Programme Aim

The aim of the Competency Assessment Programme is to enable successful applicants to demonstrate their ability to meet Nursing Council of New Zealand’s competencies for their scope of practice to gain Nursing Council of New Zealand registration.


Programme Structure

The Competency Assessment Programme is delivered over a period of 8 weeks. There are two parts to the programme.  Part One is delivered over the first three weeks and includes the following topics:



Part One Topics:


  • Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) Competencies
  • NCNZ Code of Conduct and Professional Boundaries
  • Legislation, Documentation and Reflection
  • Leadership and Delegation
  • Head to Toe Assessment
  • Safe Manual Handling
  • Treaty of Waitangi, Maori Health and Cultural Safety
  • Medication Management
  • Infection Control
  • Wound Management
  • Mental Health
  • Dementia, Delirium and Depression
  • Health and Disability Consumer’s Rights


Part Two:


Part two is delivered over 5 weeks.  Students will gain a total of 200 hrs work experience in clinical practice. Students will work alongside a designated preceptor who is a Registered Nurse.  All preceptors have a minimum of 3 years New Zealand work experience and have completed preceptor training.

Eligibility for Enrolment


Applicant must:

  • Have written notification from the NCNZ of the requirement to complete a Competence Assessment Programme.


  • Meet English requirements laid down in the NCNZ’S registration policy for overseas nurses prior to entry to the Competency Assessment Programme. Such as,  the International Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of at least 7.0 in reading, writing and speaking retrospectively; Or the Occupational English Test (OET) with a B band in each section.


  • Have verified documented evidence of a minimum of two years clinical experience as a registered nurse in a ward environment.


  • Provide evidence of 6 months employment in New Zealand or another English speaking country, in a healthcare setting.


  • Be able to demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively for the purpose of practicing in the New Zealand setting.


  • Provide current evidence of a Police clearance from the country where the applicant holds current registration.


 We have small interactive training sessions with limited applicant vacancies. You will not want to miss out on the opportunity to attend this NCNZ approved CAP Programme and the opportunity to explore our beautiful surrounding community.



Intakes remainder 2017 – 2018


  • 9 October to 4 December 2017             Full – No Availability
  • 15th January to 9th March 2018            Full – No Availability
  • 19th March to 14th May 2018                 Full – No Availability
  • 21st May – 16th July 2018                       Full – No Availability
  • 30 July – 24th September 2018             Full – No Availability
  • 08 October- 3rd December 2018           Places available – enquire today!


  • Tuition fee is $8100.00 for the 8 week programme.


Accommodation onsite     (Limited 8 persons)

Shared accommodation is available for $100.00 per week.


  • Hut   (Small Apartment)  x 2 persons.


  • The Manor (Maida Vale -Staff House with Room available) x 2 persons.


  • Day Rooms  (Within Ocean View Lifestyle Apartment Complex) x 4 persons. Coffee Tea making facilities in room, small fridge, shared kitchen available to cook meals.


Accommodation is provided to students of 

Avatar Institute of Learning from 

Maida Vale Retirement Village who are your landlord


Accommodation Policy is available and it explains the key rights and responsibilities of you the student (tenant) and the landlord (Maida Vale). These rights and responsibilities are extracts from the NZ government’s tenancy website and have been amended to contextualise for Avatar’s students.


New Zealand Government Tenancy Website : aBelow links


Accommodation Arranged by Students

For advice and information about New Zealand’s tenancy legislation including their rights and responsibilities as a tenant in New Zealand, please click the below links



Internet is provide onsite for course use only. Internet for personal use can be purchased from the main office at Maida Vale.



Helpful Links:


Accommodation Offsite




New Plymouth Backpacker, Budget and Hostel Accommodation–Taranaki/homes?allow_override%5B%5D=&s_tag=I8DiwhOD




Bus Timetable – Bell Block – New Plymouth


NZTA information for visiting drivers:

Drive Safe


Flights – Arrival/Departure – New Plymouth Airport




Visit New Plymouth


Whats on in New Plymouth – Taranaki


Events Cinema – (Movie Theatre)


Nursing/Study Websites


New Zealand Nursing Council


NZQA – New Zealand Qualifications Authority


Taranaki District Health board


Other Useful Agencies


Citizens Advice Bureau


Budgeting resources


Water Safety New Zealand




General Practitioners – close to where you are living


Oral health – private Dentist


Right to be treated with respect by health and disability providers

If you have any concerns or wish to complain, you should contact that provide your care or the Health and Disability Commission

Phone 0800 112233–code/the-code-of-rights








Contact us for an Application Pack today

Testimonial: 2017 – Garland Uy – “It was amazing! I was given the opportunity to learn everything. My preceptor was thorough in teaching and correction was immediately done, staff were all accommodating”.

Testimonial: 2017- Lisandro Cecilio – “The programme helped me to become more competent and confident to pursue my future career and gave me enough information regarding New Zealand Nursing Legislation”.

Testimonial: 2017 – Luijpen Mendoza – “This institution has the best programme for CAP students”.

Testimonial: 2017 – Norika Drilan – “It was a very informative, relevant and awesome experience overall”.

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