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Pathways to Meet NMBI English Language Requirements for Registration

By Nurse Jobs Ireland Admin on 08 July 2018

From 2 April 2018, applicants for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland who have qualifications from outside of Ireland must now satisfy the Board that they have the necessary knowledge of English to communicate effectively in their practice.


Communication is defined as speaking, reading, listening and writing, and the applicant must provide evidence that demonstrates competence in these four mandatory skills.


1st Category: Trained in English in a NMBI Recognised Country

The pre-registration nursing or midwifery qualification which an applicant is relying on for registration was taught and examined in English in one of the NMBI recognised countries within the last 5 years. NMBI will recognise the following countries as majority English speaking for the purpose of registering and practicing in Ireland:


  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand 
  • The United States of America
  • United Kingdom 



2nd Category: Registered and practised in English

An applicant who wishes to rely on evidence that that they have registered and practised in English must be able to prove that they have 3 years post registration practice within the last five years in one of the recognised countries. Recognised countries are:    

  •     Australia
  •     Canada
  •     New Zealand 
  •     The United States of America
  •     United Kingdom 


3rd Category: English Language Tests

The applicant may submit a certificate of test results from either the International English Language Test System (IELTS) or Occupational English Test (OET).


Check out here all the new scores required and more details about the NMBI Registration Process.


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