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NMC Application process timelines

Once the applicant has passed the NMC self-assessment eligibility stage, they have up to six months to successfully complete the first part of the test of competence. When this period expires, the application will close. Applicants have a maximum of two attempts (an initial sitting and a re-sit) to pass the CBT with a minimum of 28 days between each sitting. Applicants who fail both attempts need to wait a minimum of six months before they can reapply for registration. Results will be emailed to candidates within 48 hours of taking the examination. The exam fee must be paid in full each time. The CBT is valid for two years.

NMC advise applicants to start the assessment stage and provide documentation as soon as they have passed the CBT.

NMC aim to process the application within 60 days, once we have received all required documents.

If the applicant passes the assessment stage they will be invited to sit the OSCE in the UK.

Applicants must ensure that they are able to successfully complete the OSCE within two years of passing the CBT.

Applicants who applied before 6 April 2017 have a maximum of two attempts (an initial sitting and a full or partial re-sit) to pass the OSCE, with a minimum of 10 working days between the first and second attempts. If the applicant is unsuccessful after their permitted attempts, their application will close. They will be required to submit a new application but will not be able to sit the OSCE again for a minimum of six months.

Applicants applying from 6 April 2017 will have three attempts (an initial sitting, and two full or partial re-sits) at the OSCE, as part of one application.

If unsuccessful at their first OSCE, they must wait a minimum of 10 working days before they can take the examination again. If unsuccessful at their second OSCE, they must wait a minimum of three months, from the date of their second attempt, before they can take the OSCE for the third time.

If the applicant is unsuccessful after their permitted attempts, their application will close. They will be required to submit a new application but will not be able to sit the OSCE again for a minimum of six months.

OSCE results will be emailed to candidates within five working days of taking the examination.




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  1. Hello, wat if have the clinical experience of 2 years without registration in dat state…my registration certificate is of different state…will I be able to go ahead? Wat does the registration restriction certificate include?? Plzzz help…
    Thank you

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