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We welcome your feedback. If you have questions or feedback on matters related to the registration and regulation of conduct of registered nurses and midwives in Singapore, you may wish to refer to the Frequently Asked Questions to see if your queries have already been addressed. For complaints, please refer here for more information.

Otherwise, please email your enquiry to: SNB@spb.gov.sg.

Registration

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Q1. I am a foreign-trained/ qualified nurse. How can I practise nursing in Singapore?

A1. Before you can practise as a nurse in Singapore, you must be registered with Singapore Nursing Board and you must have an offer of employment with an eligible healthcare institution in Singapore.  Please refer to this page for more information.

Q2. How do I apply for registration/ enrolment with SNB?

A2. Processes and requirements vary according to whether you have obtained your nursing qualification in Singapore or elsewhere.

1) For those who completed their pre-registration or pre-enrolment nursing education in Singapore (called Local Graduates), please refer here.

2) For those who obtained their pre-registration or pre-enrolment nursing education elsewhere (called Foreign-trained Nurses/ Midwives), please refer here.

Q3. How can I apply to sit for SNB’s Licensure Examination?

A3. For Foreign-trained Nurses/ Midwives, an application for registration must be submitted first. You may wish to refer to this page for more information.

When you are eligible to sit for SNB’s Licensure Examination, SNB will notify your employer human resources personnel managing your application.

Q4. How long will it take to process my application? How will I be notified on the outcome of my application?

A4. The average processing time is four (4) weeks, provided that the documentation is complete and in order. Longer processing time is expected if documents are not submitted or SNB requires more time to review a complex case, or when SNB is experiencing peak periods.

You will be notified via an email sent directly to you or via your employing human resources (HR) personnel. If your application is successful, we will also advise you on how to complete the registration process.

Please note that you are not allowed to commence your nursing/ midwifery practice in Singapore until you have been issued a valid practising certificate.

Q5. What is Conditional Registration/ Enrolment?

A5. This means that there are conditions limiting the nurse’s registration/ enrolment and practice. These conditions are stated on each nurse’s Certificate of Registration/ Enrolment.

Q6. I am given Conditional Registration, am I allowed to change employer and/or place of practice?

A6. Depending on the conditions limiting your registration/ enrolment (you may refer to the conditions stated on Certificate of Registration/ Enrolment), your prospective employer HR personnel will need to submit an application for Transfer of Conditional Registration/ Enrolment. The processes and requirements are available at this page.

Advanced Practice Nurse

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Q1. What is an Advanced Practise Nurse (APN)?

A1. The Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) is a protected title under Nurses and Midwives Act (Chapter 209), similar to Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives.  Please refer to this page for more information on the expected roles,  scope and competencies of an APN.

Q2. What are the eligibility criteria to be an advanced practise nurse (APN)?

A2. The requirements for certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Singapore depend on the country of APN qualification. You may refer to our website on  the eligibility and documentation requirements based on whether you are Local trained or Foreign trained.

Q3. How do I apply to be certified and registered as an APN?

A3. If you have just completed the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB) accredited Master’s in Nursing programme conducted at National University of Singapore, you may submit an online application. More information on this is available here

If you are a foreign trained/ qualified Advanced Practice Nurse/ Nurse Practitioner, you may refer to this page for information on the eligibility and documentation requirements.

Q4. I am currently practising as an APN and I wish to change employer, place of practice and/or scope of practice. How do I do so?

A4. SNB’s approval is required for any change to APN practice, please refer to this page for more information.

Q5. I have left APN practice for some time and I wish to return to APN practice. What should I do?

A5. There are a few issues to consider before you can return back to APN practice.  These are provided at this page.

Q6. I am a registered Nurse Practitioner in another country.  How can I apply to practise as an APN in Singapore?

A6. Information on certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Singapore are available at this page.

Update Particulars

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Q1. When do I need to inform SNB of changes to my personal particulars?

A1. You need to inform SNB (within 28 days of the change), if there is a change to your personal particulars:
a) Name
b) Address
c) Email Address
d) Telephone number
e) Employment and Place of Practice (only for nurses/ midwives on full registration)
f) Nationality/ Residency Status

For nurses/ midwives on conditional registration, please refer to this page or further information.

Q2. How do I update changes to my particulars?

A2. For any change to your personal particulars, please refer to this page for more information on the relevant documents and processes.

Q3. I am a new Singapore Permanent Resident and have just obtained my NRIC.  I am unable to login to PRS via SingPass. What should I do?

A3. You will need to submit your new NRIC details with SNB in order to login to the PRS with your SingPass.

Please email a certified true copy of your blue NRIC (front and back) to SNB@spb.gov.sg for verification. 

Once SNB has received and verified that the certified document is in order, we will proceed to update in the system. After your record is updated, we will notify you and you can proceed to log in.

Q4. I have updated my NRIC address with a Police Post, do I still need to inform SNB separately?

A4.Your NRIC address will be updated automatically via OSCAR (One Stop Change of Address Reporting System).  However, if the change of address was made more than 3 days ago and your new NRIC address is not updated when you login, please contact us at SNB@spb.gov.sg

Continuing Professional Education – For Nurses and Midwives

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Q1. How do I monitor my CPE points and view my CPE report?

A1. Login to the PRS using your SingPass ID and password. After login,
 
(i) Select ‘CPE’. 
(ii) Select ‘Monitoring of CPE’ to check the number of CPE points accumulated.
(iii) Select ‘Detailed Report for Current QP’, and the CPE report for the current qualifying period will be shown.

Q2. Does SNB have a list of approved CPE events?

A2. You may search for approved CPE events at Search CNE Events. For event details, please enquire directly with the CPE event provider.

Q3. What are the CPE Points Requirements to renew my Practising Certificate (PC)?

A3. If you are an Enrolled Nurse/ Registered Nurse (EN/ RN) or Registered Midwife (RMW), please refer to this page for more information. 

If you are an advanced practice nurse (APN), you must meet certain requirements to demonstrate that you have maintained your competency. Please refer to this page for more information.

Q4. How can my organisation apply for the course/ event to be an approved CPE event?

A4. Your organisation must be a healthcare or educational institution that organises courses or events for the nurses or midwives to maintain their competencies. SNB will only accord it as CPE event if it is taken as part of the nurses or midwives’ professional development, and it should be applicable and appropriate in their area of practice and to their scope of practice. Please refer to this page for more information.

Q5. How does my organisation apply for a CPE provider account?

A5. Please ensure your organisation has a CorpPass account. Do refer to CorpPass website (www.corppass.gov.sg) for more information on CorpPass and how to set up a CorpPass account. 

Once you have obtained your CorpPass account, refer to this page on how to apply for a CPE provider account.

Practising Certificate

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Q1. Do I need a Practising Certificate (PC) to practise in Singapore? How do I obtain a PC?

A1. All nurses and midwives who are registered with SNB and are in active practice in Singapore, must hold a valid PC. 

As such, upon registration, you will be required to apply for a PC (with a prescribed fee) before you can commence your practice in Singapore.

It is an offence to practise nursing or midwifery without a valid PC. Therefore, the onus is on you to ensure that you have a valid PC at all times (if you are practising).

Q2. My Practising Certificate (PC) is expiring soon. Will it be renewed automatically?

A2. The renewal process is not automatic.  You will need to submit an application for PC renewal. 

For yearly renewal of PC, please login to the PRS and apply for PC renewal online between 1 September and 30 November. If you apply for PC renewal after 30 November or after the expiry of your PC in December, a late application fee will be imposed. 

If you are an APN, please renew your RN PC and APN PC together.

If you are currently on Provisional Registration, we will contact your HR personnel regarding your PC renewal.

It is an offence to practise nursing or midwifery without a valid PC. Therefore, the onus is on you to ensure that you renew your PC on time.

Detailed information on the renewal of PC is available here.

Q3. What payment methods are available for PC renewal application?

A3. Various online payment methods are available during the PC renewal application process:

a) eNETS credit card (VISA and MasterCard only)
b) eNETS debit card (Visa Electron debit cards and MasterCard debit cards only)
c) Internet banking (Participating banks such as DBS, POSB, UOB, OCBC and Citibank only)
d) GIRO 
(Only available if you have signed up successfully with SNB to use the GIRO scheme. Online PC renewal application must be successfully submitted in the month of September before the GIRO deduction can take place in the month of October. Please note that you will be required to pay a bank charge for each unsuccessful GIRO deduction.)
e) Employer-Pay-On-Behalf (EPOB) 
(only available to participating organisations.  Online PC renewal application must be successfully submitted in the month of September only. SNB will notify if the organisation has rejected the payment and the nurse is still responsible to make another PC renewal application using other payment methods.)  

The payment process is not instantaneous. Please allow at least three working days for the processing of payment.

Detailed information on the renewal of PC is available here.

Q4. I have applied for PC renewal. Do I need to come to SNB to collect my PC?

A4. You do not have to collect your PC personally at SNB’s office (unless otherwise advised).  We will arrange for your PC to be sent to you via normal mail.

If you have submitted for the yearly renewal of your PC during the renewal period (i.e. 1 September to 30 November), your PC will be sent to your preferred mailing address at the end of December of the current year.  Do refer to more details here

For all PC renewal applications received after the renewal period, the PC will be sent to the preferred mailing address within 7 working days.

Q5. I have made payment for my PC renewal. How can I obtain a receipt? 

A5. To print your receipt, please login to PRS using your SingPass ID and password:

(i) Select ‘Application’.
(ii) Select ‘Enquire Applications’. 
(iii) Search for your PC application number.
(iv) Print receipt under the “Remarks” column.

