Am I eligible for acceptance into Lonsdale Education Center's CAP course?

Our entry criteria is that of the Nursing Council. We are a premium CAP course in New Zealand and pride ourselves on our high caliber of graduates. 


Our entry criteria is as follows:

  • Hold a current letter from the Nursing Council of NZ advising you to apply for a CAP 

  • Have worked for two+ years as an RN

  • Meet the NCNZ language criteria

  • Can provide a complete CV with any gaps in your history readily explained

How do I apply?

The only way that you can apply is directly through our website. Complete the online enrolment form and provide all the requested documents. We will ask you questions if necessary. If we don't get back to you within 3 weeks your application has not been successful. In 2022 we are changing our course access and if you pass the pre-enrolment test you will be able to book a place in the course automatically.


How do I know the dates for your courses?

Have a look at our website, under dates section.

Please note that we are reviewing our scheduling in 2022 and the booking of your course will be different from previously. 

How much will I pay for my course?

all courses including those in 2021 are paid in full and are subject to our current terms and conditions. 

As a consequence of the difficulties imposed on the business by COVID-19 restrictions we are changing our payment model. As of courses starting in March 2022 you can pay for each section of the course as you progress. You will need to pay each section before entering it. 

What do I do if my NCNZ letter is due to expire?

You need to contact the NCNZ directly and discuss/ask for an extension on your letter this is normally a smooth process and one you need to discuss with them not us. 

Do I need an agent to apply?

NO! You are able to apply on your own to our Education Centre. It is a straight forward process requiring you to complete our online enrolment form as long as you meet our entry criteria as mentioned above.

Do you have any agents that you recommend?

NO! We have no agents working on our behalf. Some people are telling us they have been told that the agents are saying they represent our business. This is a lie. Please do not believe them. You do not need an agent to apply to our course or come to New Zealand.

When do I need to let you know about my travelling arrangements?


When they are confirmed and if they change. 

What happens if I don't get to NZ in time to start my course?


You will be removed from the course you were expecting to attend and we will try to fit you in somewhere else. However, this maybe further in the year and there will be additional costs associated with this. We suggest you plan your flights to get here and be able to start your course on the day we are starting it. If you are are entering or exiting isolation bear in mind you may need an additional level of organization to simultaneously manage this at the same time as your foundation/assessments. Internet access is critical to the success of your foundation.

When do I apply for an International Criminal History Check (ICHC)? 

You apply for this through the Nursing Council of New Zealand website. please read their letter to you for further details. Don't wait until you finish your CAP course as this will hold up the release of your practicing certificate which can affect job applications. You can click on the button below to take you directly to the online form.

If you are still unsure of the process click on the below button which will take you to the Nursing Council of New Zealand's registration process algorithm. It also includes information regarding the ICHC check and when to apply.


Do I need to complete a NZ police vetting check? 

Please see the Nursing Council website for further details as this is their process.

Do I need to my two COVID-19 vaccinations before I come to New Zealand?

Yes you do. Clinical placements will not allow you to enter their premises without evidence of this. If you have had any vaccination other than the Pfizer one we use in New Zealand this will be adequate but you must provide evidence of the completed course. 

Do I need to provide any other medical information?

Yes you do. Clinical placements are now requiring that you are able to show evidence of various standard pre-employment blood levels. We recommend you contact us for further information. 

Do I need to have medical and travel insurance?

Yes, it is important that you come prepared with both medical and travel insurance. We do not provide you with these.  

Do I have access to medical help/prescriptions if I become unwell?

Yes, please contact your insurer for advice initially. You may be able to make an non-urgent appointment with the out of hours GP services in our region. It is unlikely it will be on the same day and you will need to transport yourself there and back and pay for any prescriptions and medical treatment in full before you leave the practice. This service will be available during working hours. If you need emergency services you can attend The Palms Medical Centre in Palmerston North or the emergency department at Palmerston North DHB. All of these services will have substantial fees. If you have a medical emergency you can call an ambulance, on 111.

We suggest you bring a large supply of any routine or PRN medications you use seeing a doctor obtaining your medications you customary take, may be more complicated than you may anticipate and will attract fees.

How do I arrange a bank account?

This is your responsibility entirely! We recommend you seek advice from the bank you choose before applying, and you must apply before you arrive in New Zealand in order to meet bank and visa requirements. Most banks will require that you prove where you are living and we suggest you bear this in mind because we cannot provide you with any document that does this. The other alternative to this is that you live with your family or friends and they support you (by giving you evidence that you live at their address) until you move into your own property. We suggest that you bring enough cash to survive on until you gain employment or you pre load an international money card with currency to use before you take up a permanent living arrangement.

What do I do if I have a question about my visa application?

There have been major changes to visa applications due to COVID-19. These changes are beyond our control. We recommend you regularly check the Immigration website for updates and information.

How do I navigate Immigration so my visa is not delayed and if it is what do I do?

It is important that you apply for your visa with plenty of time. Click the link below to see the expected NZ visa processing times. It would pay to allow for the maximum processing time so that you are not stressed about arriving in time to start the course with everyone else.

However, there are times where your visa might be held up due to matters beyond your control. We can, in these circumstances, contact Immigration NZ on your behalf to see which stage your application is at. In order for us to discuss your case with your immigration officer you must complete an INZ 1224 form see link below. No discussion will be allowed until this form has been uploaded.

How do I get to Foxton for my OSCE assessment?

Your OSCE assessment is booked through our administration team. You are not required to stay in Foxton for this but will need to turn up at the booked time at least 10 minutes prior. 


If you would like to stay in Foxton the night before there are a couple of accommodation options below.  

Where is the testing centre?

Please see the map provided on the home page. We are at 9 Ladys Mile, Foxton. NOT 14 Robinson Street, Foxton.

Do I need to wear a nurse uniform for my OSCE assessment?

Yes this is required, as you would have purchased this prior to arriving in NZ.

What uniform do I need for my clinical placement?

You will need to purchase 2 uniform tunics in your own country. We suggest you have them made or purchase them well before you come to NZ. You cannot rely on purchasing them when you get here and your placement will be held up if you do not have a uniform. The uniform tunic must be electric blue and a similar style to those in the poster link below.




Will I need to complete a 14-day Isolation prior to my OSCE assessment?

You will need to follow the regulations set by the NZ government at time of your arrival. This will be at your cost and arrangement.

What do I do if I test positive while in the isolation?

Inform cap@lonsdalehospital.co.nz immediately. ​Follow the instructions given to you in the isolation facility. We will adjust your OSCE and placement to best suit everyone's needs. Be reassured you will not be discriminated against by us. We expect to support you through your course, assuming you have followed all the requirements.