Applying with overseas registration

Registration Costs

The Nursing Council fee to process your application is $485 (NZ)

There are additional costs from external providers:

1. Verifying and authenticating documents with CGFNS

All nurses are required by the Council to have their documents verified and authenticated by CGFNS, an external company. You must do this before you can apply for registration to the Nursing Council.

You can find out more about the verification process here.

Their fee currently is $300 (US)

2. International criminal history check

All nurses are required by the Council to complete a criminal history check:

  • If you have lived in New Zealand for more than 6 months, you apply to the NZ Ministry of Justice for a check here.
  • For an international criminal history check, you must apply to Fit2Work which has been accredited by the Nursing Council. You can find out more here.
  • Their fee (per country) currently is $159 (AUS) 

3. Competence assessment examination

Some internationally qualified nurses will be required to undergo a competence assessment to become registered.

This is in two parts and you need to complete both.

The costs are as follows:

  1. IQN theoretical examination - Pearson VUE
  2. Costs are quoted in New Zealand dollars but are payable in the currency of the country in which you are sitting the examination.


    Part A: Medication Safety and
    Part B: Nursing Knowledge

    $ 140 NZ


    Re-sit of Part A: Medication Safety


    $ 32 NZ



    Re-sit of Part B: Nursing Knowledge


    $ 108 NZ


  3. Clinical competence assessment - Nurse Maude Simulation Centre
  4. Orientation & preparation course

    $ 500 NZ


    OSCE – clinical examination


    $ 3,000 NZ

    Resit of OSCE

    $ 3,000 NZ

There may be additional related costs from external providers such as translation of original documents into English.