Career in Nursing in New Zealand

To work as a nurse in New Zealand one needs to have a current registration as a nurse with Nursing Council of New Zealand.  The designation of the nurse in New Zealand is

  • Enrolled nurse
  • Registered nurse
  • Nurse practitioner
    Enrolled Nurse
    To be an Enrolled nurse a nursing qualification at level 5 on NQF is required. This must be accredited by the nursing council. Applicants also need to pass an assessment and examination of nursing council. The Enrolled nurses are required to practice under the supervision of a registered nurse or a nurse practitioner.
    Registered Nurse
    To practice as a registered nurse in New Zealand a qualification at a Bachelors level approved by nursing council of New Zealand is required. Alternatively a level 7 graduate nursing qualification or a post graduate qualification is also considered by Nursing Council. There is mandatory requirement of passing an assessment and examination   by nursing council New Zealand. Registered nurses may work independently. They may also work in collaboration with other health professionals.
    Nurse Practitioner
    Nurse practitioners need to have advanced training and knowledge. The qualification required is Masters Degree accredited by Nursing Council. Because of the advanced knowledge and training Nurse practitioners have demonstrated the competence and may have legal authority to practice beyond registered nurse
    Nurses registered in India can become registered Nurse in New Zealand

  • They need to do a CAP Program – Competency Assessment Program to be eligible to register and work as a nurse in New Zealand.
  • Working in New Zealand as a nurse is also a pathway to settle in New Zealand.
  • CAP program is a short term program of duration of 8 to 12 weeks.
  • The average cost of the program ranges from NZD 10000 to 12000
    The process of registration as a nurse in New Zealand

  • Get your qualification assessed by Nursing Council of New Zealand
  • Meet the initial criteria of Nursing Council of New Zealand
  • Get admission in CAP Program
  • Complete CAP Program successfully
  • Apply for final registration with Nursing Council Of New Zealand
  • Work as a nurse in New Zealand
    Initial requirements   for nurses qualified and registered in India

  • Nursing qualification from India
  • Registration as a nurse in India
  • 2 years work experience in last 5 years
  • IELTS 7 in each module or equivalent OET score
    Tentative processing time of initial assessment

  • CGFNS Credentials verification 30 days
  • Nursing council New Zealand assessment and registration 30 days
    Registration cost

  • US $300 CGFNS credentials verification service fee
  • NZ $ 485 Nursing Council application and processing fee