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Registration with NMC

In order to practise as a nurse in the UK, you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). 

EU Applicants - click here to find out more

Non EU Applicants - click here to find out more

We assist our candidates at all stages of the registration process and, most importantly for you, our services are free of charge.

What does this process involve and how long will it take?

As the process is subject to changes, we recommend using the links above to make sure that you get the most accurate and up-to-date information directly from the NMC. 

The process can seem a little daunting at first, but with our years of experience and dedicated recruiters, you can be sure we'll make it as smooth as possible!

The timeframe varies for each individual case.  However, as a rough guide, it takes about 3 months for EU nurses and about 4-6  months for non-EU nurses.

Do I need to take an English test?

All nurses applying to join the NMC register must prove that they have sufficient English language skills to communicate effectively.  Broadly speaking, this means that if you were not trained in English, you will be required to take an English language test.

To assess your own individual circumstances, please click here to visit the NMC website for the most up-to-date information on their requirements.

NMC accept 2 different exams - OET (Occupational English Test) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System).  It is up to you which one you choose to do but your recruiter will be able to advise you. Please click here for full details of the minimum accepted scores for registration.

In addition to the requirements of the NMC, it is important for non-EU nurses to note that you will need to sit UKVI IELTS, as this is required for visa processing.  This can be a little confusing - don't worry.  Your recruiter will guide you and make sure you know what is needed and when. 

Frequently asked questions about NMC IELTS requirements

Further information about IELTS can be found here.

Further information about OET can be found here.

We recommend that all nurses prepare well for the exam.  Information on IELTS preparation training can be found here.

What does the NMC do?

The core function of the NMC is to establish and improve standards of nursing and midwifery care in order to serve and protect the public. Their key duties are to:


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