Applying for registration in New Zealand
Are you currently registered in Australia?
If you hold current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), you can apply for New Zealand registration under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997.
Are you currently registered anywhere else?
If you are a nurse who is registered overseas, and you want to practise in New Zealand, you must meet our requirements. There are seven requirements which help us make sure you are safe, competent and prepared to nurse in New Zealand.
1. You must prove your identity
We need to check you are who you say you are. We check this by looking at certified copies of your identity documents.
2. The English language
In New Zealand we require nurses to communicate effectively with patients, colleagues, employers and other health professionals. You must pass an approved English Language test before you apply for registration.
3. Nursing qualification
We assess your nursing qualification(s) to ensure that they are the same level as those of New Zealand graduates.
4. Current registration
You must provide evidence of your current overseas registration, This may include a certified copy of your registration certificate. You must supply verification of your good standing with the nursing regulatory authority you are registered with.
5. Post-registration experience
You must provide evidence of least two years' post-registration experience. You must have two years' nursing practice in the last five years. We count five years from the date you applied for New Zealand registration. For example, you applied on 1 April 2018; we look at the time frame from
1 April 2013 to 1 April 2018.
6. Demonstrate fitness to practise
You must demonstrate that you are fit for registration as a nurse. As part of your application you will be required to complete a declaration about your competence and fitness to practice.
7. Competence to practise
Many nurses who have been registered overseas will need to successfully complete a Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) before we can grant New Zealand registration. The CAP programme prepares overseas registered nurses for the registered nurse role and the healthcare context of New Zealand, which is different to many other countries. Please click here for more information about CAP programmes.
Please click here to contact us if you have any other questions.