Registered Nurse Competence Training Scheme (for overseas registered nurses)

Study Options



7 weeks


Level 7

Refresh your rewarding career

The Registered Nurse Competence Training Scheme is a full-time, seven week programme that provides a pathway to your professional qualification in nursing. The programme meets the Nursing Council of New Zealand’s requirements for overseas registered nurses who wish to gain New Zealand registration or for New Zealand registered nurses who want to return to practice.


The Registered Nurse Competence Training Scheme is a Level 7 programme, consisting of two theory weeks and five weeks of practicum. The programme delivery has a mixture of classroom and online teaching.

The aim of the programme is to support registered nurses wanting to obtain New Zealand registration by achieving Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies for the Registered Nurse Scope of Practice.

Each student is provided with guidance and support while studying. In particular, the programme is designed to:

  • Provide an understanding of the New Zealand health care system.
  • Provide an understanding of cultural safety in nursing.
  • Provide an understanding of the statutes and regulations impacting on the practice of nurses in New Zealand.
  • Facilitate appropriate guided clinical placements.
  • Provide overseas registered nurses with a Competence Assessment Programme that meets the registration requirements of the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
  • Provide a pathway to assist New Zealand registered nurses to return to clinical practice.

In the download application pack you will find information about the programme, descriptions of each of the subjects covered and forms required to be submitted with your application.

You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff and to view our facilities.

If you require any further assistance or information at any time please do not hesitate to contact our staff.


There are three entry dates per year:

  • January
  • June
  • October


Your future career and study opportunities

This programme is designed to enable graduates to enter practice with a sound knowledge base of nursing theory and practice within the New Zealand health care context. Nursing is a professional practice that is an essential part of health care. Nurses are expected to be able to work autonomously and within the multidisciplinary team in a wide range of settings.

Possible jobs and career opportunities can include:

  • Public and private hospitals
  • Mental health
  • Tamariki Ora / Plunket (Well Child Health)
  • Independent practice
  • Public health
  • Nursing education
  • Maternity
  • Elder health
  • Occupational health
  • Nurse prescriber
  • Nurse practitioner

Employment can be obtained both in New Zealand and overseas.


Entry requirements

Immunological and serology requirements

English language 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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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.