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How to Obtain Reference Details for ANMAC Skill Assessment: A Comprehensive Guide

Obtaining proper reference details for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) skill assessment is a crucial step for nurses and midwives planning to work in Australia. This guide covers the essential information you need and provides a template for professional reference.

Requesting Verification/CCPS/COGS from the NMC to ANMAC

If you’re registered in the UK and planning to work abroad, you may need to provide a certificate of current professional status (CCPS) or a letter of good standing. Here's a step-by-step process to request this certificate from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC):

What You Need to Know

  • What CCPS Confirms: Your personal details, NMC Pin, dates on the register, qualification information, and any sanctions or warnings.

  • When to Apply: After you've applied to register in the country you want to practice in.

  • What You'll Need: Information about the country you want to work in, licensing authority details,Skill assessment authority Details in Australia this is ANMAC and overseas application reference number (if you have one ).

How to Request:

  • Log in to your NMC Online account.

  • Select 'My Registration.'

  • Select 'Request a certificate of current professional status.'

Issuing Your Certificate

  • Timeframe: Usually within 24 hours.

  • Validity: Three months from the date of issue.

  • Delivery: Download from your NMC Online account; NMC will notify the registration authority as well.

Note for EU Applicants

The UK no longer issues a CCPS under EU directives due to leaving the EU.

ANMAC Reference Template: Professional Reference Example

For your professional reference submission to ANMAC, you must follow specific guidelines. Here's a brief guide:

  • Official Letterhead: Must include contact details.

  • Applicant’s Full Name: Include a brief overview stating employment as a nurse or midwife, employment details, etc.

  • Body of Reference: Detail the ward/setting, nursing work details, competence examples, professional development comment.

  • Name and Signature of Referee: Designation must be RN/RM.

What ANMAC Cannot Accept:

  • Short-term employment (less than three months).

  • Payslips, generalized job descriptions, performance review documents.

  • Older or insufficient work experience references.

Address Your Reference to:

ANMAC, GPO Box 400, Canberra City ACT 2601, Australia


Understanding the requirements and following the right steps to provide the necessary details for ANMAC skill assessment can help ease your transition to working in Australia. Keep this guide handy as you prepare your application, and ensure that your references reflect your role accurately for ANMAC to make the correct decision.

Note: The information provided here is accurate as of August 20203 and sourced from the official NMC website. Always refer to the relevant authorities for the most up-to-date information.


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