Competency Assessment Programme (CAP)

Competency Assessment Programme (CAP)

Obtain a current Annual Practicing Certificate to work as a registered nurse in New Zealand. This intensive programme comprises three weeks of theory and includes study in ethics, regulations in New Zealand, quality assurance, cultural safety and preparation for clinical practice and a practical clinical component which runs for six weeks.
This programme includes 3 weeks of theory and 6 weeks of clinical practice including assessments.  Applications are accepted subject to the availability of suitable clinical placement.

Return to Nursing Workforce Support Fund

If you are in work or have a pending nursing role your workplace or intended employer may be able to apply for funding towards your CAP study at WITT.

To qualify you must be

  • A NZ citizen, resident-class visa holder or have confirmed eligibility to apply for the 2021 Resident Visa.
  • An internationally qualified nurse who is currently working as a Health Care Assistant/Support worker for an ARC provider, DHB, or NGO, and is intending to work for the employer as a Registered Nurse.

Find out more here.

Entry Requirements

Career Options

After completion of the theory and clinical components and having successfully met the Nursing Council of New Zealand's competencies for registration, you may apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand for a current practicing certificate.

Changes for 2023 learners

On 1 November 2022, WITT and the programme you have enrolled in became part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology .
When you apply to study with WITT in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed.
Please note that all programmes offered by WITT and other subsidiaries of Te Pūkenga are under review. This is to make sure they are portable, consistent, and aligned with the needs of the industry to provide you with excellent and quality educational opportunities.

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