Enliven’s Competency Assessment Programme

  • Course duration8 weeks
  • Course tuition fee$11,000.00 (incl. GST)
  • Classroom sessions based inLevin, Horowhenua
  • Nursing Council of New Zealand accredited courseYes
  • Next available intake17th March 2025 to 11th May 2025

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About our programme

Enliven’s Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) supports return to practice nurses and Internationally Qualified Nurses (IQN) to build on existing knowledge and skills to practice competently, confidently, and independently within the New Zealand health sector.

We provide a positive, supportive, and practical learning environment with best practice clinical and cultural learning opportunities. If you’re looking to start the next chapter of your nursing career in New Zealand (and have fun doing it) the Enliven CAP programme is for you.

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The Enliven CAP programme uses a student-centred teaching philosophy, which recognises the student’s prior learning as a foundation to the ongoing learning process. Together with the learning whānau and preceptors, students will build knowledge, skills and competencies for professional nursing practice in New Zealand.

The eight-week programme encompasses both theory and clinical components. The additional two weeks of the programme, compared to the industry standard of six weeks, consists of additional clinical hours to help you become industry-ready for opportunities working as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand.

There are five intakes per year:

  • 13th January 2025 to 9th March 2025 (Closed)
  • 17th March 2025 to 11th May 2025
  • 27th May 2025 to 20th July 2025
  • 4th August 2025 to 28th September 2025
  • 13th October 2025 to 7th December 2025

There are two modules that make up the Enliven CAP.

Kete Tuatahi Theory Module:

The theory module known as Kete Tuatahi, is delivered across two weeks and uses discussion, reflection, student presentations, e-learning modules along with individual and group assignments to support you to achieve learning outcomes.

Kete Tuara Clinical Module:

The clinical module known as Kete Tuarua, totals 240 hours of hands-on clinical practice over six weeks. It will provide students with a supportive environment to apply what students have learned in the theory module. Reflective journaling, case studies and Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) competency-related focus topics will enable students to successfully meet the learning outcomes for the programme.

During clinical placement, students will be allocated a preceptor who will orientate you to the clinical practice environment and work alongside you to meet your clinical practice goals and NCNZ competencies.

You must be an internationally qualified nurse with a Nursing Council of New Zealand approved qualification, or a New Zealand Registered nurse returning to practice to apply.


The Enliven Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) is accredited by the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

Course fees: $11,000.00

Indemnity insurance if not already in place, can be accessed through the New Zealand Nurses Organisation or the Nurses Society of New Zealand.

Accommodation is available on site for the two-week theory portion of the course. Alternatively, you can arrange your own accommodation off site if you wish.

While you undertake your clinical placement at an Enliven home your accommodation is provided onsite and is subsidised by Enliven.

Accommodation cost for theory module: $260 per week (2 weeks)

Accommodation cost for practical module: $220 per week (6 weeks)

Additional charges:

A $300 bond is required and will be returned at the end of the course provided no damage to property and equipment.

Travel costs if you choose alternative accommodation. Travel between placement site and classroom site is included in the above costs when candidates stay in accommodation provided by Enliven.

While attending classes and during your placement you will be required to wear a clean white shirt and black skirt or trousers with enclosed black shoes. You may wear a black or navy cardigan or jacket to class but once you commence practical work in the homes these should not be worn. You must source this yourself.

You will be provided with a laptop for use during the course. You will pay a bond for this which will be refunded at the end of the course when the laptop is returned.

Within the first two weeks after the course commences, you must complete a first aid certification from a certified New Zealand provider such as St Johns or Red Cross.

You must also provide evidence of appropriate insurance covering including travel, medical care and indemnity.

You can obtain indemnity insurance via NZNO and the New Zealand College of Nurses.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment offers a comprehensive website with information about nursing careers in New Zealand.

Visit the MBIE Website

We recommend any potential Enliven CAP students who enrol in our programme to avoid travelling to high-risk countries identified by New Zealand Department of Immigration: Brazil, India, Pakistan, and Papua New Guinea. View restrictions on high-risk travel.

Each applicant will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and we prefer that you travel from the country of residence you indicated in your application form.

We recommend any potential Enliven CAP candidates who enroll in our programme get up to date travel information from the New Zealand Government Covid-19 information website.

At Enliven, we create age-friendly communities where people are happy and thrive, regardless of their age or ability.

Our homes and villages are places where older people have companionship, choice, variety, fun, meaningful activity and a sense of belonging and purpose. As well as providing practical day-to-day support and quality clinical care, we take into account the physical, social, emotional and cultural needs of each person we support.

Enliven offers independent retirement living, rest home, hospital and dementia care. We also offer short-term care such as respite, health recovery care and day activity programmes as well as health support services such as modified Tai Chi classes, a continence service and an online e-commerce store with products for over 65s.

Our homes and villages can be found across Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu, Horowhenua, Wairarapa and the wider Wellington region.