Registered Nurse Competence Training Scheme

Study Options



6 weeks


Level 7


Do you have an overseas nursing qualification and want to achieve your Nursing Council of New Zealand registration? If so, then this is the programme for you.

This certificate delivers an accelerated refresher programme including nursing theory, health studies, social sciences, biological sciences, research and professional practice skills.

Successful completion of this certificate will allow you to practice in public and private hospitals, independent practices, midwifery, nursing education and other public health areas in New Zealand.


For two weeks you’ll study New Zealand Nursing Practice Theory on campus. Then you’ll spend four weeks completing the clinical components of the programme at either Hawke’s Bay Hospital or another approved healthcare organisation.

Extra clinical time may be required depending on your ability to achieve Nursing Council competencies in this timeframe.

So come in and have a chat about your study options with the staff at our Hawke’s Bay campus. Or, give us a call on +64 6 974 8902, or email us.


There are five entry dates per year:

  • January
  • April
  • June
  • August
  • October

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

When you successfully complete this certificate you’ll have the confidence and nursing knowledge required to work in the New Zealand health sector.


Entry requirements

International entry requirements

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus