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International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


If English is not your native language, you may be required to complete an exam called the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  

We strongly advise you check your status on this with the NMBI before you begin your nursing registration to work in Ireland.

If you are a Group 3 overseas nurse applying to work as a nurse in Ireland, and if English is not your first or primary language, you will need to demonstrate that you can speak English to a high standard required to be successful in your employment.

The NMBI only accepts IELTS Academic Tests as evidence of English language competency. This test assesses a nurses command of English in the following areas:

Only IELTS results that are less than two years old will be accepted by the NMBI. If your test results are out of date, you will need to re-sit the IELTS. The NMBI will only accept the minimum scores in the IELTS Academic Test that are shown in this table: ​


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