We launched a new version of the Test of Competence (ToC) for nurses and midwives on 2 August 2021.

The legacy version of the test will be available for some candidates to take up to August 2022.

This doesn't affect people applying to join the register as a nursing associate - you will continue to take the existing nursing associate ToC.

Who will take the legacy version?

If you sat an attempt at either the CBT or the OSCE before 2 August 2021, you will have up August 2022 to complete the legacy Test of Competence 2014.

The time you have depends on when your CBT or OSCE will expire if you’ve previously been successful in either test.

  • Your eligibility date remains the same.
  • You cannot mix and match the legacy ToC with the new ToC.
  • Your CBT and OSCE must be passed within two years of one another.
  • You will continue to have three attempts at each exam, with 10 days between attempts.
  • We encourage you to sit your remaining part before it expires so you can avoid having to re-sit the test.
  • Once the transition period ends, if you haven’t been successful in
    completing the legacy ToC you will need to sit the new ToC.

Read our transition information if you are not sure which version of the test you need to take.