International registration

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.

TTMR Information for Applicants 01 July 2015 (PDF, 131 KB)

TTMR Application Form 23 February 2018 (PDF, 396 KB)

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.

Requirements for New Zealand registration (PDF, 686 KB)

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.

Registration standard: Proof of identity (PDF, 436 KB)

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.

Registration standard: the English language (PDF, 570 KB)

3. Nursing qualification

We assess your nursing qualification(s) to ensure that they are the same level as those of New Zealand graduates.

Registration standard: Nursing qualification (PDF, 474 KB)

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.

Registration standard: Current registration (PDF, 539 KB)

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.

Registration standard: Post registration experience (PDF, 744 KB)

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.

Registration standard: Fitness to practise (PDF, 735 KB)

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.

Registration standard: Competence to practise (PDF, 633 KB)

Please click here to contact us if you have any other questions.

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