Internationally Qualified Nurses

Culturally safe nursing practice

To help ensure all nurses in Aotearoa New Zealand have the knowledge and skills to provide culturally safe care, the Nursing Council
currently requires internationally qualified nurses to complete two free online courses*.

The two courses provide fundamental knowledge for culturally safe nursing practice and introduce Te Tiriti o Waitangi. They are:

1. Ngā Paerewa Te Tiriti Module 1

This course includes:

  • An introduction to Ngā Paerewa Health and Disability Service
  • An introduction to the articles and principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and how they apply to Ngā Paerewa
  • An explanation of equity, cultural safety and Te Ao Maori
  • An Introduction to Pae Ora Healthy Futures
  • An explanation of how Ngā Paerewa fits into Pae Ora

2. Foundations in Cultural Competence

This course includes:

  • What is Culture?
  • NZ History and Legislation
  • Making a difference to all patients
  • Health literacy

How to access the courses:


  • Create a profile
  • Log into your account
  • Search for and enrol in:
    • Ngā Paerewa Te Tiriti Module 1
    • Foundations in Cultural Competence

When you’ve completed the courses:

When you have successfully completed the short quiz at the end of each course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

You are encouraged to complete the two online courses as soon as possible to avoid any delays in your registration. Both certificates
must be provided to the Nursing Council via the MyIQN portal.

Once you have completed your application to NCNZ you can access your portal here.

You can supply the completed certificates via the progress/communication tab on your MyIQN portal prior to your registration.

*If you applied before 1 July 2023, you are strongly encouraged, but not required, to complete the two courses prior to registration.


  • If you have not received a registration email or a reset password email, check your email junk/spam folder
  • For lost or forgotten username and/or password, please follow the prompts on the login screen.
  • If you are unable to find the courses, please copy and paste the title of each course (Ngā Paerewa Module 1 and Foundations in
  • Cultural Competence) into the search function of learnonline
  • For technical queries, please log tickets by emailing: [email protected]