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Waitemata District Health Board

Recruitment Centre

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Return To Nursing/Competency Assessment Programme (CAP)

Waitemata DHB is an accredited provider of the New Zealand Nursing Council's Competency Assessment Programme. This programme is for Nursing Council approved applicants seeking to obtain New Zealand nursing registration.

It is aimed at nurses who already hold Nursing Council of New Zealand registration and a previous APC and is seeking to return to practice, and who also has been out of nursing practice for five years or more.

The programme is offered once a year - starting in May.


Programme NZ$500

WDHB Health Screening NZ$100

How long is the CAP programme? 8-12 weeks


The theoretical component is delivered during study days

  • The study days are in the form of informational evidence-based  sessions, workshops and skill stations based on the course content as outlined.
  • Clinical issues and questions are facilitated in the weekly study days or in discussion with the Nurse Consultant – Nursing Workforce Development and with the Nurse Educator for the area.

Clinical Learning:-


 The participants must undertake a minimum of 200 clinical hours

  • Minimum requirement is 3 clinical days per week, allowing for the course to be easily completed in 8 weeks and to ensure the course is completed within 12 weeks as required by NCNZ.

To meet the criteria for the programme:-

  • You must have not less than one years experience as a Registered Nurse and should have been out of practice less than 12 years (in preference although each application is taken on merit)
  • Successfully complete health screening and criminal vetting processes


Application Process:-

Applications for the May 2015 intake

  •   open 1st November  2014
  •   close 13th February    2015

No applications will be accepted prior to this date

  • Proof of Identification
      (Photo Identification – certified)
  1. Passport (resident or non-resident) or
  2. Birth certificate (if born inNew Zealand)
    with New Zealand drivers license.
  •   Curriculum Vitae     
  • Cover letter


New Application form attached                




For more information please contact

Jacquelyn Finch – Nursing Development - Jacquelyn.finch@waitematadhb.govt.nz Or call her on 021 241 9510.



  •       Send hard copy to:

          Nursing Development Service,
          Waitemata DHB
          Private Bag 93-503 

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