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If you trained outside of Ireland, you will belong to application Group 1, 2, or 3.  Read the questions and answers below to understand the group you belong to.
 
Did you train in the European Union (EU) as a general nurse or midwife?


Minimum training standards for nurses and midwives to practice in their country of training and across the EU are set out in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC (the Directive).  The Directive lists the date that each country implemented the EU standards for the training of general nurses and midwives.  This date is known as the reference date.


Automatic recognition

If you trained in an EU country, as a general nurse or a midwife, then your training may meet the "automatic recognition route to registration" which is set out in the Directive.

If you started your training on or after your country’s reference date, it is likely that we will be able to automatically register you, provided that you submit the correct application documents and pay the relevant fees. 

To check what date your country implemented the Directives, the NMBI has prepared a quick A-Z listing. The A-Z country listing (PDF 0 MB) also includes information about the following European Economic Area (EEA) countries: Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Although not in the EU, these countries have implemented the training standards in the Directive.  If you trained in one of these countries on/or after the implementation date then you may also have an automatic right to registration.  Download the A-Z country listing (PDF, XX MB).

If you trained after the reference date or implementation date in your country of training, you are a Group 1 applicant.

Acquired rights

If you trained in the EU or EEA before the reference date or implementation date for your country, then you may have "acquired rights" to registration based on your post-registration employment experience as a general nurse or midwife.   The term "acquired rights" means that if you have a certain amount of post-registration experience as a nurse of midwife you may have a right to join the Register.

To check this, please contact the "competent authority" in the country where you trained.  This is the organisation within each country which is responsible for registering nurses and midwives.  In Ireland, the competent authority is NMBI. 

If your training meets the Directive due to acquired rights, you are a Group 1 applicant.

Educational

If you trained as a general nurse or a midwife in the EU or EEA, and you do not meet the requirements for automatic recognition or acquired rights, NMBI can still consider your application under what is known as the "general system" terms of the Directive. If we consider your application under these terms, we will need to educationally assess your application.  Your application will need a full educational assessment if you:

. Trained as a general nurse or midwife before the reference date for your country
. Do not have the post-registration employment experience needed to have acquired rights to registration

If you trained in the EU or EEA and your application needs a full educational assessment, you are a Group 2 applicant.

Did you train in the EU or EEA in a division other than general nursing or midwifery?


The EU does not have a set of agreed standards of training for divisions other than general nursing and midwifery.  NMBI will consider your application under what is known as the "general system" terms of the Directive. If we consider your application under these terms, we will need to educationally assess your application. If you trained in another division of the Register, we will compare your training directly against the requirements and standards that NMBI have set for that division.

Your application will undergo a full educational assessment if you trained as a:

. Children’s nurse
. Psychiatric nurse
. Intellectual disability nurse
. Nurse tutor
. Nurse prescriber 

If you trained in the EU or EEA and your application needs a full educational assessment, you are a Group 2 applicant.

Did you train outside the EU or EEA?


If you trained outside of the EU or EEA, we will compare your training directly against NMBI’s requirements and standards for that division. Your application will need a full educational assessment.

To be eligible to apply for registration, you must:

. Hold a current registration, or licence without restriction, with the competent authority 
  in the country in which you qualified or have been practising
. Have practised as a nurse or midwife in the last five years
. Meet our language competence requirements
. Have completed extra courses leading to registration as a first level nurse, if you hold the
  following qualifications:  state enrolled nurse, state certified nurse, licensed practical nurse,
  vocational nurse, nurse’s aide, and an associate degree (United States)

If you trained outside the EU or EEA, and meet these requirements, you are a Group 3 applicant.

How do I start the application process?


If you decide to apply, you need to complete the Registration Application Request Form and pay the assessment fee.

How does the application process work?


After you send us in the completed Registration Application Request Form, our Finance Department will process your payment.  Our Registration Department will then send you a full application pack, which includes your reference number

The first thing you should do when you receive your full application pack is to make a note of your reference number. You must use this reference number in all communication with us. You will find your reference number on the upper right hand corner of each page in your application form. Find out what to do with your full application pack on our documentation requirements page.


