Registered Nurse Competence (Level 7)

Competency Assessment Programme (CAP)

Auckland, Whangarei
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Applications are now open. Programme availability may be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.

Who is this for

This programme is for you if you are:

  • An Internationally Qualified Nurse - Meet competence requirements to register to practice in New Zealand.

  • Returning to Nursing - You were registered in New Zealand but you have been out of practice for 5 years or more.

About this programme

This Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) enables registered nurses to meet competence requirements of the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Graduates can apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand for a New Zealand Registered Nurse Practising Certificate, and can work in all healthcare settings.

This flexible course consists of 2 weeks theory and up to 6 weeks clinical. Students must attend class for 2 compulsory days in the 2 week theory component. 

What you will learn

You will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in the Nursing Council of New Zealand required domains of professional responsibility, management of nursing care, interpersonal relationships, inter-professional health care and quality improvement

  • Apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand for a New Zealand Registered Nurse practising certificate

Preceptors and clinical teachers provide one to one support in clinical placements and online.

Courses in this programme

Compulsory Courses Level Credits
719.701 - Returning to Practice: Registered Nurse 7 15
719.702 - Nursing Practice: Clinical 7 30

Career options

  • Registered Nurse

  • Able to work in all healthcare settings

  • Supervise the work of Enrolled Nurses and Health Care Assistants

  • May be eligible to enrol in postgraduate studies

Entry Requirements

New Zealand Applicants

Prior to enrolment all New Zealand applicants must have a registration number from NCNZ. It is recommended that the Nursing Council is contacted prior to enrolment to confirm requirements for maintaining individual practicing certificate.

International Applicants

Prior to enrolment all international applicants must contact the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) to obtain a letter from NCNZ giving directions to the individual applicant regarding English language and competence requirements. International applicants should contact the International Office.

All Applicants

All applicants will be required to disclose any previous criminal convictions, any charges awaiting hearing and declare any health issues that are likely to impact on their ability to undertake the course at the time of application. Successful applicants will need to provide a clearance from the Ministry of Justice’s computer systems.

All applicants will be required to provide the names and contact details of 2 people who are prepared to act as confidential referees.

COVID-19 Vaccination
At present, in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, it's highly recommended that you are vaccinated against Covid-19 if you want to apply for this programme. All health sector organisations engaging health care workers have obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to take all reasonable steps to eliminate, or otherwise control, the risk of Covid-19 transmission in the workplace. The New Zealand Government has mandated the vaccine for frontline health care workers. Many of the health care providers we work with are requiring their staff, including any students on placement, to be vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination.  As more providers follow suit, if you are unvaccinated or if you choose not to disclose whether or not you are vaccinated, or to provide evidence if asked, this will have an impact on healthcare placements that are allocated to you as part of your undergraduate health programme and will have an impact on you being able to successfully complete the programme.

Whangārei Applicants

Places on this course are very limited, and preference is given to applicants living in the Northland area.

Qualification gained

Record of Attainment

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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Flexible - 8 weeks minimum

Start Dates

Auckland: 26 Oct 2021
17 Jan 2022
28 Mar 2022
7 Jun 2022
15 Aug 2022
25 Oct 2022

Whangarei: 18 Oct 2021
7 Feb 2022
30 May 2022
17 Oct 2022

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $2,047.22

International: Price on application

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Phone 0800 162 100
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