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Warning against submitting fraudulent application documents
It is a criminal offence in Ireland to make any false declarations or supply misleading information, for the purpose of obtaining registration.  It is also a criminal offence in Ireland if a person falsely represents to be a registered nurse or a registered midwife.

To learn more, please read Section 44 of the Nurses and Midwives Act, 2011.  If at any point in the application process we discover that any part of your application is fraudulent, we will not continue to process your application, and you may be prosecuted.


If you trained outside Ireland, then this page explains what documents we will need as part of your application.  However, you should only send us documents after you have received your full application pack. We will issue you with this pack once we have processed your Registration Application Request Form which is available on our Application Forms page.


To avoid delays in processing your application, you need to ensure that you provide all of the documents we require.  Once we have received and processed your completed Registration Application Form, we will send you a full application pack.

This pack includes:

  • Your reference number 
  • An application form for you to complete
  • Extra forms that need to be completed and sent directly to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) by a number of different relevant authorities, such as your current or previous employer and training colleges. 

The table below provides more details about the basic documentation we require:

Application documentsGroup 1Group 2Group 3
Application formYesYesYes
Certified name documentsYesYesYes
Fee YesYesYes
Photographs (x2)YesYesYes
Translations
(of any documents not in English)
YesYesYes
Form A + education transcript N/AYesYes
Form BN/AYesYes
Form C + Certificate of Current Professional Status (CCPS)YesYesYes
Form E + details of graduate programme N/AN/A*
Form P1 (prescribers applications only)N/AN/A*
Form P1 (prescribers applications only)N/AN/A*

The asterisk symbol (*) in the basic documents table means that you will find out in the group 3 section on this page see if we will need this as part of your application.

Do not send us any documents until you have received your full application pack.  Also, when you receive that pack, take care in completing the form and reading the declaration before you sign it.  Read the instructions carefully to understand what forms within the pack need to be completed by relevant authorities and sent directly to us.


Timeframe for submission of documents


We must receive all the application documentation needed to assess your application no later than 12 months after your application date.  Your "application date" is the date that we process your assessment fee.  If we have not received all the documents needed within this timeframe, your application will be closed. 

If you still want us to consider your application after 12 months, you will need to start the application process again.  This means making a new application and paying the assessment fee.

Documents to be sent directly from relevant authorities


This table summarises the forms within the full application pack that must be completed by relevant authorities.  It should be read along with other sections below to understand what is relevant to all non-Irish trained applicants and what are relevant only to Group 1, 2 or 3 applicants. 

Group  

Forms           
             

Relevant authorities

(must be sent directly from the following to NMBI)

2 & 3




A - Transcript




Where you completed your nursing or midwifery training and education programme.

Please note:
There is a specific Form A for each division of our Register
2 & 3




B - Reference




Where you are employed as a nurse or midwife.

Please note:
If you are in your current post for less than 12 months, we will need a second Form B from your previous employer
1, 2 & 3








C - Certificate of Current Professional Status
(CCPS)




Where you hold (and have previously held) nursing or midwifery registration.

Note for Group 1 applicants:
There are two competent authorities in some countries. One competent authority will confirm if your training meets EU Directive 2005/36/EC, while a different competent authority in the same country will confirm your good character.  If this is the case, we will need a CCPS from each competent authority.
3






E - Graduate Nursing or Midwifery Programme
(GNP or GMP)


Where you completed your supervised graduate nursing or midwifery programme.

Please note:
We do not need this form from all group 3 applicants. We only need it if you have completed a graduate nursing or midwifery programme.
Prescriber applicants onlyP1 - Employers reference (current)Where you are currently employed as a nurse or midwife in Republic of Ireland.  This employment must be in a clinical setting and for at least the last 12 months.
Prescriber applicants onlyP2 - Employers reference (previous)Where you were employed after your prescribing qualification.  This experience must be in a clinical setting and midwifery and of a duration of at least three years within the past five years

 

 

Items needed from all applicants


All applicants who trained outside of the Republic of Ireland must provide six separate items, irrespective of where they trained.

