Frequently Asked Questions
What documents do I need to apply to CGFNS?
Please refer to the CGFNS Applicant Portal for more information – click
I do not have two years’ post registration experience. Can I still apply?
If you have not worked as a nurse for at least two of the last five years, you will still be able to apply to the CGFNS Credentials Verification Service, but the decision made by the Nursing Council may be affected, including your application being declined.
If you have no nursing experience, you are not eligible to apply to the Nursing Council.
Why do I need to complete the CGFNS credentials verification process?
CGFNS International Inc specialises in verifying and authenticating documents.
What is the Nursing Council application fee? Do I need to pay an additional fee to CGFNS?
here for information about fees.
How long will this process take?
Credentials verification will take approximately 30 days once all required documentation has been received by CGFNS. The Nursing Council assessment and registration process is then expected to take up to 65 days once you have responded to their invitation to apply.
Do I need to complete the CGFNS Qualifying Exam?
How do I check the status of my CGFNS verification request?
Log in to your CGFNS Applicant Portal
English Language Requirements
To register in Aotearoa New Zealand, you must satisfy us that you are able to communicate effectively, and that your ability to communicate in and comprehend English is sufficient to protect the health and safety of the public.
The most common pathway to provide evidence of your English language competence is to pass a Nursing Council approved English language test. The Nursing Council approved English language tests are Occupational English Test (OET) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic.
For OET you must achieve a minimum score of 350 for reading, listening, and speaking; and a minimum score of 300 for writing.
For IELTS Academic you must achieve a minimum score of 7 for reading, listening, and speaking; and a minimum score of 6.5 for writing.
You can achieve the minimum score in the English language tests over more than one sitting; however, the required score must be met within 12 months of first sitting the test and met within three years of your CGFNS report being transmitted to Nursing Council.
Please note that the Nursing Council of New Zealand does not currently accept online computer-based tests. However, computer-based tests administered in an approved testing centre are accepted (this includes the OET on computer at venue with the speaking sub-test that is hosted online).
How do I apply for registration?
Once your credentials have been verified and authenticated by CGFNS you will be invited to apply to the Nursing Council.
Do I need to submit my documents to Nursing Council?
CGFNS will send all the documents you have provided directly to the Nursing Council.
Do I need to complete a criminal record check?
Yes. The Nursing Council will tell you how and when to do this.
Can I withdraw my application?
You can withdraw your application at any stage. However, all fees you have paid are non-refundable.