Nurses who have gained registration or enrolment
in countries other than New Zealand must apply to
the Nursing Council of New Zealand for admission to
the register before being able to practice in New
The Nursing Council of New Zealand is a statutory
authority. It governs the practice of nurses. The
Council sets and monitors standards in the interests
of the public and the professions.
To work as a registered nurse in New Zealand,
your qualification must be assessed by the Nursing
Council of New Zealand.
The Nursing Council assesses each applicant on an
Principle considerations for registration are:
- The applicant has undertaken a nursing
program that is similar in all specified content
and length to the equivalent program in New
Zealand, and is able to meet the competencies
for registration or enrolment.
- The applicant has practiced as a nurse
within the past five years.
- The applicant has supplied the Nursing
Council with evidence, obtained within the past
two years, of ability to speak and write in the
English language, when English is not the
applicant’s first language. Recognized tests are
CGNFS, IELTS, OET, or as part of a competency
Applicants who do not meet the requirements for
nursing registration may be required to undergo
further experience with instruction through a
Department of Nursing within a New Zealand
Information for overseas nurses: