Joining the UK NMC register is an important step in your career as a nurse, midwife or nursing associate. Registration shows you meet the NMC’s standards for skills, knowledge, good health and good character to work in the UK.This comprehensive guide walks you through the entire NMC registration process, from eligibility criteria to submitting your application. Follow these 10 key steps to successfully register with the NMC:
- Step by Step Process of Becoming A United Kingdom Registered Nurse (UKRN)
- Requirements for International Nurses who want Register as A United Kingdom Registered Nurse (UKRN) with UK NMC
1. Check If You’re Eligible to Join the NMC Register
To register with the NMC, you must meet certain eligibility criteria. Carefully review the requirements before applying to avoid delays or rejection.
You can apply for NMC registration as a nurse if you:
- Hold an approved nursing qualification like a Bachelor’s degree
- Have good physical and mental health
- Have the necessary English language skills
- Meet the NMC’s good character requirements
To register as a midwife with the NMC you must:
- Hold an approved midwifery qualification
- Have practiced safely as a midwife within the last 5 years
- Meet the other standard NMC requirements around health, language and character
For Nursing Associates
Nursing associates must:
- Successfully complete an approved NMC nursing associate programme
- Meet the NMC standards for good health, English skills and character
Check the detailed eligibility criteria on the NMC website before proceeding.
2. Prepare All Required Supporting Documents
Registering with the NMC requires various supporting documents. Have these ready before you apply to avoid delays:
- Proof of identity – certified copies of passport/birth certificate/marriage certificates
- Evidence of good character – reference letters, disclosure and barring service (DBS) checks
- Proof of address – utility bills, bank statements, council tax letters etc.
- Qualification certificates – certified copies of your degrees or diplomas
- English language evidence – IELTS/OET certificate if trained overseas
- Passport photos – printed to NMC specifications
Thoroughly read the NMC document checklist so you submit everything correctly first time.
3. Create an Online NMC Account
You must open an NMC online account before applying to register. This allows you to track your application status.Visit the NMC website and click the “Create Account” button. Enter your personal and contact details during account creation.Choose a secure password and provide answers to security questions. This protects your account privacy.
4. Select the Correct Application Type
The NMC has different application routes depending on your circumstances. Choose the right one to avoid processing issues:
- UK trained – for nurses, midwives and nursing associates qualified in the UK
- EU/EEA trained – for applicants from the European Union or European Economic Area
- Internationally trained – for overseas qualified nurses and midwives
NMC advisors can help you identify the appropriate application if you’re unsure.
5. Start Your Online Application
Once logged into your NMC account, click the “Apply for registration” link. This opens the application portal. Select your application route then work methodically through each section providing information and documents as prompted.Expect to answer questions on your identity, health, character, qualifications, employment history and indemnity arrangements.
6. Pay the NMC Registration Fee
An £120 registration fee is payable when you submit your application. Have an approved payment method ready – debit/credit card or prepaid voucher.The application portal has an integrated payment system for fast and secure card transactions.
7. Book Your Computer-Based Test (CBT)
Overseas qualified nurses and midwives must pass the NMC’s CBT exam to demonstrate sufficient medical knowledge for UK practice.You’ll get a booking confirmation email after paying the registration fee. Use this to schedule your CBT appointment online. CBT centers are located across the UK. You must pass the exam before the NMC will approve your registration.
8. Receive Your Decision from the NMC
The NMC aims to process complete applications within 60 working days. However, it may take longer during peak periods.You’ll receive a decision email granting or refusing registration. Check your NMC account regularly for status updates.If unsuccessful, the NMC will explain reasons like insufficient supporting evidence so you can address any issues.
9. Confirm Your Registration Details
Applicants who meet the NMC’s standards are admitted to the register – congratulations!You’ll get a registration confirmation letter by email and post outlining your:
- Unique PIN – used to verify registered status
- Effective registration date
- Registration cycle details – reregistration reminders
Check all details are correct before practicing as a registered nurse, midwife or nursing associate.
10. Renew Your NMC Registration Every Year
Registrants must renew annually to remain on the NMC register. A £120 fee is payable.You’ll get a renewal reminder from the NMC one month before your registration lapses. Complete by the deadline to avoid removal from the register. Follow the NMC’s online renewal process – updating your employment status and confirming you still meet all registration standards.
Becoming NMC registered enables you to legally practice nursing, midwifery or nursing associate roles in the UK.Carefully follow the step-by-step application guidance outlined here for a smooth registration process.Check the NMC website or contact their advisors if you need extra support submitting your application. Once registered, remember to renew your status annually and always adhere to the latest NMC professional codes.