Nurses to Ireland

Nurses who are trained outside Ireland have to gain their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). For nurses trained outside of the EU or EEA, we will compare their training directly against NMBI’s requirements and standards for that division. Their applications will go through a full educational assessment.

To be eligible to apply for registration, nurses must:

  • Hold a current registration, or license without restriction, with the competent authority in the country in which they qualified or have been practicing.

  • Have practiced as nurses or midwives in the last five years.

  • Meet our language competence requirements.

  • Have completed extra courses leading to registration as a first level nurse,(if they hold the following qualifications: state enrolled nurse, state-certified nurse, licensed practical nurse, vocational nurse, nurse’s aide, and an associate degree in the United States).


  • Successful completion of a 3 year (or equivalent) undergraduate education or training program

  • IELTS academic score; Listening-6.5, Reading-6.5, Speaking-7, Writing-7, Overall-7.0

  • 12 Months post-registration practical experience


  • As a general nurse or a midwife, then nurses' training may meet the "automatic recognition route to registration" which is set out in the Directive.

  • If their training started on or after the country's reference date, it is likely that we will be able to automatically register them, provided that they submit the correct application documents and pay the relevant fees.