Information about how to apply for the RCSI Overseas Aptitude Test is available below.
Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery
Information about how to apply for the RCSI Overseas Aptitude Test is available below.
All future test dates are provisional.
When one test closes, the next one opens. A test typically opens approximately 3.5 months in advance to afford time to complete the necessary steps below.
|Possible Theory/MCQ||Possible Practical/OSCE||Possible repeat Practical/OSCE|
|2 October||3 October||16 October|
|3 October||9 October||30 October|
|9 October||10 October||30 October|
|30 October||31 October||20 November|
|6 November||7 November||27 November|
|20 November||21 November||11 December|
|27 November||28 November||11 December|
|28 November||4 December||18 December|
|4 December||5 December||18 December|
|22 January 2022||23 January 2022||12 February 2022|
|23 January 2022 (postponements)||29 January 2022 (postponements)||12 February 2022|
|12 February 2022||13 February 2022||5 March 2022|
|5 March 2022||6 March 2022|
|2 April 2022||3 April 2022|
Apply to the NMBI for a recognition of qualifications, which involves comparison of your qualifications with the Irish education standards and requirements.
One of the compensation measures is the RCSI FNM Aptitude Test for Overseas Nurses.
Before you apply for a place on the test you are strongly encouraged to fully familiarise yourself with all of the information contained on these webpages. You should consider if you are: a) eligible to take the test; b) ready/prepared to take the test; and c) interested in taking the test.
You will need to complete an online application and upload four documents with your application:
Your application is processed within three working days and you are contacted via email. If satisfactory, an invitation is sent for a place on the next available test.
To allow for the next steps to be met and to allow for travel and other arrangements, each test opens approximately 15 weeks in advance. The RCSI FNM recommends that this period of 15 weeks should be utilised by the applicant in preparing for the test.
Only one test is open at a time and as soon as one test closes the next one opens.
If you require it, application is made (without delay) for an Atypical Working Scheme (AWS) letter of approval. Provided all required documentation is submitted in a satisfactory manner this can take a minimum of four weeks. RCSI cannot answer any queries in relation to immigration requirements; please refer to immigration.
Application should be made, without delay, for an entry visa. Supporting documents required may include your NMBI decision letter and your AWS letter of approval. RCSI cannot answer queries in relation to immigration requirements, including employment needs, please refer to immigration. Provided all required documentation is submitted in a satisfactory manner this can take a minimum of eight weeks.
By 17 days prior to your test date you will receive an email with information and a confirmation booking form. To secure your place on the test, you must return the completed confirmation booking form no later than 12 days prior to the test. If a confirmation booking form is not received by the due time and date, then the applicant is postponed to the postponement test date on the timetable.
The list for each test is finalised with the NMBI ten days in advance of a test. Therefore, no additions can be made to the test list within 10 days of a test.
To avoid unnecessary test date changes, please consider the following:
To allow for the various processes required between receiving an invitation to the test and the date of your test, a test opens on average 3.5 months in advance. To avoid unnecessary postponements, each applicant must carry out frequent checks, including:
Applicant checks regarding quarantine/isolation, COVID-19 testing and other requirements
For the purpose of the RCSI FNM Overseas Aptitude Test, an applicant is strictly considered by RCSI as a healthcare worker (HCW) in relation to quarantine/isolation and COVID-19 testing requirements. This is the case whether or not an applicant has an employer (public or private) in the Republic of Ireland.
An applicant must adhere to the Health Service Executive (HSE) requirements for HCWs that are current at the time of the test.
An applicant is responsible for ensuring that they are familiar with the most current HSE requirements including any change in the lists of countries that have/have not an 'emergency brake' applied (designated and non-designated countries).
Derogations as referenced in the HSE document do not apply to the Overseas Aptitude Test.
Applicants are advised to check with their prospective employer if there is any requirement beyond that detailed by the HSE.
RCSI cannot answer any queries regarding HSE requirements.
An applicant must not present for any part of the Aptitude Test if they:
An applicant must:
Please note that confirmation of an Overseas Aptitude Test date must be submitted by an applicant to RCSI on or before 12 days prior to the test date. This confirmation includes that the applicant will strictly adhere to the HSE quarantine/isolation and COVID-19 testing requirements and RCSI FNM requirements.
Failure by an applicant to adhere to the HSE requirements and RCSI FNM requirements will have consequences including prevention from attending the Overseas Aptitude Test at that time.
In the case where an applicant is arriving into the Republic of Ireland only to do the Overseas Aptitude Test and then returning home, all of the above applies but the possibility of needing to repeat the test must also be considered.
For more information, see HSE Quick Guide for Healthcare Worker (HCW) Management and Returning From Travel and New Entry HCWs Information Leaflet.
What to bring to the test
Ongoing postponements continue to be an issue. If there is a high number of postponements for a test, then it will be cancelled and an alternative date will be offered.
Process regarding postponements
Change in agent/prospective employer
If an applicant changes agent and/or employer, then the following process must be followed:
Please note: An applicant can only have one application at a time for the test.
Change in passport details
If you change your passport after you apply for the test, please do not email RCSI about it. Photocopy the biog/photo page of both passports, staple them together and bring them to the theory part of the test.
Not fit to attend test
After receiving the reminder email, if an applicant is unfit to attend the allocated test date, they are placed on a holding list and the following process must be followed:
When received, an invitation for the next available space will be sent. Please note: it is not possible to predict or guarantee when a space will become available.
If the applicant is not ready to come off the holding list after three weeks, they will be moved to a postponement test date.
Wait list – application for earlier test date
|Application to go on a wait list for an earlier test date|
|1: NMBI Reference Number|
|2: RCSI number|
|3: Applicant name|
|5: Prospective employer|
|6: Is applicant now in Ireland? (Yes or No)|
|7: Is applicant now ready to travel to Ireland? (Yes or No)|
|8: Does applicant have Entry Visa? (Yes or No)|
|9: Does applicant have ATWS? (Yes or No)|
|10: Current test date|
|11: Specific earlier test date/s requested (must be highly likely will make the test date and that there is sufficient time to prepare for the test)|
|12: How many weeks in advance do you need the invitation for the preferred earlier test date?|
|13: Additional comments, if required|
If any aspect of your application changes, please email email@example.com.
Results of the theory test are issued via email by 9pm on the day of the test. If you are successful in the theory test, you are invited to the OSCEs/practical test. Unless specifically requested, you do not need to bring any documentation with you.
Results of OSCEs/practical test are issued via email by 2pm on the Tuesday following the test. If you pass then your results are sent to the NMBI, where you can then progress with your registration.
If either part of the test is failed on the first attempt, then a proposed date for the repeat is offered. If an applicant fails either part of the test on the second attempt, then the NMBI is informed.
When an applicant successfully completes the RCSI FNM Aptitude Test for Overseas Nurses, NMBI is informed. NMBI then emails the applicant advising how to proceed with the application for registration as an RGN. The applicant can track the progress of the application via the MyNMBI online portal. The applicant must ensure that they have logged in to their account and updated their personal information to ensure that they receive this email. Please direct all further queries to NMBI. RCSI cannot answer any queries regarding registration with the NMBI. Click here for more information.
RCSI has now completed its communication regarding the Aptitude Test and wishes each applicant a happy and successful career.
If you have any queries, please: