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Register as a nursing associate if you trained in the EU/EEA

We understand that deciding to apply for registration in a new country is a big commitment. We’re here to support you to deliver the highest standard of care throughout your career.

As the nursing associate role is a new profession in England, you should read the following information carefully before applying for registration.

It sets out our registration requirements and gives an overview of the application process, so you know what we’ll ask you for and what you can expect along the way.

Route eligibility 

To be able to apply through the EU/EEA route you must be either:

  • an EU national and trained in an EU/EEA member state, or
  • an EU national and trained in a country outside the EU/EEA, but have had your qualification recognised in an EU member state and have also been lawfully practising in that member state for at least three consecutive years, or
  • the spouse, civil partner, child or dependant under the age of 21 of an EU national and are using your ‘enforceable EU rights’ to locate to the UK with your spouse, parent or civil partner (this is also known as Treaty Rights).

Applicants who are eligible to apply via the EU/EEA route will be able to apply for recognition of their qualification through the ‘general systems’ route outlined in the EU professional qualifications directive.

Qualification evaluation and recognition

In the first stage of your application, we'll ask you for some information about your qualification so we can determine whether your qualification has prepared you for the nursing associate profession.

To be prepared we would expect that you have a qualification in the field of nursing to academic level 5 which in the UK is typically a two year foundation degree. You’ll also need the equivalent of at least one year’s professional experience in the last ten years.

We'll use this information to identify whether there are significant shortfalls in your training compared to qualifications from a nursing associate education programme we would approve in England. If we identify significant shortfalls, we'll ask you to undertake an aptitude test.

An aptitude test is designed to assess theoretical and practical knowledge against our nursing associate proficiency standards. If you need to take an aptitude test, you’ll need to pay a fee to our test provider, the University of Northampton.

You'll need to provide

To help us make this assessment, we’ll ask you to provide:

  • the name of your qualification, when you completed your training and the name of your training institution
  • certified copy of your qualification certificate (translated into English)
  • a certified copy of your transcript of training containing details of the subjects that you studied and detail of your clinical experience and the number of hours for each subject (translated into English)
  • details of any additional relevant training and experience related to your practice
  • evidence of previous registration if your practice is part of a regulated profession in your home country (this may be in the form of a Certificate of Current Professional Status)

We’ll also need to know if your qualification was obtained in a country where the profession is regulated.

If your qualification is from a country that does not regulate the nursing associate profession, we’ll ask you to provide evidence that you have the equivalent of at least one year’s professional experience in the last ten years.

If your qualification is from a country that does regulate the nursing associate profession, we’ll ask you to provide evidence from a competent authority (such as the regulator) that you have the qualification required by that country to gain access to and pursue the nursing associate profession.

We'll give you a form for your education institute to complete. They'll need to tell us how your programme meets each of the nursing associate standards of proficiency.

When you're ready to submit this information, you’ll need to pay the £110 evaluation fee.

This fee is non-refundable, even if we determine that you're not eligible to apply or you don’t gain registration.

Registration requirements

During this stage of your application, we'll check that you meet our other registration requirements. You'll need to provide evidence that demonstrates that you're capable of safe and effective practice in the UK.

The evidence we require is broken up into the following sections.

Identity

We’ll ask you to send us a certified copy of your passport or identity card.

If any of your supporting documents are in a previous name, you’ll need to provide certified evidence of your name change such as a marriage or divorce certificate or a deed poll certificate.

Character

You’ll be asked to provide a self-declaration to confirm you're of sufficiently good character to practise safely and effectively. We'll also need to consider any supporting information related to your character and professional conduct.  

You’ll need to tell us about:

  • certain police charges, cautions, convictions, conditional discharges 
  • any determinations made by any regulatory body you have been subject to

You don’t need to tell us about:

  • protected police charges, cautions, convictions or conditional discharges that would not be shown on a police clearance or Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check completed in the UK
  • police charges where the police took no further action or motoring offences (unless they resulted in disqualification)

We’ll also ask you to provide a supporting good character reference.

This will need to be provided by your regulator if your profession is regulated in your home country.

If your profession is not regulated in your home country, we'll accept a self-declaration of good character as long as you sign it under oath in front of a competent administrative or judicial authority, notary or qualified professional body and you also provide a supporting reference from an employer.

You’ll be able to download and print the supporting good character form from NMC Online to send to your competent authority for them to complete and send back to us.

If you need to complete your self-declaration under oath, you should send this to us as well.

As well as your supporting good character declaration you’ll need to send us:

  • a certified copy of a police clearance certificate from every country you’ve resided in for longer than three months since the age of 18
  • a standard level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check if you’ve resided in the UK for more than three months.

You’ll need to make sure we receive these documents within three months of the issue dates.

Health

We need to know that people applying to join our register meet our health requirements to ensure they can practise safely and effectively. 

When completing your application you’ll need to think about how any health conditions and/or disabilities you may have could affect your practice or place the safety of the people in your care at risk.

We’ll ask you to:

  • provide a self-declaration about your health and let us know about any health condition and/or disability you have which may affect your practice if you’re not managing the condition appropriately
  • provide a supporting declaration about your health from a medical practitioner of a member of your employer’s occupational health department

You’ll be able to download and print the supporting health declaration form from NMC Online to send to the appropriate person for them to complete and send back to us.

English language requirements

You’ll need to provide evidence that you have the necessary knowledge of English.

Assessing your application

We’ll review the information you provide in relation to your training and also the information we receive from your training institution or qualification regulator to determine whether your qualification has prepared you for the nursing associate profession.

We’ll also use it to identify whether there are significant shortfalls in your training compared to qualifications from a nursing associate education programme we approve in England. If we identify significant shortfalls we'll ask you to undertake an aptitude test.

Once we’ve recognised your qualification or received confirmation you’ve successfully completed the aptitude test, we’ll review your registration application and use the information we’ve received to make a decision on your suitability to be registered.

We’ll aim to complete our assessment within 60 calendar days of receiving all the information we need and we’ll contact you by email with the outcome.

When we might need more information

If we need to ask for more information at any point we’ll contact you by email.

We may need to ask you for more information if any of the details you provide are unclear, incomplete, have not been translated or not certified correctly.

We may also ask you for further information if you:

  • indicate you have a health condition and/or disability that you’re not managing.
  • declare you have received any criminal cautions, convictions or determinations relating to a fitness to practice impairment we may need more information

You can read our guidance on health and character to find out more.

Admission to the register

Once we have recognised your qualification and are satisfied that you have meet our registration requirements, we’ll invite you to complete your registration.

You’ll need to log into your application and make a declaration that you will:

  • abide by the Code
  • hold, or will hold when you begin practising, an appropriate professional indemnity arrangement
  • nothing has changed in respect of your character or health since first applying.

You'll also need to pay your registration fee of £120. 

This fee will be refunded if:

  • you withdraw your application before we can complete your registration,
  • we close your application because you haven’t provided all the necessary information within six months
  • our application is unsuccessful because we determine that you don’t meet our registration requirements.

Once you have completed these steps, we'll issue your PIN.

Start your application

If this is your first time applying for recognition of your qualification and registration with us, you'll need to complete our online application form.