How to register with NMBI
The information below is a step by step guide for the registration process of general nurses. It is applicable for those whose qualifcation meets EU standards.
We hope you will find this information helpful, but if you have any questions, please contact us and we will respond as soon as possible.
If you send us your up-to-date CV, highlighting the qualifications and making sure you have included the dates when you started and completed your studies, the name of the qualification you received, we then will be able to let you know if you meet the European directives and what steps you will need to take to register. Please also include any post qualification experience gained with the most accurate details.
The second step in the process is to order the application pack. This can not be done online at this time and must be done by mail.
Once you’ve downloaded the registration request form, please print it and complete it. You will need to use a black pen and use capitals letters.
To register as a general nurse with NMBI (formerly ABA) a registration fee of €350 is to be paid at the beginning of the process. This can be done by filling in the details of your credit card in the box provided on the registration request form itself.
Once completed, the form must be returned – by post – to NMBI, 18/20 Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin, Ireland. (You cannot submit this form online at present.)
You will receive the NMBI application pack within 3-4 weeks of making the payment. A unique identification number is given to each application, which you will find in the top right corner. Please quote this number every time you want to communicate with NMBI.
Read the pack carefully to make sure you fully understood, what you need to do on each page.
You can also call us if you have any questions or use the link below to request a call back.
We suggest that you copy this forms first and fill in pages 1-16 on the copy of the form. You can give us a call or send us a scanned copy to verify everything before you fill in the actual application pack.
Once it has been verified and confirmed, that there are no errors or missing information, you can then complete the original pack received from NMBI. You will also need the following supporting documents:
- Original or certified copy of your birth certificate
- Original certified translation of the birth certificate (if birth certificate is not in English)
- Certified copy of your passport
- Original or certified copy of your marriage certificate / divorce decree (if your name on any of the above documents is different to your name on the birth certificate)
- 1 passport photo (with your name and NMBI reference number written on the back)
Please note NMBI will not be able to return any of the documents you have submitted.
There are additional forms included in your application pack. Depending on which Group you belong to according to NMBI, you will have to provide additional information.
Assuming you meet EU directives, you will need Verification form(s) only. Certificate of conformity (EU certificate) and CCPS (Certificate of Current Professional Status) from your country of training. NMBI requires the original documents and the certified translations (if applicable) to be sent from source directly to NMBI at 18/20 Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin, Ireland.
If you are registered as a nurse in other countries also, you will have to request a CCPS certificate from every Nursing Board you are/were a member of.
This applies to Group 2 and 3 applicants only.
As part of the education assessment of the registration application process NMBI needs to verify your nursing or midwifery training with the Higher Education Institution(s) where you completed your nursing or midwifery programme.
To do this, they require that the institution(s) where you trained provides NMBI directly with a fully completed Transcript of Training Form(s) for the division(s) of the Register you have applied for. There are separate forms for each division of the Register. Based on the information you provide in the Overseas Registration Request Form, they will provide one or several Transcript of Training Forms. The form or forms will be provided in your Overseas Registration Application Pack. You must forward the form(s) to the correct institution(s) for completion.
The Head of Nursing/Midwifery Education must sign the completed form and return by post directly to NMBI.
The European Professional Card (EPC) aims to further facilitate the free movement of professional in the EU and EEA. The card is intended to simplify the recognition of professional qualifications, enhance transparency for EU citizens and increase trust among authorities across the EU.
For overseas applicants, the EPC affects Group 1 applicants only. From January 2016, nurses responsible for general care can apply for the recognition of their qualification in EU countries through the Internal Market Information System (IMI).
Applying for an EPC
The EPC is not a physical card, but rather electronic proof that you have passed administrative checks and that your professional qualifications are recognised by the host country.
If you are a nurse responsible for general care and wish to apply for an EPC, you must do so through the EU’s online portal, the IMI. The EPC relates only to the recognition of professional qualifications and does not give you the right to practice as a nurse responsible for general care in Ireland.
This applies to Group 2 and 3 applicants only.
NMBI needs to evaluate your work experience as part of the registration application process. They require your current employer to provide a professional reference covering the previous 12 month period from the date of your application to NMBI.
If you have been at your current place of employment for less than 12 months, you will need another employer to also provide a professional reference to cover the required 12 month period.
The Employer Reference Form must be completed and signed by one of the following:
• Director of Nursing/Midwifery or
• Matron or
• Nurse/Midwife Manager
If anyone else signs the Employer Reference Form, a full written explanation must be provided stating why one of the individuals above has not authorised the reference.
The decision letter issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) will detail one of four possible outcomes of the assessment process:
- Eligible for registration
- Further information required
- Required to successfully complete a period of adaptation and assessment/Aptitude Test before we can register you
- Refused registration
If you are eligible for registration, NMBI will send you a letter requesting a payment of €145 to complete the registration process. When payment is made, you will be active on the register within 10 working days. Your initial unique 6 digit reference number is your PIN number.
An Annual Retention Certificate (PIN certificate) and Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics booklet will be posted to you on completion of the process. From here on you will be requested to pay an annual membership fee, which is currently €100 to remain on the NMBI register.
If you are given a letter requesting an “adaptation and assessment/Aptitude Test” means that you need to successfully complete a supervised placement in an Irish health care facility, before you can be registered or successfully complete the Aptitude Test. This decision is taken based on the education assessment.
This decision is taken:
- If the theory and clinical content or hours of your overall nursing or midwifery education falls short of NMBI requirements
- Where you have enough hours or appropriate content to allow you to complete a period of adaptation and assessment.
More information: http://www.rcsi.ie/overseasaptitudetest