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Migration Skills Assessment and Registration for Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses

Migration Skills Assessment and Registration for Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses

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Medical and health professionals are always in demand in Australia. To apply for an Australian visa via the General Skilled Migration programme (which includes the Skill – Independent Subclass 189 visa, the Skill – Nominated Subclass 190 visa and the Skill – Regional Sponsored Subclass 489), a positive skills assessment is required. Skills assessments for health professionals can be complicated and confusing as registration with the relevant health authority in Australia is required before a positive skills assessment result can be issued.

We constantly receive repeated queries about the migration skills assessment and registration requirements from overseas nurses and midwives, as well as from international students who are completing nursing studies in Australia. As such we hope to provide more helpful information in relation to the topic at hand.

In this article we will be looking at the registration process for registered nurses, enrolled nurses and midwives, as part of the process of obtaining a positive skills assessment for migration purposes. The questions we will be answering include:

What is the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)? How is it different from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)?

ANMAC is responsible for making an assessment on an applicant’s work experience and qualifications to determine the applicant’s suitability for skilled migration. A health professional would obtain the migration skills assessment from ANMAC before lodging a visa application.

NMBA is the registration body in Australia which manages the registration of nurses and midwives in Australia. It is compulsory for nurses and midwives to be registered in Australia. You cannot work in Australia as a nurse or midwife unless you are registered with NMBA. NMBA also sets policies and standards for the nursing and midwifery profession. You can find out more about the NMBA from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website here.

In other words you will need to:

  • apply for the skills assessment with ANMAC to apply for Australian work visas or the General Skilled Migration visas; and
  • apply for registration with NMBA to work as a nurse or midwife in Australia.

So where do I start to have my skills assessed as a nurse or midwife?

Nurses and Midwives flowchart

The migration skills assessment is processed by ANMAC. The key point to note is that ANMAC offers different pathways for the migration skills assessment. The different pathways are:

  • Full skills assessment
  • Modified skills assessment

If you have registration with NMBA you can apply for a modified skills assessment. It is advisable to obtain registration with NMBA first and apply via the ANMAC modified skills assessment because of the following reasons:

  1. You automatically meet the assessment standards for the modified skills assessment if you are registered with NMBA
  2. You do not need to provide English test results if you are already registered with NMBA
  3. ANMAC only accepts IELTS or OET for the full skills assessment whereas NMBA accepts IELTS, OET, PTE Academic and TOEFL iBT for registration
  4. You can combine scores of TWO English exam sittings to meet the English requirements for registration with NMBA (ANMAC only accepts scores in a single sitting)
  5. A modified skills assessment costs A$330 whereas a full skills assessment costs A$900

What are the English requirements for NMBA?

For initial registration with the NMBA you can use different English exams to demonstrate the meeting of English requirements for the registration. The scores required for the different English exams are listed below. You should note that as mentioned above, you can COMBINE scores from two sittings of the same exam, as long as they are within a six-month period.

You can meet the English requirements for registration with NMBA without taking an English exam but you will need to show education in English and work in one of the following recognised countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom, or
  • United States of America.

The following is a detailed description of what scores are required for the different English exams accepted by NMBA.

IELTS Academic Module

Minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking

If combining scores from two sittings, the following is required:

  • The two exam sittings are within a 6-month period
  • Both exams achieved a minimum overall score of 7
  • There are no components in the two exams with a score lesser than 6.5
  • By using the two exam results you will have a minimum score of 7.0 in all components

Examples:

 

Writing

Reading

Listening

Speaking

Average

Result

Test 1

6.5

6.5

7.0

8.0

7.0

Combined test scores meet registration standards

Test 2

7.0

7.0

7.5

6.5

7.0

 

Writing

Reading

Listening

Speaking

Average

Result

Test 1

6.5

6.5

7.0

8.0

7.0

Combined test scores cannot be used

Test 2

7.0

7.0

6.0

6.0

6.5

OET

Minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking)

If combining scores from two sittings, the following is required:

  • The two exam sittings are within a 6-month period
  • All four components were tested for the two exams taken
  • There are no components in the two exams with a score lower than C
  • By using the two exam results you will have a minimum score of B in all components

Examples:

 

Writing

Reading

Listening

Speaking

Result

Test 1

C

C

B

B

Combined test scores meet registration standards

Test 2

B

B

A

C

 

