Changes to language testing requirements come in force

Changes to our language testing requirements for nurses and midwives trained outside the UK have come into force today.

The changes make alternative options available for nurses and midwives to demonstrate their English language capability.

We will now accept the Occupational English Test (OET) in addition to the International English Language Test System (IELTS), as proof of a nurse or midwife’s English language competence. While this provides an alternative way for nurses and midwives to demonstrate their English language capability, applicants will still need to meet our existing English language standards.

Nurses and midwives who have qualified outside EU/EEA will also be able to demonstrate their English language capability by providing evidence that they have:

  • Undertaken a pre-registration nursing or midwifery qualification taught and examined in English.
  • Registered and practised for a minimum of one year in a country where English is the first and native language, and a successful pass in an English language test was required for registration.

These changes will bring the options available for those trained outside the EU/EEA more closely in line with those from the EU/EEA.

Read further details about the changes.

For enquiries relating to registration please contact 020 7333 9333 or international enquiries 020 7333 6600.


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