The Competency Assessment Programme is delivered over a period of eight weeks. There are two parts to the programme.
Part One is delivered over the first three weeks and includes the following topics:
Part Two is delivered over five weeks. Students will complete a total of 200 hrs work experience in clinical practice.
Clinical placements are arranged by the Training Coordinator. Placements are organised on a 40-hour week, including weekends.
Students will work alongside a designated preceptor who is a Registered Nurse. All preceptors have a minimum of three years New Zealand work experience and have completed preceptor training.
Clinical placement providers are located in Bell Block and New Plymouth. Where possible, the Training Coordinator will place students who do not have their own transport in Bell Block. This cannot be guaranteed therefore students are encouraged to bring their own car.
Public transport is limited between Bell Block and New Plymouth as per the bus links listed below. This may be a concern for you when you are required to attend workplace training. For your convenience we suggest that you bring your own vehicle as you will also want to explore what New Plymouth has to offer during your free time. Students sharing the same work placements may be able to agree to car share. There is free car parking available onsite at the training school.
Bus Timetable – Bell Block, New Plymouth
Bus Timetable – New Plymouth – Merrilands (3 workplace training establishments based in this area)
Facility placement distances by Car:
Molly Ryan Life Care, 269 Mangorei Rd, Merrilands, New Plymouth – 7.3 km from Avatar Institute of Learning – off peak travel time is 9 mins, on peak travel time is 13 mins.
Radius Thornleigh Park, 25 Heta Rd, Highland Park, New Plymouth – 9.1 km from Avatar Institute of Learning – off peak travel time 12 mins, on peak travel time 16 mins.
Riverside Lifecare, 361 Mangorei Rd, Merrilands, New Plymouth – 8.2 km from Avatar Institute of Learning – off peak travel time is 10 mins, on peak travel time is 14 mins.
Sunhaven , 48a Sunnyvale Street, Bell Block, New Plymouth – 2 km from Avatar Institute of Learning – off peak travel time 2 mins, on peak travel time 2 mins.
There is a taxi service available but this will come at a cost, cost of a Taxis to work placements outside of Bell Block area are between $30-32 per one-way trip with Energy City Cabs 06 757 5580, this is the best negotiated rate currently available or you can phone New Plymouth Taxis 06 757 3000.
Note: Uber is not available in Taranaki Region.
Transport under special circumstances may be able to be arranged through Avatar Institute of Learning at a cost of $15 each way to your placement.
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.
If English is a second language the applicant must: