Registered Nurse Competence Training Scheme (for NZ registered nurses)

Study Options



7 weeks


Level 7

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Has your nursing qualification lapsed? Is it time to update your knowledge and skills for a successful return to nursing? If so, this is the certificate 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 return to practice in public and private hospitals, independent practices, midwifery, nursing education and other public health areas.


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.

Come in and have a chat about your study options with the staff at our Hawke’s Bay campus. Or, simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.


There are four entry dates per year:

  • January
  • May
  • July
  • September

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

When you successfully complete this certificate you’ll have the confidence and nursing knowledge required to return to your career in nursing.


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.

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Hawke’s Bay Campus



EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.