Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
 

Accreditation requirements of the qualification assessment model

Criteria 2 and 3 of the qualification assessment model require that your education institution and program of study were accredited during the period of time that you studied. The NMBA’s specific requirements for criteria 2 and 3 are set out below.

Criterion 2

The education institution where you studied was externally accredited during the period when you undertook your studies.

That is, during the time you studied your education institution must have been:

  • subject to regular review by an external quality assurance agency and 
  • registered or accredited by that agency.

Criterion 3

Your program of study was externally accredited and provided successful graduates with a qualification in nursing/midwifery.

That is, during the time you undertook your program of study:

  • the program of study must have been subject to regular review within a system of external accreditation implemented by the relevant nursing and/or midwifery regulatory authority or agency and 
  • the program of study must have been accredited or recognised by that authority or agency and 
  • the system of external accreditation included the application of accreditation standards specific to nursing and midwifery education that are comparable to the current nursing and midwifery accreditation standards and system in Australia.

Information about the accreditation system and standards for nursing and midwifery education in Australia, including links to relevant documents, is published on the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) website

If your education institution or program of study were not subject to the type of regular external review described above, your qualification will not meet the qualification requirements.

AHPRA has conducted research into nursing and midwifery qualifications awarded by education institutions in a number of countries to establish whether or not they are likely to meet the accreditation requirements. The outcome of this research is described below.

We are continuing to conduct research on nursing and midwifery qualifications issued by education institutions in countries that are not listed below. We will update the information to include qualifications issued by education institutions in other countries as it becomes available.

The categories below do not apply to qualifications where the education institution and/or education program are subject to a system of regular external review by an agency operating outside the country where the applicant studied.

The NMBA has found that nursing and midwifery qualifications issued by education institutions in the countries listed below are likely to meet the requirements for criteria 2 and 3 because there are systems of regular external review (as described above) that have been in place for more than 10 years as part of the regulatory framework for education institutions and nursing education programs and are applied broadly to all education institutions offering nursing and/or midwifery qualifications:

  • Canada (nursing)
  • Hong Kong (nursing)
  • Republic of Ireland (nursing and midwifery) 
  • United Kingdom (nursing and midwifery)
  • United States of America (nursing and midwifery)

Applicants who hold a nursing or midwifery qualification issued by an education institution in any of the countries listed above should still arrange for the relevant supporting documentation to be sent directly to AHPRA from the education institution (for criterion 2) and the authority or agency responsible for the accreditation or recognition of your program of study (for criterion 3). This documentation is necessary to confirm that your particular qualification and education institution were accredited at the time you studied.

The NMBA cannot determine conclusively whether or not a nursing or midwifery qualification meets the requirements for criteria 2 and 3 unless this documentation is provided. If you do not provide this information the NMBA will determine that your qualification does not meet the requirements and you will not be registered.

See: Supporting documentation for us to assess your application.

The NMBA has found nursing and/or midwifery qualifications issued by education institutions in certain countries may meet the requirements for criteria 2 and 3 because:

  • some, but not all, education institutions and nursing education programs are subject to the systems of regular external review described above, and/or
  • the systems of regular external review of education institutions and/or nursing and/or midwifery education programs have been in place for less than 10 years.

Qualifications in this category include those completed in the following countries:

  • Belgium - Flanders region (nursing and midwifery) 
  • Chile (nursing)
  • Hong Kong (midwifery) 
  • Pakistan (nursing and midwifery) 
  • Papua New Guinea (nursing)
  • Singapore (nursing and midwifery)

Applicants who hold a nursing or midwifery qualification issued by an education institution in one of these countries are only required to arrange for the relevant supporting documentation if they believe their qualification does meet the requirements for criteria 2 and 3. The documentation must be sent directly to AHPRA from the education institution (for criterion 2) and the authority or agency responsible for the accreditation or recognition of your program of study (for criterion 3).

The NMBA will refuse you registration if your qualification does not meet the requirements for criteria 2 and 3 or you do not provide the relevant documentation. However, you may be referred to an NMBA-approved bridging program if your qualification meets criteria 1, 4, 5 and 7 and you meet all registration standards.

For more information please see: 

The NMBA has found nursing and midwifery qualifications issued by education institutions in the following countries are unlikely to meet the requirements for criterion 2 and/or criterion 3 because education institutions and/or nursing and/or midwifery education programs are not subject to systems of regular external review described above. The advice applies to both nursing and midwifery qualifications unless specified otherwise: 

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belgium (Walloon region)
  • Bosnia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada (midwifery)
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Norway (nursing)
  • Oman
  • Palestinian Territory, Occupied
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Swaziland
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden (nursing)
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Applicants who hold a nursing or midwifery qualification issued by an education institution in one of these countries are only required to arrange for the relevant supporting documentation if they believe their qualification does meet the requirements for criteria 2 and 3. The documentation must be sent directly to AHPRA from the education institution (for criterion 2) and the authority or agency responsible for the accreditation or recognition of your program of study (for criterion 3).

    The NMBA will refuse you registration if your qualification does not meet the requirements for criteria 2 and 3 or you do not provide the relevant documentation. However, you may be referred to an NMBA-approved bridging program if your qualification meets criteria 1, 4, 5 and 7 and you meet all registration standards.

    For more information please see:

     
     
     
     
    Page reviewed 2/02/2017