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Competence assessment programmes

New Zealand registered and enrolled nurses who have been out of practice for five years or more are required under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 to complete a competence assessment programme before they can be issued with a practising certificate.

If you have been out of nursing for less than five years, please see Returning to Practice page for more information.

If you are an internationally qualified nurse who applied to the Nursing Council to become registered before 04 December 2023, and you are required to successfully complete a competence assessment programme, please read the CAP standards and programmes in the Downloads section.

These outline what standards are expected of the CAP programmes and where they are offered. The competency assessment programmes are offered by Council-accredited providers and include schools of nursing, district health boards, and other health service providers.


Competence assessment programmes

Approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand

Apply directly to the Council-accredited CAP providers listed below. Download printable list


Avatar Institute of Learning



(06) 755 0558

Eastern Institute of Technology, Te Aho A Māui, Te Pūkenga



(06) 974 8000

Lonsdale Education Centre



[email protected]

(06) 399 2058

Manukau Institute of Technology, Te Pūkenga



(09) 968 8736

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Te Whare Wānanga o Te Tauihu o Te Waka a Māui, Te Pūkenga



(03) 546 2472

Northland Polytechnic, Tai Tokerau Wānanga, Te Pūkenga



(09) 470 3555

Oceania Group

Wesley Institute of Nursing Education


Wesley Institute of Nursing Education

(09) 630 5173

Otago Polytechnic, Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, Te Pūkenga



(03) 477 3014

Presbyterian Support Central Enliven  

Enliven’s Competency Assessment Programme

email: [email protected]

0508 36 54 83

Qestral Corporation Limited



email: [email protected]

(03) 983 1100 

Rosebank Lifecare



email: [email protected]

(03) 308 0111

Royal New Zealand Plunket Trust (Only available for successful applicants for job vacancies)


Our accreditations » Whānau Āwhina Plunket

email: [email protected]

Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Waitematā


(09) 486 8900

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Te Pūkenga



(07) 346 8999

UCOL, Te Pae Mātauranga ki te Ao, Universal College of Learning, Te Pūkenga



(06) 952 7000

UNITEC New Zealand, Te Pūkenga



(09) 849 4180

Wintec, Te Pūkenga



(07) 834 8888

Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, Te Pūkenga



0800 948 869