Language Proficiency

  1. You will have to demonstrate your ability to read, write, listen and speak in the English language through the submission of language proficiency test results from an approved testing vendor, barring certain exemption requests (see below).
  2. If you are not exempt, you must schedule yourself for approved English language proficiency tests with approved testing vendors. The approved testing vendors are:
    1. Occupational English Test (OET)- On Paper
    2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)-Academic Module Only
  3. Non-exempt IQNs must successfully complete an approved test no more than two years and 11 months prior to the submission of the Credentials Verification Service report to NCNZ. Because of the time it may take to complete your CVS-NCNZ, we recommend you avoid sending test results that are over one year old.
  4. The required minimum scores for the approved tests are:
    1. Occupational English Test (OET)- On Paper
      1. For results prior to August 2018: you must achieve a minimum score of a ‘B’ for each band: reading, writing, listening and speaking. A ‘C+’ is not considered a pass.
      2. For results after September 2018: you must achieve a minimum score of 350 for each band: reading, writing, listening and speaking. A ‘C+’ (300 – 340) is not considered a pass.
    2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)-Academic Module
      1. You must achieve a minimum score of 7 for each band: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Passing scores on the individual sections of the tests can be combined if taken within 12 months of each other. Passing sections from different testing vendors cannot combine. For more information, view the complete standards on the NCNZ website.

Exemption Rules

A waiver is an alternative means to demonstrate English language proficiency and is at the sole discretion of the Council. Eligibility for an English language test waiver is assessed on an individual basis.

You may request a waiver of the above English language testing if one or more of the following applies.

Nursing Qualification

Your education that led to registration as a nurse was taught and examined in English in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Ireland, Canada, or the United States of America.

The Council may require you to provide evidence that you completed your nursing education in English; for example, a transcript from your education provider.

OR

Nursing Registration

You have current nursing registration in the UK, Singapore, Ireland, Canada or the USA that required you to demonstrate English Language proficiency

The Council may require you to provide evidence that demonstrates you have completed an English language test to gain registration in another predominantly English-speaking country.

If your CGFNS application meets the criteria for an English language waiver you will be invited to apply for a waiver.

Each waiver is assessed on an individual basis and the waiver is provided at the sole discretion of the Council. Please note this may extend the assessment timeframes. If the waiver is declined, you will be required to pass an approved English language test.

If CGFNS does not receive passing English Proficiency Testing results within a year of your application, and you are not eligible to apply for an English Language Proficiency Waiver, your order will expire.

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