am - 3.30pm.

Clinical Placement from 30 May to 8 July. 4 days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

Fees 

Domestic students: $1,887 (incl. GST and student service fee)
International students (once we start accepting international applications): $9,320 (incl. GST)
 
Please note:
  • International applicants (once accepted) may need insurance for this short course. Please see our Insurance page for more information.
  • The fee you pay at enrolment covers tuition, class materials (if required) and a Student Services fee.
  • This short course is not eligible for a student loan and/or student allowance. 
  • If there are insufficient numbers registered for a course Unitec reserves the right to postpone or cancel.

Application process

Please note: Future immunisations for COVID-19 may be required for all students in this programme.  

1. Click on apply now and fill in the application form for 'Competency Assessment Programme - Nursing'

Please note, if this programme is not available for application when you apply, this indicates it’s full. 

2. We'll be in touch within 48 hours to discuss your application. You’ll need to provide us with the following information via your Enrolment Dashboard:

  • Provide evidence of approved registration in a country other than New Zealand;
  • Provide a curriculum vitae (CV) that shows evidence of employment as a registered nurse for at least one year;
  • A written recommendation (from within the last 12 months) from the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) approving your qualification and outlining the requirement to complete a CAP programme;
  • Certified copies of two forms of ID (one must be your passport and valid visa, with an appropriate letter to allow entry into the clinical workplace);
  • Self-declaration of criminal conviction(s) and any medical condition(s) (submitted electronically);
  • Consent to a safety check which meets the requirements of the Children Act 2014, including:
    • Consent to a NZ police vet check here;
    • Provide the contact details of two referees;
    • Participate in an interview, if required;
  • Evidence of Police clearance from any country where you have lived other than New Zealand; 
  • Completed health screening, immune status (please provide a Medical Certificate) and medical declaration of fitness to practice – all signed by a doctor;
  • If English is your second language, evidence you meet this course’s English language requirements;

3. A letter of acceptance will be sent to confirm your place on this course. Following this confirmation, payment must be made at least 7 days prior to the commencement of the course.  Places on this course are not confirmed until the fee is paid. We encourage you to enrol early as the class fills quickly.

4. Once accepted into the programme, you will be required to have a valid Level 2 First Aid certificate within 5 weeks of the course start date. The easiest way to obtain this is by taking Unitec's First Aid Certificate course - you can find more information about this here.

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More information

If you would like more information, please contact Student Central on 0800 10 95 10 or email study@unitec.ac.nz.

Moving to Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa (New Zealand) is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, in 2023 Unitec will become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa.

This means that while you are enrolling with Unitec now, from Semester 1, 2023 you will become a Te Pūkenga learner.

Te Pūkenga has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including this programme. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

The information contained here is correct at the time of publishing, but as the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time.

Rest assured that we will notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you study, where you study or the ways you learn.