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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.


This course is designed to provide internationally-qualified nurses with an understanding of nursing in a New Zealand context and assess your 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

  • 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
20 Jan 2021 - 02 Apr 2021

Please note: This intake is now full.

The first 5 weeks are part-time. Weeks 1 and 2: 3 days per week (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). Weeks 3, 4 and 5: 2 days per week (Wednesday and Friday). All classes are from 9am - 3.30pm.

22/2/21 to 02/4/21: 8 hour shifts, Monday to Thursday.

05 May 2021 - 23 Jul 2021

The first six weeks are part-time with classes running two days a week (Wednesday and Friday). All classes are from 9am - 3.30pm.

14/6/21 to 24/7/21: 8 hour shifts, Monday to Thursday.

08 Sep 2021 - 26 Nov 2021

The first six weeks are part-time with classes running two days a week (Wednesday and Friday). All classes are from 9am - 3.30pm.

18/10/21 to 26/11/21: 8 hour shifts, Monday to Thursday.


Domestic students: $1,837.80 (incl. GST)
International students: $9,180 (incl. GST)
Please note:
  • International applicants 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 

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