Instructions for registering with the Nurses and Midwives Chamber in Ireland

Today’s blog gives you instructions on how a nurse or nurse technician can apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). Once you have registered and obtained a license to work in your field in Ireland, the NMBI is the competent authority that provides guidance and new information that are relevant to your work.

Only when you receive a decision letter and confirmation that you can practice as a nurse or technician in Ireland can we communicate with hospitals and clinics about your employment opportunities and arrange video interviews for you. In order to get to this step, we first need to determine which signup group with NMBI you belong to.

1st Group: Acquired rights
In accordance with EU Directive 2005/36 / EC, as a nurse, technician or midwife who started education in Croatia after July 1, 2013, you probably have all the necessary rights to join the registry at the beginning. Find the dates for the automatic recognition of vested rights in other EU / EEA Member States at the link.

2nd Group: Educational assessment required
If you have completed your education in an EU / EEA Member State before the date specified for the country, your education will be compared to the general standard set out in the EU directive, as well as the current standards set by the NMBI for divisions in Ireland.

3rd Group: Education outside the EU / EEA
If you have completed education outside the EU / EEA, you must meet the following requirements to be licensed:

1. You have a current registration or license without restriction with a competent authority in the country where you were educated or practised
2. If more than five years have elapsed since the completion of the nursing/midwifery education program before the date of registration, at least 12 months of work experience in the interim
3. Fulfilment of English language proficiency
4. You have completed additional courses enabling you to register as a Level One Nurse and have one of the following qualifications: Certified Nurse, State Nurse, Assistant Nurse, and Associate’s Degree (USA)
5. Language recognition: If English is not your native language or you have not completed your education / have no work experience in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States or the United Kingdom, you must demonstrate proficiency in IELTS or OET academic tests. The minimum results to be achieved in the IELTS test are 6.5 for listening and reading and 7.0 for writing, speaking and overall success. In the OET test, NMBI requires knowledge of the C + level for reading and writing and B for writing and speaking. It is important to note that the results of the test must not be older than 2 years old, and in the first step of the application process, the IELTS Academic Test Report Form (TRF) number, or OET candidate number, must be provided.

Step 1:
Fill out the form provided on the link containing information such as personal information, the division you are registering for, the TRF / OET number (valid only for candidates in Group 3), payment details and similar. In order to acknowledge your identification, a certified photocopy of your passport (a photocopy of the page containing the photograph, signature, passport number with expiry date and other personal information) is required. If you do not have a valid passport, you must attach a certified copy of your ID or birth certificate. All documents that are not written in English should be officially translated and the translator must confirm in English that this is a correct translation of the document.

Step 2:
When NMBI processes your application, that is, the completed application form and costs, it will send you an “Overseas Registration Application Pack”, or a brochure with instructions specifically designed for you and containing the unique Application Reference Number, or reference number of your application, as well as the security code required to set up your personal account. The brochure also provides instructions on how to create an account through which you can track the progress of the registration process and more easily identify what documents you still need to pass.

Step 3:
The forms and documents of the competent authorities certifying that you are:
• Have completed training for a nurse/technician or midwife
• You have an active license
• Pre-registered with the competent chamber
• Worked in the profession in the home country of registration
Groups 1 and 2 should forward a Verification (CCPS) which clearly states which EU directives your education meets. This document is provided by the authority where you are registered. Group 3 sends this document to the competent authority for completion and further submits the form to the Irish Chamber.
Groups 2 and 3 should provide a document confirming the timeframes of the theoretical and practical part of the training that you have undergone and a description of the overall training process or programs that you have undergone. These groups also need references from employers (more specifically, superiors) from the departments you have worked with for the past 12 months. The documentation should also be in English.

Step 4:
n this step, the NMBI verifies the documentation received, compares it with the health standards in the EU / EEA, as well as in Ireland, and also has rights to verify the check the authenticity of the documentation with the authorities and supervisors.

Step 5:
The final decision has arrived. NMBI will send you a decision letter detailing one of the 4 possible outcomes of your application:

1. Possibility of registration
If you meet all the requirements, NMBI will send you a letter requesting payment of the registration fee. You receive a certificate that you are registered with the NMBI 7 to 10 days after payment, and the certificate contains your registration information, code and division. You should always keep the original document.
2. Additional information is required
NMBI will explain to you in detail what documents or information are required in order to be able to register.
3. Request for a period of adaptation or taking additional tests prior to registration
Depending on your educational background, NMBI may require that you spend some time under supervision in an institution in Ireland and the process may take 6 to 12 weeks. From the date of receipt of the decision letter, you have 12 months during which it is necessary to find a position in a licensed institution (NMBI also sends you a list of accepted institutions). During this time, you are instructed on how to register as a candidate for registration and receive a certificate for a candidate.
4. Refusal of registration
If your request is unfortunately denied, NMBI will give you a detailed explanation of the reasons for the rejection, as well as certain deficits that they consider to be key to your registration process.

We hope that these guidelines have helped you and that you have been encouraged to register in the Register of Nurses, Technicians and Midwives in Ireland. We wish you good luck and will be happy to assist you if you require further information 🙂

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