Nursing and midwifery

NMCN Update Guidelines: Nigerian Nurses Must Work For 2 Years Post Qualification Before They Can Practice Abroad

According to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), Nigerian nurses and midwives must have at least two years of post-qualification work experience from the day their permanent practising licence is issued before their certificates may be certified by international nursing boards/councils.

The above information was disclosed in a circular titled Revised Guidelines for the Verification of Certificate(s) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria for Practice Abroad.

The council stated that nurses who apply with temporary licences will be flatly denied. Furthermore, it said that all applicants seeking relocation must have a valid practising licence that is at least six months from expiration.

The revised guidelines, expected to take effect on March 1, 2024, are intended to expedite the process and improvement in nurse educational and professional standards under global best practices. The council acknowledged that any pending verification applications before this revision will be handled following the preceding guidelines.

In accordance with the revised guidelines, the Council of Nursing will additionally require a letter of excellent standing from the applicant’s Chief Executive Officer and the previous nursing training institution they attended.

Kindly review the following crucial guidelines and requirements below:

  1. Eligible applicants must possess a minimum of two (2) years of post-qualification experience counted from the date of issuance of their permanent practising license. Applications with provisional licenses will be categorically rejected.
  2. The Council will require a Letter of Good Standing from the Chief Executive Officer of the applicant’s workplace and the last nursing training institution attended.
  3. Responses to these requests should be directed to the Registrar/CEO of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
  4. Applicants must hold an active practising license with at least six months remaining before expiration.
  5. Applicants are required to visit the official portal at to log in and start the verification application process by clicking on the dedicated link.
  6. A non-refundable fee per application must be paid through the portal for verification to Foreign Boards of Nursing. This fee covers the cost of courier services to the applicant’s training institution(s), place of work, and the respective Foreign Board.
  7. During the application process, applicants are instructed to upload Certificates of Registration only; Notification of Registration will not be accepted.
  8. Applicants will receive timely notifications via email and dashboard regarding the status of their verification application.
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