International registration

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 guidelines 31 Oct 2018 (PDF, 601 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 30 October 2018 (PDF, 681 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.

1. Registration Standard - Proof of Identity 10 Sep (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.

2. Registration Standard - The English Language 11 Oct 18 (PDF, 1,017 KB)

3. Nursing qualification

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

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

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

News Item: We close for summer period on Friday 21 December and reopen on Thursday 3 January. We will still be accepting applications during that period. However, you will experience some delays in receiving acknowledgements from us and or seeing updates of your online tracker. We thank you for your patience during this time and ask that you defer contacting us until February.

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

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