Before you continue
This page has guidance on continuing an existing application if you paid your assessment fee before Monday 7 October.
Not in the right place?
We have separate guidance if you:
- started an application before Monday 7 October, but didn't pay your assessment fee
- haven't applied for registration before - you'll need to start a new application
Continuing your application
Part 2 test of competence (OSCE): £794
Admission onto our register: £153
You will need to
You must complete the entire application process within two years of passing the CBT.
If you're unable to do this, you'll need to re-sit your CBT and start a new application with us.
Provide your supporting documents
After you’ve passed the CBT, you’ll be asked to provide your supporting documents for your application.
Read our guidance for nurses and midwives trained outside the EU and EEA to find out what you need to provide.
We’ll use the information you provide to confirm if you’ve met our registration requirements.
Take the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)
Once we confirmed you’ve met our registration requirements, your application will be progressed to the next stage, which is the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
You can take the OSCE in the UK at one of our approved university test centres. When we authorise you to take the OSCE, you should contact the test centre of your choice directly to book.
Full details about the OSCE processes and links to relevant resources can be found on the approved test centres' websites.
You may sit your OSCE up to three times as part of one application, with a minimum of 10 days between each sitting.
If you're unsuccessful after your third attempt, your application will close. You’ll be required to submit a new application but will not be able to sit the OSCE again for a minimum of six months.
Prepare for the Test of Competence
Read our information on nursing and midwifery pathways, including specific competencies and the exam blueprints:
- Adult (general) nursing
- Children's nursing
- Learning disabilities nursing
- Mental health nursing
You are required to attend a face-to-face identification check at the test centre on the day of the OSCE exam. At the ID interview you must produce the original versions of the documents you sent photocopies of. We will make final checks on your previous registration, and take a photograph for our records. Applicants applying for entry to the register through the old overseas process will be contacted separately through email, therefore please ensure your contact details with us are kept up to date.
We cannot issue you with a PIN, or place you on our register, until you have met the requirements of this check. Please do not attempt to make an identity check appointment until we have contacted you.
Things to be aware of
English language requirements
All applicants must supply evidence that they have the necessary knowledge of English.
There are a number of pieces of evidence that we will accept:
- You have recently achieved the required score in one of the English language tests accepted by the NMC. You must achieve the required score in each of the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
- A recent pre-registration nursing or midwifery qualification which was taught and examined in English.
- Registration and practice of at least one year in a country where English is the first and native language and an English language assessment was required for registration.
Find out more about our English language requirements.
UK immigration processes
Applicants should be aware that they will be required to meet the full requirements of the UK’s immigration processes separately.