Q6. My PC has expired. How do I apply for a new PC?

A6. If you are practising as a nurse/ midwife, you must submit an application for renewal of your PC. Detailed information on the renewal of PC is available here.


Re-print of Practising Certificate/ Certificate of Registration/ Enrolment

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Q1. I have lost my Practising Certificate (PC). How can I get a replacement?

A1. To apply for a replacement of your PC, you can submit an online application to replace your certificates. A non-refundable application fee is chargeable.

Please indicate correctly which certificate (PC or ‘Replacement of Original Registration Certificate’) when submitting your application for replacement. 

If you have lodged a police report for the loss of your PC, please submit it together with your application.

Details are available here.

Verification of Registration/ Enrolment

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Q1. How do I request for verification of registration/ enrolment (equivalent to Certificate of Good Standing)? What are the documents required?

A1. Nurses/Midwives can request for verification of registration/enrolment to prove his/her current SNB registration status to another nursing regulatory authority. 

Please refer here for more information.

Q2. I would like to request for verification of registration/ enrolment (equivalent to Certificate of Good Standing) but I have lost/ misplaced my SNB Certificate of Registration/ Enrolment. What should I do?

A2. 1) For applicants in Singapore with SingPass account: 

You must apply and pay for a replacement of your SNB Certificate of Registration/ Enrolment. You may refer here for more information on replacement of your SNB Certificate of Registration/Enrolment. 

Your replacement certificate request will be processed concurrently with your request for verification of registration/enrolment.

2) For applicants overseas without SingPass account: 

You must submit a certified true copy of your current passport (photograph page) as an alternative form of identification.

Q3. Can I request for verification of registration/ enrolment (equivalent to Certificate of Good Standing) for my own reference; to sit for an overseas nursing examination or for local/ overseas employment use?

A3. No, verification of registration/enrolment is issued only for the purpose of proving the nurses’/ midwives’ current SNB registration status to another nursing regulatory authority. This document is confidential and will not be issued to applicants or any other institutions apart from nursing regulatory authority.

Notes:
• If an institution apart from a nursing regulatory authority would like to determine your registration/enrolment with SNB, you can provide them with a copy of your SNB Certificate of Registration/ Enrolment/ Practising Certificate as proof of your current or past registration/ enrolment with us. 

• Alternatively, they can do a search on SNB's website for more information on your SNB registration/enrolment details - only applicable for nurses/midwives with valid SNB practising certificates.

Q4. Can I request for a copy of the verification of registration/enrolment (equivalent to Certificate of Good Standing) to be sent to me, just for my reference, at the same time when I am applying for it to be sent to a nursing regulatory authority?

A4. No, verification of registration/ enrolment is issued only for the purpose of proving the nurse/ midwife current SNB registration status to another nursing regulatory authority. This document is confidential and SNB will not provide any copies of it to applicants.

Q5. Can I request for verification of registration/enrolment (equivalent to Certificate of Good Standing) to be sent to the nursing regulatory authority via email?

A5. Yes, SNB can email the verification of registration/enrolment directly to the official email address of the nursing regulatory authority. However, SNB will not send verification of registration/enrolment to free web-based email accounts.

Q6. What are the available modes of postage for verification of registration/enrolment (equivalent to Certificate of Good Standing)?

A6. The default mode of postage is via Registered mail.  
 
If you require DHL courier, you will have to pay for the additional cost incurred.   Do email us at snb@spb.gov.sg in advance to confirm the actual cost (depending on the country of requesting regulatory authority.

Q7. How long will it take to process my application? Can I request for my application to be expedited?

A7. The average processing time is 14 working days from the date of receipt of your application and payment of the application fee and this excludes mailing duration. Refer here for more information on mailing duration. 

Applications will only be expedited on a case by case basis and is solely at the discretion of SNB. You are advised to opt for DHL courier to expedite the mailing process if the verification of registration/enrolment is required urgently.

Q8. How can I check the status of my application? Will I be notified once processing of my application is completed?

A8. You should receive an email from SNB once we have completed processing of your application. 

Please refer here for more information.

Additional Qualification

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Q1. How do I notify SNB if I have obtained further nursing qualifications?

A1. If you have completed an academic programme and have obtained a formal qualification in nursing/ midwifery such as, but not limited to, Advanced/ Specialist Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma, Bachelor of Nursing or Master of Nursing, you may submit an online application “Additional Qualification” (AQ) through login via our website. Please refer this page for more information.

Please note that the approval of this AQ does not imply that your overseas qualification will be recognised by your employer for remuneration purposes.  

Please refer this page for a list of Accredited Nursing Programmes in Singapore.

Q2. Do I need to notify SNB if I have obtained further qualifications in other fields of study?