Writing

Reading

Listening

Speaking

Result

Test 1

C

C

B

B

Combined test scores cannot be used

Test 2

B

B

C

D

PTE Academic

Minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking)

If combining scores from two sittings, the following is required:

  • The two exam sittings are within a 6-month period
  • Both exams achieved a minimum overall score of 65
  • There are no components in the two exams with a score lower than 58
  • By using the two exam results you will have a minimum score of 65 in all communicative skills

Examples:

 

Writing

Reading

Listening

Speaking

Average

Result

Test 1

58

58

65

79

65

Combined test scores meet registration standards

Test 2

65

65

73

58

65

 

Writing

Reading

Listening

Speaking

Average

Result

Test 1

58

58

65

79

65

Combined test scores cannot be used

Test 2

65

65

50

50

58

TOEFL iBT

Minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:

  • 24 for listening
  • 24 for reading
  • 27 for writing, and
  • 23 for speaking

If combining scores from two sittings, the following is required:

  • The two exam sittings are within a 6-month period
  • Both exams achieved a minimum overall score of 94
  • Minimum score of 24 for Listening, 24 for Reading, 27 for Writing, 23 for Speaking across the two sittings
  • For the two sittings all sections are at the minimum score or above:
    • 20 for Listening
    • 19 for Reading
    • 24 for Writing
    • 20 for Speaking

Examples:

 

Writing

Reading

Listening

Speaking

Total

Result

Test 1

24

19

24

27

94

Combined test scores meet registration standards

Test 2

27

27

20

20

94

 

Writing

Reading

Listening

Speaking

Total

Result

Test 1

24

19

24

27

94

Combined test scores cannot be used

Test 2

27

27

19

19

92

The additional choices for English exams and the ability to combine test scores from two different sittings are huge advantages for registering with NMBA when compared with the criteria for a standard migration skills assessment with ANMAC.

Therefore as a nurse or midwife, the first step you should take is to find out the registration process with NMBA. You can find out more here. Alternatively, contact Work Visa Lawyers to make an appointment and have your visa options assessed.

I have the required English exam results. What else is required for the NMBA registration?

Other than meeting the English requirements, applicants will also need to show the following:

  • Your qualification makes you eligible to apply for registration to practise as a registered nurse in the country where you completed the program of study
  • The education institute and study programme needs to externally accredited during the period of studies (If you are unable to meet this requirement, you may be referred to an NMBA-approved bridging program to facilitate the meeting of this requirement)
  • Your nursing qualification is deemed to be equivalent to an Australian nursing bachelor’s degree
  • Your overseas study programme included a minimum of 800 hours of supervised workplace experience in an actual practice setting
  • Confirmation from your education institute that you have, as part of your study programme, completed an assessment in medication management for the following:
    • Administration of medication
    • Pharmacokinetics
    • Pharmacodynamics

It is possible for Work Visa Lawyers to conduct a preliminary assessment as to whether you will be able to meet the requirements for registration with NMBA, before you begin the registration process. If you are keen to find out more about your options, please contact us to arrange an appointment.

Comments by Chris Johnston – Principal Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent at Work Visa Lawyers

Health professionals are always asked to obtain registration in Australia first before they can receive a suitable skills assessment for their Australian skilled visa application. While the assessment and registration process can be confusing with two different agencies managing the profession, this article is produced with the aim of simplifying and explaining the necessary steps.

The English requirements of registration with NMBA is more advantageous for potential migrants with more English exams being accepted as well as the option to combine scores from 2 separate sittings. Nurses and midwives are strongly encouraged to register with NMBA first before submitting a migration skills assessment with ANMAC.

Do note that a positive skills assessment is only part of the Australia visa application requirements. Applicants will need to meet other criteria such as age, qualifications, English, work experience, health and character. Depending on the points total and occupation a state nomination may be required as well.

As such always check and verify that you meet all requirements before submitting a visa application. Be in touch with Work Visa Lawyers if you require such professional services.

This information is accurate on 6 January 2016

Source:

  1. http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx
  2. http://www.anmac.org.au/nurse-or-midwife-registered-australia-or-new-zealand
  3. http://www.anmac.org.au/faqs
  4. https://www.ahpra.gov.au/

 

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