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 30 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
Can I apply for an ELA waiver?
If you completed your nursing education and are registered as a nurse in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada or the United States of America, you can request a waiver of the English language standard. If you have registered and practised in one of the above countries and you had to complete an English language test to gain registration, you may also apply for a waiver of the English language standard.
As part of your request to CGFNS to have your credentials verified you will be able to request a waiver, and the Council will then make a decision.
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.