The Board of Care is particularly pedantic in the presentation of documents. One of the main problems faced by candidates is that their application and documentation are not properly certified notarized. Make sure that ALL photocopies of original documents (such as passports, diplomas/diplomas, transcripts, marriage/birth certificates, etc.) are properly certified. The nurses` board of directors clearly indicates who has the right to certify these documents in a notarized manner and how to do so. In most cases, this must be done by a lawyer or justice of the peace. You cannot send documents by fax or e-mail to the Nurses` Chamber. All documents must be original or certified. People who wish to work in New Zealand in care professions must go through the three steps below. Please also check the visa information at the end of the page. (The procedure for nurses currently registered in Australia is slightly different – see below).
If your secondary nursing training was not taught in English, you must take an authorized English test. The preferred English test is the academic test. The test consists of four components reading, listening, writing and speaking. Visit PTE Academic or IELTS to find the nearest center and trial fee. If you do not meet the above criteria, you can still qualify for nursing work in New Zealand by completing a Competency Assessment (CAP) program. This is a period of supervised work experience, usually between 6 and 8 weeks, with a New Zealand medical institution. The CAP includes both theoretical and practical elements and you must pay a fee to the CAP provider. On the NZNC website you will find the list of approved CAP providers. It is your responsibility to arrange your cap placement and inform the NZNC. Anyone wishing to work in nursing in New Zealand must pass an international criminal examination for each country where they have lived for six months or more.
Please note that this is charged. Some employers may also require foreign workers to undergo a medical examination before a final offer of employment is made. To work as a Nurse Registered or midwife in Australia, you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. As of July 1, 2010, a National Board of Directors will terminate each national care service and process all applications. Here you will find all the information you need about the role and functions of the board, the application forms and how you apply, why you need to be registered, the fees and renewal dates. It is essential that you apply as soon as possible for your Australian registration (we advise you to do so now, even if you do not have a job offer). Nurses and midwives already registered in Australia are much more attractive to potential employers. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board now requires all internationally qualified applicants who apply for the registration of English language skills (at the international level, anyone who has completed their first nursing and/or midwifery training outside of Australia or New Zealand). Nurses who are currently registered in Australia can apply for a nursing job in New Zealand in accordance with the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act (TTMR).
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