Processing your basic documents

The Registration Department will log receipt of your "basic documents". These are the documents requested from you, and your relevant authorities, in the application pack. The documentation requirements page contains a table showing you the basic documents that we will need to process your application

The Registration Department will check that your part of the application form has been correctly completed.   If there are any errors, we will write to you to request any missing information.

Forms A, B, C, D and E within the pack must be sent directly from the relevant authority to NMBI. The Registration Department will check the envelope that the form came in to make sure it was sent directly to NMBI. The envelope should bear the:

. Return address of the relevant authority
. The authority’s stamp or seal

If proof of the authority is not on the envelope, we cannot be sure they were sent directly.  If we are in any doubt that the form was sent directly from the authority, we will contact you to arrange for a new form to be completed and sent by the authority.

Basic documentation check - Groups 1, 2 & 3

Your documents come in to the Registration Department individually (as Forms A, B, C, D and E come from different authorities).  We do not have the full application requirements until we have received all of your basic documents. Once we have received all of your basic documents, the Registration Department will review your application to see if we need what we call "further information".

If this is the case, we will write to you for any further information needed to progress your application. The further information we request could be:

. An explanation from you about information contained in your application
. An explanation from a relevant authority about information contained in your application,
  or documents they sent us as part of your application
. Extra documents we now need from you or a relevant authority

To avoid delays, please make sure that you read the request for further information carefully and follow any instructions given.

If you are a Group 2 or 3 applicant, the Registration Department will check to see if we correctly received Form A and the transcript. However, the clinical and theory content of your programme will not be reviewed until the full educational assessment.  At this point in the process, we will be unable to tell you if the programme you completed meets our requirements.

Assessment

Once we have satisfactorily received your basic documents, and any further information requested, we will assess your file.  The assessment will be different, depending on which application group you belong to:

Group 1 assessment

Having already checked all your basic documents, and any further information requested, we will now verify that your Certificate of Current Professional Status (CCPS) shows that you meet the appropriate Article of European Union Directive 2005/36/EC (the Directive) for:

. Automatic recognition
. Acquired rights

If we are satisfied that your application meets these, and our other application requirements, then our decision will be to include your name in the appropriate division of NMBI’s Register.

If the Article of the Directive recorded on your CCPS shows that you do not meet the requirements for automatic recognition or acquired rights, then we will send you extra forms so that we can educationally assess your application. 

Group 2 & 3 assessment

Having checked all your basic documents and any further information received, we will now send your application to our Education Department for a full educational assessment.  An assessor will examine your application in detail.  The assessor will also calculate whether the theory and clinical content of your training programme meets our requirements.

Outcome of the assessment

We will send you a "decision letter" to let you know the outcome of our assessment. The outcome may be that you are:

. Registered
. Refused registration
. Required to successfully complete a period of adaptation and assessment before registration
. Required to send further information so that we can make a final decision on your application

Visit the decisions and appeals page to learn more about our decisions.

How much does it cost?


Assessment fee

All Group 1, 2, and 3 applicants must pay an assessment fee. This fee covers the cost of assessing your application. 

If you are applying for registration with NMBI for the first time, then you need to pay an assessment fee of €350. Your assessment fee will cover the cost of applying for multiple divisions of the Register, provided that you include all divisions on your application request form.

If you are already registered with NMBI, and you are applying to register an extra qualification that you obtained outside of Ireland, then you need to pay an assessment fee of €200.

Please make sure that you have read all the information about the application process and documentation requirements before you apply. The assessment fee is non-refundable.


Registration fee

After we have assessed your application, we will issue you with a decision letter to let you know the outcome of your application.  If you are eligible to join the Register, then you will need to pay a registration fee: 

. €145, if this is your first time registering with NMBI
. €80, if you are already registered with NMBI

If we issue you with a decision that you must undertake a period of adaptation and assessment to be eligible to join the Register, then you will only need to pay the registration fee if you successfully complete your adaptation and assessment placement.