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Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) Test of Competence

ANNOUNCEMENT July 2020 – Reopening of the Competence Test Centre

Dear Candidate the Nursing and Midwifery Council have announced that all three Competence Test Centres (CTC) will reopen on Monday 20th July 2020 and bookings can be made from 2nd July 2020.

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For general information, please visit the NMC website.

Reopening FAQs

For previous announcements, please see our announcement archive.

We provide Part two of the NMC’s Test of Competence for nurses and midwives seeking registration with the NMC. We have a designated test centre at our Innovation Centre, located directly opposite Northampton Train Station.

To understand our processes, please refer to the candidate journey document that is available to download.

We are aware that some organisations and consultancies are offering OSCE preparation training sessions for candidates for Part two of the Test of Competence. Please be aware that by attending these courses you do so at your own discretion. These training sessions are not endorsed or approved by either the University of Northampton or the NMC and could prepare you inaccurately for the exam.

We have developed a downloadable guide book to help you prepare for your exam.

As part of the review of the overseas registration process we have listened to feedback from applicants, employers and recruiters about how we best support applicants taking the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

As a result, we’re pleased to let you know that in conjunction with all three test centres we have revised and updated our test supporting materials.

The Top Tips document is available on NILE in the ‘All Candidates’ section.  Further documents will be available in the next upcoming weeks.

We’ll review the guidance document regularly, so candidates need to check NILE regularly to make sure they are using the latest version.

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The University of Northampton Innovation Centre
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