1. Completed application form


Within the full application pack, you will receive an application form for completion.  Please read this form carefully before completing it. Please make sure all parts of the application form are completed in full. They should be stamped and signed where indicated.You must complete Section 1 of the application form and return it to NMBI with the following documents:

2. Passport

 

You must send us a certified photocopy of your current passport. Find out more about what a certified copy is on our FAQ page.  We will only need a certified copy of the page containing your photograph, signature and personal details. Please ensure that the photocopy is clear and easy to read. If you do not hold a passport, please send us one of the following:

  • Written explanation about why you cannot supply the copy of your passport
  • Certified copy of your National Identity Card

3. Photograph

Send us a passport-sized photograph. Please write your name and reference number on the reverse of the photograph. Your reference number is printed on each page of the full application pack.


4. Birth certificate

You must send us a certified copy of your birth certificate.  We will record your name on our records as it appears on your birth certificate.  Find out more about what a certified copy is on our FAQ page.  If your birth certificate is not written in the English, language, we will also need a certified translation.

If there is no difference between the name on your birth certificate and the name on other application documents, there are no further requirements.

However, if there is a difference between the name on your birth certificate and the name or names on other application documents, you must also send us one of the documents listed below: 

Marriage or civil partnership certificate:
If you are married, send us a certified copy of your marriage or civil partnership certificate.  On the application form, please indicate whether you want to change your surname following marriage or civil partnership,  use a double barrelled surname or keep your maiden name (birth surname). Find out more about what a certified copy is on our FAQ page.  If your marriage or civil partnership certificate is not written in the English language, we will also need a certified translation.

Deed Poll:
If you have officially changed your name since birth (other than a change of surname by marriage), you need to send us a certified copy of your legal change of name by Deed Poll. Find out more about what a certified copy is on our FAQ page.  If your deed poll is not written in the English language, we will also need a certified translation.

Affidavit:
Please send us a sworn affidavit if the spelling of your name on your birth certificate is different from the spelling of your name on the application form, or on other application documents.  The affidavit must be sworn or declared before a:

  • Legal practitioner - a solicitor or a lawyer
  • Notary public
  • Peace commissioner
  • Commissioner for oaths

5. Declaration page

Within the pack, you will find a declaration page.  It is important that you read it carefully before you sign it.  By signing the declaration, you are confirming that you have completed the form truthfully and that you consent to NMBI contacting other parties in connection with your application.

6.  Certificate of Current Professional Status (CCPS): Form C


Form C in the full application pack should not be completed by you.  Instead, it must be completed by what is called the "competent authority".  This is the organisation within each country which is responsible for registering nurses and midwives.  In Ireland, the competent authority is NMBI.

At the date of application, all Group 1, 2 and 3 applicants must hold current registration as a nurse or midwife in another country. A Certificate of Current Professional Status (CCPS) is required from the competent authority.

A CCPS is a certificate issued by your competent nursing or midwifery authority, which provides a range of information about the current status of your registration and training. The certificate is issued to professionals who are seeking registration with a regulator such as NMBI in another country.

You must send Form C (in Section 2 of the application pack) to the relevant competent authority. The authority should complete the form and send it directly to us with a CCPS. You can make extra copies of Form C, if you are registered with more than one competent authority.

We need a CCPS from the competent authorities where you:

  • Completed your nursing/midwifery education
  • Hold current registration
  • Have previously held registration
  • Have worked as a nurse or midwife in that country, state or jurisdiction

If you are a Group 1 applicant - those who have trained in the EU or EEA and meet the Directive - the CCPS we receive should clearly state what article of EU Directive 2005/36/EC you meet.

There are two competent authorities in some countries. One competent authority in that country will confirm if your training meets EU Directive 2005/36/EC, while a different competent authority in the same country will confirm your good character. If this is the case, we will need a CCPS from each competent authority.Find out about the differences between Group 1, 2 and 3 applicants on our Registering to practise page.
 

Extra documents from Group 2 and 3 applicants


All Group 2 and 3 applicants need to items 1 and 2 listed below.  Form A and transcript must sent directly to NMBI from the training college where you trained. Form B must be sent directly to NMBI from your current or recent employer or employers.

