COVID-19: Update for applicants26 June 2020
A number of factors resulting from COVID-19 have necessitated changes to the test, including the need for social distancing and the requirement to increase capacity during this emergency period.
To contribute to frontline needs resulting from the current pandemic, capacity has increased by over 40% per test and there are currently 15 tests planned between April and August. Each test may have up to four consecutive dates (Thursday to Sunday) and these dates will appear on the invitation email.
Applicants need to be ready for any of the four days. However, three days prior to their test, each applicant will be emailed their specific two days: one for MCQ and one for OSCEs.
You can go on a wait list for an earlier test date only if you are currently in Ireland and will have completed your 14 days self-isolation before the test date or if you have an entry visa; plus you have a flight ticket; plus you will have completed your 14 days self-isolation before the test date.
Between September and December 2020, a maximum of eight tests are planned with the Theory/MCQ on one weekend and the Practical/OSCEs on the following weekend. The full timetable for the rest of 2020 is available on the website.
The NMBI Candidate Registration Certificate (CRC) is no longer required to take the Aptitude Test.
Regarding the notice on the COVID-19 section of the RCSI website, stating '… all RCSI professional exams, scheduled to take place up to the end of August 2020 ... will not take place' – Please note, this does not apply to the RCSI FNM Aptitude Test for Overseas Nurses.
Please note: Aspects pertaining to COVID-19 now form part of the Aptitude Test.
Working as a general nurse in the Republic of Ireland
In order to work as a nurse in the Republic of Ireland you must be on the active register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). If you trained outside the Republic of Ireland you must undergo a regulatory assessment by the NMBI. When the assessment by the NMBI is complete, the outcome may be:
To refuse registration
As a prerequisite to registration, you must successfully complete one of two compensation measures: (a): the RCSI Aptitude Test or (b): A period of adaptation and assessment.