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 Practicing 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.
8 Weeks Full-time
*Approximate full qualification tuition fee
*Approximate full qualification tuition fee
What You Study
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.
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
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This programme includes ten days of theory followed by 240 hours (six weeks) in clinical practice. Otago Polytechnic will organise your clinical placement provider (predominantly in Dunedin or the Otago region).
Five weeks is the minimum duration, eight weeks the maximum, for successful completion of the theory and clinical courses.
The Nursing Council allows one re-enrolment for the clinical course if you are unsuccessful. Candidates will need to anticipate studying in evenings and weekends to be successful in the theoretical component.
All New Zealand registered nurses who meet the requirements of the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) will be accepted into this programme. However, acceptance is dependent on the availability of places in the requested intake.
If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.
For enquiries about requirements for obtaining an Annual Practicing Certificate, please contact the Nursing Council of New Zealand (Te Kaunihera Tapuhi o Aotearoa).
PO Box 9644, Wellington,
Phone +64 4 385 9589
Health and immunisation status
You must be physically and psychologically able to engage in diverse clinical nursing practice in New Zealand, including acute hospital, community and mental health settings during this programme.
Covid-19 vaccination information
You don’t need to supply evidence of your Covid-19 vaccination status to apply for this programme. However, most placement providers will require evidence from you that you are fully vaccinated before allowing you to complete a placement at their organisation. Placements are an integral part of this programme and you’ll need to complete these to be able to successfully achieve your qualification.
Risks and immunisation status
Clinical Placement Providers require Otago Polytechnic to hold documentary evidence (ie a copy of current laboratory results) of your immune status and vaccination history for certain diseases before commencement of program. This information may be shared as necessary with clinical placement providers. The infectious diseases which we are required to hold immune status information for include:
You are required to provide recent lab blood-test results that outline your current immune status in relation to the above infectious diseases. Immune status can only be ascertained by blood test. These are mandatory tests required for applications to be considered – it does not guarantee acceptance into the competence assessment program.
Please also provide a copy of your immunisation record with your application documents and your blood test results.
Lab results must be in English and on official laboratory results forms. Quantiferon results should be from within the past 12 months.
MRSA (nasal swab) is only required if applicants have previously tested positive for MRSA.
There is a maximum number of students accepted per intake. Once each intake has been filled, qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist and notified of their status.
The tuition fees shown above are approximate only. There may be a slight fee increase per year once Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) rules and guidelines are applied. These fees also don’t include additional costs or living costs.
In addition to your tuition fees you will be charged an admin fee of $300.
You are also responsible for clinical costs such as transport and accommodation.
Student Services Fee
For most students, your tuition fee shown above includes a Student Services Fee – also known as the Student Levy. This compulsory fee covers your access to the student services we offer. This cost is tailored depending on how you're studying.
Completing your application
You can enter information and upload documents directly into the application form. You may wish to prepare some of the required documentation beforehand.
To begin your application, click the Apply button at the top of this page.
You will need to provide:
You will also need to attend an interview as part of the application process. We will contact you to arrange this.
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