Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia - Information for registered nurses

Information for registered nurses

COVID-19 and the current impacts:

Registered Nurse MCQ – Some Pearson VUE testing centres may have limited or suspended services, for further information please contact the Pearson VUE Customer Service team.

Registered Nurse OSCE – Internationally based candidates may not be able to participate in the OSCE at this time due to government mandated COVID-19 travel restrictions. As the OSCE is only delivered in Adelaide, South Australia, internationally located candidates will be required to have an approved entry visa into Australia to participate. For more information on Australian entry visas and travel restrictions, please visit: COVID-19 and the Border – Travel restrictions and exemptions.

MCQ for registered nurses

The RN Nurse MCQ Examination is coordinated in conjunction with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and is delivered by Pearson VUE using the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses.

Once your portfolio has been approved, your IQNM dashboard tracker will update and you will be advised to register and pay the exam fee with Pearson VUE for the NCLEX-RN via the NCSBN website.

After your registration is completed, the IQNM exams team will confirm your eligibility to sit the NCLEX-RN exam and you will receive an authorisation to test email from Pearson VUE. Once you are authorised to test you can contact Pearson VUE to book your examination location, date and time.

Candidates who are eligible to sit the MCQ will be advised of available locations once you contact Pearson VUE to complete their registration to sit the examination.

The MCQ fee must be paid prior to confirming your examination date. The registration fee amount is $200 USD per sitting.

Candidates that are sitting in an international centre, will also need to pay an additional International Scheduling fee (+value added tax where applicable) of $150 USD. 

The NCLEX-RN Score Transfer Process allows candidates, who have passed the NCLEX-RN but have not obtained registration, to transfer their score from one nursing regulatory body to another.

Applicants for general registration with the NMBA will only be required to complete the NCLEX-RN Score Transfer Process if they:

  • Were not authorised by Ahpra to complete the NCLEX-RN and
  • Did not obtain registration/licensure with the nursing regulatory body that authorised them to complete the NCLEX-RN.

If you need to transfer your score, you must do this before you apply for registration. To transfer your score, you will need to email a request to the to the nursing regulatory body that authorised you to complete the NCLEX-RN. The request must be:

  • Addressed to both the nursing regulatory body that authorised you to complete the NCLEX-RN and Ahpra, and
  • Include:
    • Your name, date of birth, NCLEX candidate ID and signature, and
    • The purpose of the transfer.

For example:


Nursing regulatory body

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
GPO Box 9958

To whom it may concern:

I, <your name>, was made eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensing examination through the <insert nursing regulatory body> and have successfully passed that examination. My details are:

Full name: <insert>

Date of birth: <insert>

Candidate ID number: <insert>

I am requesting that my NCLEX-RN Examination Pass Notice Results be transferred from the <insert nursing regulatory body> to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for the purpose of applying for registration as a registered nurse in Australia.

<insert your name and signature>

* Please note that score transfer requests may take up to six (6) weeks to process and complete.


OSCE for registered nurses

Your MCQ result will be recorded within your record in the IQNM database. If you have passed the MCQ, your IQNM dashboard will advise you that you are eligible to sit the OSCE. At this time it will also advise you to pay the OSCE fee.

Once your fee payment has been received, the IQNM exams team will contact you in relation to upcoming dates for OSCE examinations.

The OSCE is delivered at Adelaide Health Simulation (AHS) in Adelaide, South Australia.

No contact should be made to Adelaide Health Simulation in relation to the OSCE. All queries should be directed to the IQNM exams team.

The fee amount is $4000 AUD per sitting. The OSCE fee must be paid prior to confirming your examination date. 


For more information regarding the IQNM candidate journey please use the below linked documents:

Page reviewed 15/02/2021