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

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be a New Zealand Registered Nurse or an internationally qualified nurse with the appropriate documentation (see Additional Requirements on our website, witt.ac.nz) and have at least one year of employment as a Registered Nurse.
 
Internationally qualified nurses please note: this programme will accept internationally qualified nurses who currently hold an approved registration in a country other than New Zealand. Internationally qualified nurses require a current visa or other evidence of right to study in New Zealand, with the appropriate letter to allow entry to the clinical workplace. 

Internationally qualified nurses must:

  • hold an approved registration in a country other than New Zealand;
  • have a letter from the Nursing Council approving their qualification and documenting the English, theoretical and practical requirements that they must meet in order to gain registration in New Zealand;
  • have a current visa or other evidence of right to study in New Zealand with the appropriate letter to allow entry to the clinical workplace and
  • If from a non-English speaking background meet the English requirements below
  • In order to participate in the clinical components of the programme, you must meet various Health Authority requirements. Currently, MRSA clearance is required by clinical practice areas.

Special Admission Criteria

English Language requirements

  • IELTS Academic Requirements – 7.0 Overall
    (Speaking 7.0; Reading 7.0; Writing 7.0; Listening 7.0)
  • IELTS scores are valid for two years from the date of the test
     

Consent to Disclosure of Information

  Successful applicants will be required to:

  • Complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form depending on their placement. The form will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of School.  Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.
  • Provide two referee reports (one must be from your most recent employer who is required to attest to your ability to communicate and comprehend safely in English).

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.

Offering institute

This qualification is offered by WITT.

From 2023, WITT and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Please note that all programmes offered by WITT and other subsidiaries of Te Pūkenga are under review as part of the reform of vocational education training. This is to ensure they are portable, consistent, and aligned with the needs of industry. The programme, short course or micro-credential you have enrolled in may change over time.

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