Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) for New Zealand Registered Nurses

The perfect option if you’re a New Zealand Registered Nurse who needs a Competency Assessment Programme to obtain a current Annual Practising Certificate. Gain the most up-to-date skills and knowledge required to be part of a healthcare team in New Zealand during this theoretical and applied programme. The theory courses may also be used for professional development purposes and you can enrol in one or both of these.

About the programme

Are you a New Zealand registered nurse who requires a Competency Assessment Programme to obtain a current Annual Practising Certificate?

Gain the most up-to-date skills and knowledge required to be part of a healthcare team in New Zealand during this theoretical and applied programme.

The theory courses can also be used for professional development purposes and you may enrol in one or both of these. 

Delivered through face-to-face and online learning, and 10 days in theoretical skill-based study, you'll also complete clinical practice hours.

This programme is not available for international students. If you're an internationally-registered nurse, see this page.

Courses

Course Description Credits Level
Theory: BN721001: Contemporary Nursing Practice in New Zealand 

The aim of this course is to enable learners to meet selected registered nurse competencies through updating their health assessment and fundamental nursing skills. 

10 7
Clinical: BN722001: Professional Assessment: Clinical Practicum

This clinical course commences immediately after the two theory courses. Through work-based learning, orientate yourself to nursing practice in New Zealand and demonstrate your ability to meet the Nursing Council Registered Nurses Competencies. Successful completion of this course, as well as the theory courses, will mean you are able to apply for registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand. If you do not achieve the competencies by the end of the clinical course, you may apply to re-enrol. This course involves 240 hours of full-time rostered duties at an approved clinical provider.

30  7

Upon successful completion of this programme, you'll achieve the Certificate in Professional Practice for Registered Nurses.

You will need to demonstrate the ability to meet Competencies for registered nurses (Nursing Council of New Zealand, 2007) to be eligible for an Annual Practising Certificate.

Clinical placements

Otago Polytechnic has clinical placements around New Zealand and you may be placed in a clinical facility outside Dunedin. Candidate preferences will be taken into account by the Programme Leader.

Further study options

Advance your skills and increase your career prospects with postgraduate Nursing studies in New Zealand.

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic 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. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.