Certificate of Achievement in Registered Nurse Competency to Practice (Level 7)

Who should attend

This course is designed for both New Zealand and overseas registered nurses who wish to gain an Annual Practising Certificate.

Course highlights

Are you a New Zealand registered nurse?

Do you want to obtain a current practicing certificate to work as a registered nurse in New Zealand?

If you have been out of practice for more than five years and you wish to return to nursing then this is the programme for you then this programme may be for you.

Are you a registered nurse overseas?

If you are an overseas registered nurse looking to obtain New Zealand registration this certificate prepares you to in a contemporary New Zealand health environment.

This programme provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge in order to demonstrate the ability to meet Nursing Council of New Zealand Registered Nurse Competencies.

This certificate is open to both New Zealand and overseas registered nurses.

Key facts

Start Date(s)

2021 intakes:
25 January - 16 April
31 May - 20 August
20 September - 10 December

Duration 12 weeks
Time 8.30am - 4.00pm (theory hours). Shift hours will apply to clinical practice.
Level 7
Study location(s) MIT Manukau
Study method Full-time
Domestic fees TBC
International fees (NZD) TBC
Course code TBC
Offered by School of Nursing

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

NZ Registered Nurses

Evidence of Registration as a Nurse with Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ)

Overseas Registered Nurses

Provide evidence of registration as a nurse in the applicant’s country of origin and must have completed the application for registration process with NCNZ and have received a decision letter outlining the requirements to be met.


All applicants are preferred to have a minimum of 2 years full-time equivalent work experience as a registered nurse. Entry may be granted by the Head of School for applicants who have had less than 2 years full-time equivalent work experience as a registered nurse but whose application indicates potential to succeed on the Certificate of Achievement. These applicants may require extra time to demonstrate competency and will be informed that this will incur an extra cost.


All applicants must produce evidence of their immune status in respect of the following: Hepatitis B antibody status, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chicken Pox, MRSA and Quantiferon gold.


All applicants must provide indemnity insurance cover prior to beginning the course.  This may be arranged through New Zealand Nurses Organisation, the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) Inc, or a private insurer of the applicants choice.  Note:  It is the personal responsibility of each applicant to arrange for indemnity insurance cover.


All applicants are required to declare all criminal or pending criminal convictions and undertake Police screening.


International students: English Language Entry Requirements

Overseas Registered Nurses must meet the English language requirements of both NZQA and the NCNZ applicable at the time of the application. For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules:


Refer to the NCNZ http://www.nursingcouncil.org.nz for information on the required IELTS or NCNZ requirements. Overseas Registered Nurses must provide a copy of the English evidence provided to Nursing Council

Note: All applicants will be required to complete an MIT School of Nursing application form which specifies work experience and preference for clinical placement.

Course structure

Content is structured around the four domains of the Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies for the registered nurse scope of practice. Theory and clinical learning and assessment apply.

All applicants must produce evidence of their immune status (relevant details will be made available).

Certificate of achievement in registered nurse competency to practice (15 credits)

This course will prepare you to meet the Nursing Council of New Zealand registered nurse competencies and practice effectively within the New Zealand context.

Competence assessment in clinical practice  (30 credits)

Demonstrate the Nursing Council of New Zealand registered nurse competencies for the registered nurse scope of practice.


Information is correct as at October 2019. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.