Competence Assessment Programme (CAP)

Competence Assessment Programme(CAP)


Overseas nurses are required to complete a programme before registration in New Zealand. These competency assessment programmes are offered by Council-accredited providers, including schools of nursing, district health boards and other health service providers.

These programmes seek to assess the ability of an overseas nurses seeking registration, or New Zealand nurses who are returning to practice, to demonstrate the competencies for their scope of practice under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (“the Act”). 



The standards relate to each of the following five areas:  

Programme Content 

Provision of Resources 

Teaching and Learning Processes 

Evaluation of Outcomes

Quality Management

Nurses having successfully completed a competence assessment programme are said to have met the Nursing Council of New Zealand (“Council”)’s competencies for his or her scope of practice. They can then apply for registration as nurses with the NCNZ. 


  Course Commences On

January, March, May, July, October

  English Language Requirement

IELTS of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0.(clubbing possible) 

  Entry Requirement

  Decision letter from NCNZ

  Leads to a Registration

As an RN with NCNZ

  Campuses

Palmerston North



Country: New Zealand

Duration: 12 Weeks

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