Certificate in Nursing (Competency Assessment Programme)
Do you need to get a New Zealand practising certificate? The Certificate in Nursing (Competence Assessment Programme) can help you complete this.
New Zealand nurses returning to practice after a period of five years or more are required to complete an approved competence assessment programme, such as this programme, before a practising certificate may be issued.
If you are a registered nurse, this programme will allow you to demonstrate your ability to meet the Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies for your scope of practice.
If you are an overseas nurse, you may be required to complete this programme before you can become registered in New Zealand.
What You will Learn
This programme will take six to twelve weeks and will involve up to 10 days of classroom and self-directed learning and five to ten weeks of supervised clinical placements.
You will learn content that ensures you are able to demonstrate current and competent nursing skills within your scope of nursing practice. This includes a theory component that is specific to New Zealand’s health context such as an understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi, cultural safety and the legislation and guidelines for the practice of nursing in New Zealand.
You will undertake a period of supervised clinical experience that will allow you to demonstrate your nursing competence.
The Certificate in Nursing (Competence Assessment Programme) may allow you to apply for a practicing certificate from the Nursing Council of New Zealand or if from overseas will allow you to be eligible to apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand for registration and a practicing certificate to work in New Zealand as a nurse.
New Zealand Nurses
New Zealand registered nurses and registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Applicants with New Zealand nursing qualifications who are required by Nursing Council of New Zealand to complete the competency programme to apply for a current practising certificate may also be admitted to the programme.
Applicants are required to provide evidence of any health issues, mental or physical conditions, or criminal history that may prevent their entry onto the Nursing Register.Overseas Nurses
Overseas registered nurses wishing to gain New Zealand Nursing Registration must have completed the application for registration process with the NCNZ and have received a decision letter outlining the requirements to be met to verify competency and New Zealand relevant skills.
Applicants from a country where English is not the first or native language will need to provide evidence, obtained within two years from the date of assessment for registration, of their ability to speak and write in English. The Nursing Council of New Zealand approved language tests for this programme are:
- Academic International English language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of at least 7.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking respectively
- Occupational English test (OET) with minimum B band in each section.
Applicants must also be able to demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively to practise within their scope of practice.
To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.
Your first day
Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.
Students starting May 2021
Date: Monday 10 May 2021
Venue: Room to be confirmed, City Campus
Students starting October 2021
Date: Monday 11 October 2021
Venue: Room to be confirmed, City Campus
Please bring a pen, paper, and two ID documents (original or verified) required for VCA. These can be a Passport, New Zealand birth certificate, driver or firearms licences. Please bring evidence of name change if applicable, eg marriage certificate.
What you will need
Clinical placement and uniform - Clinical practice will commence on 31 May 2021 - July 2021 and 1 November - December 2021. It is expected that practice will cover all shifts of the twenty-four hour period over seven days of the week.
The clinical uniform is a white shirt/blouse with a tidy/dress dark blue or black trousers and matching shoes. You will be required to wear your student ID card at all times in clinical practice.
Costs associated with travel and accommodation are your responsibility.
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He reo pōwhiri - Your official welcome to Wintec
Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.
You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.
Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.
Paying for your study
If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:
New Zealand-based suppliers
General book suppliers
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Prospectus (course guide)
The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.
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