A2. If you have obtained further qualifications in other fields of study, such Bachelor of Psychology/ Counselling/ Management etc, there is no need for you to notify SNB.

Q3. If you have obtained further qualifications in other fields of study, such Bachelor of Psychology/ Counselling/ Management etc, there is no need for you to notify SNB.

A3. You are eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse and there is no need to submit another application for Additional Qualification.

Q4. If I have completed an Advanced Diploma in Nursing (Midwifery), what should I do?

A4. Graduates of Advanced Diploma in Nursing (Midwifery) are eligible to apply for registration as Registered Midwife (RMW).  Please submit an online application for registration as a RMW.  Please refer this page for more information.

Q5. If I have completed an Advanced Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health), what should I do?

A5. Graduates of Advanced Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health) are eligible to apply for registration as Registered Nurse (Psychiatric) (RNP).  Please submit an online application for registration as an RNP.  Please refer this page for more information.

Return to Nursing Programme

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Q1. I have stopped practising as a nurse. What can I do to resume my nursing practise again in Singapore

A1. Before you can practise as a nurse in Singapore, you must be registered with Singapore Nursing Board and you must have an offer of employment with an eligible healthcare institution in Singapore.  Please refer to this page for more information.

Q2. How do I know if I must attend a Return-to-Nursing Programme?

A2. SNB has prepared a guide to help nurses determine if they need to attend the Return-to-Nursing (RTN) Programme.

Q3. What is a Return-to-Nursing Programme? How do I enrol in a Return-to-Nursing Programme?

A3. The Return-to-Nursing (RTN) Programme is an SNB accredited programme.  More information on the Return-to-Nursing (RTN) Programme are available here.

Re-Registration

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Q1. I used to be a Registered Nurse (RN) in Singapore but have moved overseas for many years. How can I come back to Singapore to practise as a RN again?

A1. If you have been practising overseas as a nurse or midwife (registered with the foreign country’s nursing/ midwifery regulatory council/ board) and are still current in your practice, you may apply for re-registration with Singapore Nursing Board.  Please refer this page for more information.

Q2. After I was qualified to be a nurse and registered as nurse with SNB, I did not practise nursing or renew my practising certificate. How can I practise as a nurse again?

A2. If you have lapsed in your nursing practice for more than 5 years but less than 10 years, you will need to complete a Return-to-Nursing (RTN) programme first before you can be re-registered. 

Please refer to our website for more information on the RTN programme and the process of re-registration.

Q3. I am a foreigner and I practise for a short while in Singapore but did not complete my competency assessment some years back due to my family circumstances.  How can I be re-registered with SNB again? 

A3. If you had not completed competency assessment, it means that you were not registered with SNB.  This means that you will need to be re-assessed as a new applicant for registration.   

The process of re-registration does not apply to you. Please refer to this section of our website on registration for Foreign-trained Nurses/ Midwives.

General Enquiries

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Q1, How can I check that the nurse or midwife is registered with Singapore Nursing Board and has a valid Practising Certificate to practise?

A1. You can search and view the register online via “Search for Nurses/ Midwives” at SNB’s website (www.snb.gov.sg). Enrolled Nurses, Registered Nurses, Registered Midwives, Registered Nurse (Psychiatric) and Advanced Practice Nurses who are registered and have a valid practising certificate are searchable via this online register.

Q2. I have encountered an error message while accessing the SNB’s Professional Registration System (PRS). What should I do?

A2. Our system is most compatible with Internet Explorer. Please use a computer/laptop with a stable internet connection and try again. 

You may also wish to consider clearing your cache/cookies from your browser. 

If the problem persists, please inform us via email at snb@spb.gov.sg.  In your email, please provide the following information in help us look into your issue expeditiously:
(i) Name 
(ii) SNB Nurse Registration number (if applicable)
(iii) Contact Telephone (accessible during working hours) 
(iv) Your purpose of accessing the PRS, e.g. to update CPE points, application for registration, etc
(v) Your browser type and device (desktop or laptop);
(iii) URL of the login page;
(iv) The screenshot of the pages before and after you encounter the error message; and
(v) The timestamp of when the error has occurred.

Q3. How do I login to SNB’s PRS?

A3. For registered nurses/ midwives or applicants with X-number:
NRIC/FIN holders – login via SingPass 

For HR personnel or CPE providers: 
You will need both a CorpPass user account and an existing SNB account (either as HR or CPE Course Coordinator) in order to access the PRS.

Please ensure your organisation has a CorpPass account. Do refer to CorpPass website (www.corppass.gov.sg) for more information on CorpPass and how to set up a CorpPass account. 

Once you have obtained your CorpPass account, refer to this page on how to apply for a CPE provider account. 

To create HR accounts with SNB, please enquire with SNB via email (snb@spb.gov.sg) on the eligibility for your organisation to employ foreign qualified nurses.

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