Assessment of Competence Program

Assessment of Competence Program: Internationally-qualified Nurses and Re-entry Nurses

The Assessment of Competence program is designed for Australian registered and enrolled nurses who have not practiced within the profession for a period of more than five years and wish to update their nursing and skills, knowledge and competency in order to return to the workforce. This program is a Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) approved pathway for internationally-qualified nurses to achieve the level of competency and skills that is required for registration as a nurse by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Participants are oriented to contemporary nursing practice in Australia. The program builds upon participant’s previous knowledge, skills and experience to prepare them to demonstrate safe practice at the entry-to-practice level according to the relevant Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) competency standards.


The program consists of a theoretical component of 150 hours, comprised of classroom sessions, clinical skills practice and self-directed learning. A further 150 hours of professional experience placement* is undertaken at various metropolitan and regional participating hospitals.


Full details on this program can be found here.