You should also review item 3 below to check if it applies to you:


1. Education Transcript:  Form A


As part of the educational assessment we are obliged to carry out, we need to verify your nursing or midwifery education and training. You must always apply for registration in the division of your primary qualification. You can also apply for registration in any secondary divisions in which you have been educated and trained.

We will send you a specific Form A for each division that you apply for.  Form As are clearly labelled with the appropriate division at the top of the form. Take care to send the Form A to the correct training institution.

To process your application, we need the following from your training institution:

  • Fully completed Form A, for division applied for, which is part of your full application pack
  • Education transcript

If you have completed other nursing and midwifery-related programmes that you would like us to consider, please arrange for a transcript to be sent to NMBI from the training college. All transcripts should include:

  • Theory (contact teaching) in clock hours
  • Clinical practice (direct patient care) in clock hours

Learn about clock hours and why we need this information on our FAQ page.


2. Professional employment reference:  Form B


As part of the application process, we need to check your post qualification work experience as a nurse or midwife.  To do this, we need a professional employment reference or references.  Form B, which is part of your full application pack, must be completed by your current or most recent employer.

If your current or most recent post is less than 12 months of continuous employment, we need extra Form Bs from your previous employer(s) to cover a 12 month period. If you have never been employed as a nurse/midwife, please note this in the Curriculum Vitae section on the main application form.

Please make sure that you follow the instructions on Form B and arrange for the correct person to complete and sign the form. Form B must be completed and signed by the:

  • Director of Nursing/Midwifery
  • Matron
  • Nurse/Midwife Manager

If you do not report to an individual holding one of those titles, we need an explanation in writing from the person that you report to explaining:

  • Why a Director of Nursing, Midwifery, Matron, Nurse/Midwife Manager cannot complete Form B
  • The professional  reporting relationship where you work

3. Graduate nurse/midwife programme: Form E


If you completed a supervised Graduate Nurse /Midwife Programme (GNP/GMP) after finishing your training, you may arrange for details of the programme to be sent directly to us from the hospital or healthcare institution where you completed the programme.  We may be able to use any relevant supervised theory and clinical hours in the programme to support your application. The Programme Co-ordinator must:

  • Complete Form E about the graduate nurse/midwife programme
  • Send us a detailed breakdown of theory (contact teaching) and supervised clinical practice (direct patient care) in clock hours

GNP/GMP is the most common name for a supervised graduate nursing/midwifery programme. However, you can also arrange for a Form E, to be directly to us from the hospital or healthcare institution where you completed the programme, if you have completed one of the following graduate programmes:

  • Transitional programme
  • Internship programme
  • Preceptorship programme
  • Co-op work experience programme


Extra documents needed for nurse prescribers


As part of the application process for nurse prescribing, we need to check your post qualification work experience as a nurse or midwife, and also review your prescribing experience.  To do this, we need professional employment references, which must be completed on the following forms: 

Form P1 - current employer’s reference

Form P1, which is part of your full application pack, must be completed by your current employer in Ireland.  This employment must be in a clinical setting and you must be employed there for at least the last 12 months.  This reference is for your current practising division.

Please make sure that you follow the instructions on Form B and arrange for the correct person to complete and sign the form. Form B must be completed and signed by the:

  • Director of Nursing/Midwifery
  • Matron
  • Nurse/Midwife Manager

If you do not report to an individual holding one of those titles, we need an explanation in writing from the person that you report to explaining:

  • Why a Director of Nursing, Midwifery, Matron, Nurse/Midwife Manager cannot complete Form B
  • The professional  reporting relationship where you work

Form P2 - prescribing employer’s reference

Form P2, which is part of your full application pack, must be completed for your most recent prescribing post (outside Ireland).   This form will provide us with details of your prescribing experience.

Please make sure that you follow the instructions on Form B and arrange for the correct person to complete and sign the form. Form B must be completed and signed by the:

  • Director of Nursing/Midwifery
  • Matron
  • Nurse/Midwife Manager

If you do not report to an individual holding one of those titles, we need an explanation in writing from the person that you report to explaining:

  • Why a Director of Nursing, Midwifery, Matron, Nurse/Midwife Manager cannot complete Form B
  • The professional  reporting relationship where you work