How to register with NMBI in Ireland

How to register with NMBI

The information below is a step by step guide for the registration process of general nurses.

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.

Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

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, you can 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 to NMBI, 18/20 Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin, Ireland.

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

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.

Step 5

Once 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 on the back)

Please note NMBI will not be able to return any of the documents you have submitted.

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.

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.

Step 6:

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 a member of.

Which Group do you belong to?

Which of the following best describes you? Your Group
I trained as a general nurse or midwife
in the European Union (EU) or European
Economic Area (EEA)I meet the automatic recognition or
acquired right provisions of the Directive
Group 1
I trained as a general nurse or
midwife in the EU or EEAI am seeking recognition under the
“general system” provision of the Directive
Group 2
I trained in the EU or EEA in a division
other than general nursing or midwifery
Group 2
I trained outside the EU or EEA Group 3

Please note, if you If you are a Group 3 applicant and if English is not your first language or primary language of expression, you will need to demonstrate that you can speak English. NMBI only accepts International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test as evidence of English language competency. NMBI will only accept the minimum scores in the IELTS Academic Test.

IELTS Academic Test Minimum scores
Listening 6.5
Reading 6.5
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Overall 7.0

The Transcript of Training form:

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 Employers reference form

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.

REGISTRATION WITH EPC

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.

Step 7

Once NMBI have assessed your pack and supporting documents, a decision will be issued. If you belong to Group 1 and everything is satisfactory, 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.

The possible outcome of assessments are:

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