Competency Programme

The Competency Programme seeks to ensure nurses are safe to practice in New Zealand and is required to be undertaken by:
– Overseas Nurses directed to complete a competency-based programme in order to attain registration with the New Zealand Nursing Council.
– New Zealand Nurses returning to clinical practice after a five-year absence.

Rosebank Lifecare’s requirements prior to programme entry:

Overseas Applicants

1. Copy of the Nursing Council of New Zealand letter directing  them to complete a CAP, and indicating their type of registration

2. Evidence of pass result in a Nursing Council-approved English language assessment, maximum of 2 sittings only

3. Current Curriculum Vitae with references

4. Letter of application

5. Visa ( if you are residing in NZ currently)


  • 31st May – 14th July 2021 (All seats filled)
  • 2nd August – 15th September 2021 (All seats filled)
  • 4th October – 17th November 2021 (Two seats available)

Please note:

  • A maximum of three students only are enrolled per CAP course. There are four courses scheduled per year.
  • To be considered for placement on our course you must have had a minimum of three years adult general medical/general surgical postgraduate experience. If your experience is primarily in Operating Theatre/PICU/Paediatric/Obstetrics or Emergency nursing you may not be considered for placement.
  • If you have current experience in Aged Care in NZ your application may be considered once your references have been checked.
  • The course runs for a minimum of 6 weeks and 3 days depending on whether nursing competencies are met without extension being required. A maximum of 12 weeks to complete the course to standard can be negotiated.
  • Accommodation is not included in the course fee. This is organised independently by the student. Boarding recommendations are provided on acceptance on the course. Insurances are the responsibility of the student.
  • Rosebank is an Aged Care organisation that offers exclusive exposure to this health sector only. Due to the large number of applicants there is no guarantee that you will secure a position on our programme, therefore we advise you to continue to apply with the other CAP providers. If you have current experience in Aged Care in NZ your application may be considered once your references have been checked.

          For more information on the programme contact our staff educator at [email protected]  

Get in touch

03 308 0111
77 Walnut Ave, Ashburton 7700