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.

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

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Flexible - 8 weeks minimum

Start Dates

Auckland: 7 Jun 2022
15 Aug 2022
25 Oct 2022

Whangarei: 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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