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THE CAP PROCESS – Getting Registered as RN in New Zealand

New Zealand Registered Nurses enjoy a high stand of living and are one of the most respected professions in the country. Being an RN comes with many benefits attached, mainly

  • Can start working as soon as you gain registration, upon employer sponsorship.
  • Eligibility for PR as nurses are given priority due to the shortage.
  • High Annual Income – between NZD 47,000 to 68,000 p.a.
  • Practice in the best health settings.
  • High Standard of living Settle and provide your family a safe and friendly environment to grow up in

In order to work in New Zealand as a Registered Nurse, the first step is to gain registration with the Nursing Council, on meeting the following eligibility requirements.

Qualification : B.Sc., Post B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Nursing
Work Experience : Minimum 2 years in the last 5 years (after registration)
English Language Requirements : Any one of the below tests are acceptable

  • IELTS score of overall and Individual 7 (Clubbing is acceptable)
  • OET B (minimum score of 350 for each band)


Step 1 – Apply to CGFNS International Inc.

If you are an Internationally Qualified Nurse who wishes to practice in New Zealand, you must first apply to The Credentials Verification Service for the Nursing Council of New Zealand (CVS-NCNZ) at CGFNS International, Inc.

It’s a secure and direct method for internationally qualified nurses (except for those licensed in Australia) to have their credentials verified and authenticated.

The process is designed to determine that you are who you say you are and that your education and work experience are true and satisfy the requirements of the NCNZ.

CGFNS International verifies and authenticates your identity documents, academic and professional credentials, and nursing employment. We then prepare a report, which you must review and authorize before we can send it to the NCNZ. Once the NCNZ receives the report, you will then be invited to apply for registration with the NCNZ

Step 2 – Request CGFNS to send your report to the Nursing council

Once you have received your report, you need to request CGFNS to send it to the Nursing Council. It will take up to 3 working days to receive your report.

You will then receive an email inviting you to apply online for registration.

Step 3 – Apply to the Nursing Council

The Nursing Council will assess your application against the seven registration standards and make a decision regarding your registration. You will be asked to make a declaration for fitness for registration and to complete a criminal history check. Criminal history checks are valid for six months only.

You may be required to complete a Competence Assessment Program (CAP) prior to registration.

Once you are registered, you will be asked to apply for an Annual Practicing Certificate. This entitles you to practice as a nurse in New Zealand.

Documents Required

  • Application Fee
  • Passport
  • Name change Document
  • Nursing Education Form
  • Employment Validation Form
  • Registration Form
  • Language Certificate

MWT Education Consultancy has been helping thousands of nurses to realize their dream of working in New Zealand. Following are the guidance and services we offer to all our candidates:


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