NMC Registration Process

Complete your application form and send the original copy(not a photocopy), Photocopies of your supporting documents that are certified by an authorised party (any supporting documents that are not in English should be sent with a translation too).

Detailed Instructions on completing your application form and supporting documents are provided later in this section.

Note: If your application is not completed within 6 Months of the NMC sending you the form, you’ll have to start it again.

After sending documents, here’s how the process works:-

Step 1:

English Language Requirement

If you were trained in a country that is not classed as a native English-speaking country, you’ll need to either pass the IELTS, with an overall score of at least 7, or the Occupational English Test (OET).

Step 2:

Part 1 test of competence (CBT)

The test of competence (CBT) is based on standards for adult (general) nursing, children’s nursing, learning disabilities nursing, mental health nursing and midwifery. They cover professional values, communication, nursing decision-making and leadership.

Once you have passed the eligibility assessment, you will be asked to sit the first part of the test of competence. This will be a computer-based test of theoretical practice-based knowledge. The test format will be multiple choice and can be taken in test centres around the world. You will need to register with Pearson VUE, the test provider, to book and pay for the test.

The assessment

You will need to provide the following evidence in order for the NMC to complete an assessment:

  • a valid passport – this same document must also be presented at the OSCE test centre
  • birth certificate
  • a qualification certificate for each qualification being submitted as part of the application
  • registration certificates from each jurisdiction where you have practised and/or been registered – if your country operates
    state registration, you will need to have registered in each state where you have practised
  • Two employment references confirming you have at least 12 months post-registration practice, your competence and character
  • Verifications from all jurisdictions where you have practised or where you have been previously registered
  • Transcript of training for all relevant nursing or midwifery programmes completed by yourself. These must be calculated in hours or be
    accompanied by a letter from the training institution with a key to how the credits translate to hours
  • A good health declaration from your general practitioner or the occupational health department at your place of work
  • For every overseas country in which you have lived for more than three months, you will need to provide a police clearance certificate. If you have lived in the UK for more than three months, you will need to provide the NMC with a standard level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate

Once the NMC have completed your assessment and have confirmed you have met the minimum requirements to progress onto part 2 test of competence, you will be issued with an NMC decision letter.

Step 3:

Part 2 test of competence (OSCE)

The second part of the test is the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). This can only be taken once in the UK at any of the NMC approved university test centres. The test involves acting out scenarios which nurses and midwives are likely to encounter when they assess, plan, carry out and evaluate care. Each separate clinical examination is known as a ‘station’ and you will visit all the stations within a set time.

Each of the six stations has standardised marking criteria against which you are assessed. You will be assessed by a panel of examiners and will be filmed for quality assurance purposes.

Step 4:

Admission onto the NMC register

Once you have successfully passed part 2 test of competence (OSCE), and have paid your registration fee you will receive your NMC pin in the post.

(2) Instructions on completing your NMC application form 

  • Your candidate ID number must be stated on the form
  • All signatures must be identical across the application form, otherwise, it will be rejected by the NMC, delaying the process

Section 1: Proof of Identification

  • Passport – should have at least one-year validity remaining.
  • Birth Certificate – all the details on the birth certificate must be clear. If not,  get an official transcription of the records archived on the birth register at the time of your birth.
  • CV showing your full employment history from your nursing qualification until now. Any gaps between you have in your CV will have to be explained on the CV. Your CV will need to be check by myself before you upload it. You will be given further instructions when the CV is ready to upload.

All these documents will be uploaded to your online application.

Section 2: Professional Education and training

  • Qualification Certificate – this must be uploaded on your online portal.
  • NMC Form to Accompany Transcript of Training – this is completed by your university and must be couriered to the NMC. Your university should attach your TOR and you RLE to the form which must have your theoretical and clinical studies in clock hours separately.
  • Any other qualification you include in addition to your nursing qualification will result in new FATTs’ being generated which should be submitted to the NMC.

Section 3: Post-qualification Registration

  • Registration Certificate –Registration Authority Certificate for every country you have worked in as a nurse. This must be uploaded on your online application.
  • NMC Registration Authority Verification – This is to be completed by the Registration Authority nominated on the online application and must be couriered to the NMC. This must be submitted to the NMC within 3 months of the date on the form.
  • NBI / Police check – This must be uploaded and submitted within 3 months of the issue date. Please let us know if you are required to provide police clearances from outside the Philippines and we will advise accordingly. These must be uploaded on your online application and must be submitted within 3 months of the issue date.
  • Any practice that is unregistered will have to be evidenced on your online application and with the completion of the Registration Restrictions Verification Form – If you have unregistered practice please inform your HCL consultant so you can be advised correctly.

Section 4: Work Experience

Both referees must have supervised your work for a minimum of 12 months to meet the threshold of experience required form NMC. These referees must clearly be in a senior position to you. All your references can be provided by the same employer if you have worked in only one institution.

  • Reference Form 1 – current employer
  • Reference Form 2 – former employer

Good Character and Good Health

  • Declaration of Good Health- this is completed by a physician who will determine your health condition to work. This must be submitted within 3 months of the issue date.

3. How to certify documents

The document copies you send should be certified, as with their translations. This means someone in a position of authority must confirm they have seen the original documents.

An appropriate person would be:

  • A legal practitioner (solicitor, lawyer)
  • A public notary
  • The competent nursing/midwifery/regulatory authority in your country of training
  • An official who is authorised to certify documents from an embassy or consulate
  • A police officer
  • A justice of the peace
  • The office of mayor (when authorised to do so)
  • A member of the UK or Scottish parliaments or a member of the Welsh or Northern Ireland assemblies.

In addition, the NMC accept the certification of the following identification documents from the UK Post Office identity checking service:

  • Passport
  • Birth certificates or marriage certificates

The person of authority must sign, state their position, stamp and date the certified copy.

Note: all certified documents must be a photocopy of the original document, not a fax or a copy of a photocopy.

How to certify translations

All documents in any language other than English must be accompanied by an English translation, including the use of the English alphabet.

Translations must be from a legally licensed and authorised translator, and the translator must confirm in writing that the translation is an exact and direct translation from the original language into English.

The translator’s full name, address, signature and contact details must also be provided.