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Requirements for NMBI Registration

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) is a statutory body that ensures the quality and integrity of nursing and midwifery practices. NMBI has specific standards for education, registration, and professional conduct of nurses and midwives for maintaining this practice.

 

There are ample job opportunities and better career potential for overseas nurses and midwives in Ireland who are eligible for NMBI registration. In addition, the nursing career in Ireland offers attractive salary packages as well as further benefits.

 

An applicant must meet various standards in order to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). 

Education Requirements

A degree or diploma in nursing that has a duration of a minimum of three years is required to apply for nursing jobs in Ireland. A specialised Education Assessor will be evaluating the transcripts of the programme in order to ensure that the training and syllabus meet the standards of NMBI.

 

Requirements for English Language Proficiency

 

Every applicant must meet the English language requirements of NMBI as language competence is a critical aspect of patient safety. Communication is defined as speaking, reading, listening and writing. Applicants must provide evidence that confirms their level of competence meets the requirements in all four divisions of communication.

 

There are three pathways to prove the applicant's English proficiency.

 

Pathway 1: Trained in English in an 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.

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NMBI Recognised Countries

  • Australia

  • Canada

  • New Zealand

  • The United States of America

  • United Kingdom

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Required Evidence

A letter on letterhead or an email from the applicant’s training institution enfolding the following: 

  • The location of the training institution 

  • The name of the training programme attended 

  • The dates of attendance 

  • Confirmation that the course was taught and assessed in English 

Pathway 2: Registered and Practised in an NMBI Recognised Country

Applicants must be able to prove that they have three years of post-registration practice within the last five years in one of the recognised countries.

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NMBI Recognised Countries

  • Australia

  • Canada

  • New Zealand

  • The United States of America

  • United Kingdom

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Required Evidence

A letter on letterhead or an email from the applicant’s training institution enfolding the following: 

  • The location of the training institution 

  • The name of the training programme attended 

  • The dates of attendance 

  • Confirmation that the course was taught and assessed in English 

Pathway 3: English Language Tests 

The applicant must clear either the International English Language Test System (IELTS) Academic or Occupational English Test (OET) with scores that meet NMBI requirements. 

 

Please note that:

  • NMBI only accepts IELTS Academic or OET as evidence of English language competency

  • The test results must be less than two years old

  • The applicant must provide IELTS Academic Test Report Form (TRF) number OR OET Candidate Number

  • NMBI will not accept combined results and will independently verify the scores of each applicant

  • If an applicant applies without meeting the English language competence requirements, the assessment fee will not be refunded.

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Important Information

 

  • Do not submit an application for registration until you have earned the requisite IELTS Academic or OET score.

  • The assessment cost is non-refundable if you submit an application but do not meet the English proficiency standards.

  • IELTS and OET test scores older than two years are not accepted by the NMBI. The candidate must retake the IELTS or OET if their exam scores have expired.

  • The candidate must provide IELTS Academic Test Report Form (TRF) number OR OET Candidate Number.

  • NMBI will independently verify each score.

  • NMBI accepts only a single test score (one sitting) and does not accept combined scores.

  • NMBI only accept test taken on a computer in a test centre and does not accept tests taken at home.

  • NMBI processes applications chronologically on a first-come-first basis. Hence, the organisation does not fast-track applications for any reason.