New Zealand registered and enrolled nurses who have been out of practice for five years or more are required under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 to complete a competence assessment programme before they can be issued with a practising certificate.
If you have been out of nursing for less than five years, please see Returning to practice for more information.
If you are an internationally qualified nurse who wishes to gain registration as a nurse in New Zealand, please see International registration for more information.
Competency assessment programmes are offered by Council-accredited providers, including schools of nursing, district health boards and other health service providers. See the list in the downloads box on the right of this page.