Competency Assessment Programme​

We facilitate a higly reputable, fully accredited Nursing Council of New Zealand, Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) for internationally qualified nurses looking to register in NZ.

Covid-19 Information

We know there is a lot of uncertainty and misinformation about COVID-19. Stay up to date with all the information you need to navigate these tricky times by visiting our website regularly.

Elders are our teachers

We are proud to be part of a community which acknowledges our Residents as our greatest teachers. Our experienced trainers and support team are here to guide you through your CAP journey.

Our 2021 Intakes are open to all International and Domestic Applicants

Our Competency Assessment Programme is so popular we often fill up classes months in advance so get in quick to secure your spot on this prestigious course. We look forward to hearing from you.

Course Details

CAP will turn your dreams of becoming a New Zealand Registered Nurse into a reality. Your experience with us will be full of learning and laughter. We are proud of our people, the quality of care they provide and the amount of heart they bring to work each day. Our truly unique character has to be experienced to be believed so apply now to kick start the next chapter of your career. 

This course courses a number of topics including legislation, code of conduct, consumers rights, challenging behaviours, cultural safety, the Treaty of Waitangi, Maori health, CPR & first aid, infection control and wound management… and that’s just to name a few!

Yes, our Competency Assessment Programme is accredited by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. We are 1 of 20 providers across the country which offer this unique programme. The course also includes CPR and first aid accreditation.

You will complete 4 weeks of practical placement, working on a rotating roster of morning and afternoon shifts. At minimum, you will complete 160 hours of hands-on training so you can put your theory and classroom learning to the test. 

The programme runs for 6 weeks total in Christchurch, New Zealand.

We have limited accommodation available on site for some CAP nurses, click here to learn more. Alternatively, our team will provide you with information about local accommodation.

This course has been designed for internationally qualified Nurses, looking to become a Registered Nurse in New Zealand. This course is also suitable for NZRNs who have been out of the workforce for over 5 years and would like to regain their Annual Practicing Certificate.

You must be an internationally qualified Nurse to apply. The Nursing Council of New Zealand will review your qualification to make sure it is comparable to a Bachelor of Nursing degree in New Zealand.

A minimum of 4 years clinical experience as a Registered Nurse is required. This experience must be in a clinical environment and occurred within the past 2 years. Please note experience as a volunteer nurse, nurse trainee, educator, support worker is not counted as clinical experience. 

Applying is easy! Print off the Application Form, complete this and scan to  along with your other documentation (see requirements below). An automatic reply is generated to reassure you that we have received your application. Please note that it can take between 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed. All applications are issued with a CAP candidate number so we can track the progress of your application at any time.

9 times a year, a new intake of 7 CAP Nurses start their training with us. Applications don’t close at a specific time or date but when a class is full, we no longer accept applications for that particular intake. Get in quick, our classes fill up fast!

The course costs a one-off fee of $10,500 inclusive of GST. This includes all theory and clinical components, CPR and first aid certification, course materials, MRSA testing, NZNO professional indemnity insurance, unlimited WiFi, on-site gym and your graduation ceremony

We thought you may wonder about that! Click here for information on Covid-19 in New Zealand. 

Immigration New Zealand are currently considering visa applications  for internationally qualified nurses with an invitation to come to New Zealand from the New Zealand Nurses Council and verified enrolment in a Competence Assessment Programme which starts before 31 December 2020.  Click here for more information.

On arrival to New Zealand you will be placed in Managed Isolation for a minimum of 14 days.  Please note that this will be at your own cost. 

Our team will provide you with information about local accommodation and other helpful advice on how you can safely navigate this time. 

Further to this we will also advise you about what would happen if you were to become unwell while you are completing the course.

Our next intake starts soon!


Don't miss out, apply for an upcoming intake now!

We are no longer accepting applications for the below intakes

25 Jan – 7 Mar 2021

1 Mar – 11 Apr 2021

29 Mar – 9 May 2021

We are accepting applications for the below intakes now

10 May – 20 Jun 2021

Get ready, the application process will open for these intakes soon

14 Jun – 25 July 2021


Useful Links & Resources

What you need when applying

Nursing Council

You will need a copy of your Nursing Council of New Zealand Competency Assessment Programme acceptance letter

Application Form

Remember the Rannerdale application form is different to the Nursing Council application form, don't forget to complete both forms


A copy of your valid passport is required and if you are already living and working in New Zealand, a copy of your visa as well

IELTs or OET Results

You will need to provide your IELTs or OET results. Please note we do not currently accept clubbed results at Rannerdale

Your Resume

Your resume should provide details on your Bachelor Degree in Nursing, any other qualifications and all relevant experience

Employment Letter

A letter from your most recent employer is required, this should outline your role, responsibilities and performance

Say hello to your CAP Trainers

Charmaine Diver

Chief Executive Officer


Char is a driver of organisational change, an advocate for our Elders and a passionate believer in learning at all stages of life.  Char has coordinated the CAP programme at Rannerdale since 2016.

Lizalee Andoy

Learning & Dev. Manager


Liz is an inspiring example of how this programme can change lives. Originally from the Phillipines, Liz completed CAP with us and is now our Learning & Dev Manager, and has been part of the CAP team since 2017.

Angela Burwell

Learning & Dev. Administrator


Angela works behind the scenes to make sure every application is thoroughly reviewed and each CAP nurse has everything they need to succeed with us.