Starting 2 April 2018, applicants who have qualifications from outside of Ireland and wish to obtain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland must now satisfy the Board that they have the necessary knowledge of English to communicate effectively in their practice.
All applicants must provide evidence that demonstrates competence in the four mandatory skills of communication, that are speaking, reading, listening and writing. In order to facilitate this, it is proposed to offer all applicants from outside of Ireland a number of methods by which they can demonstrate that they meet the NMBI English Language requirements.
Pathway 1: If the applicant is trained in English in a NMBI Recognised Country
The pre-registration nursing or midwifery qualification which an applicant is relying on for registration was taught and examined in English in one of the NMBI recognised countries within the last 5 years (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA or UK).
A letter on headed paper or an email from the applicant’s training institution covering the following:
Pathway 2: If the applicant was registered and practised in English
An applicant who wishes to rely on evidence that they have registered and practised in English must be able to prove that they have 3 years post registration practice within the last five years in one of the recognised countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA or UK).
A letter on headed paper or an email from the applicant’s employer/s or Nursing Authority covering the following:
Pathway 3: English Language Tests
The applicant may submit a certificate of test results from either the International English Language Test System (IELTS) or Occupational English Test (OET).
NMBI accepts International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test, IELTS Academic Test for UKVI, and the Occupational English Language Test (OET) as evidence of English language competency.
Please refer to the tables below for the minimum levels in each of the tests that are accepted by NMBI:
|IELTS Academic Test||Minimum scores|
Points to note:
Read the whole article at this link: https://www.nmbi.ie/Registration/Trained-outside-Ireland/English-Language-Requirements.aspx