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Interested in Furthering your career as nurse or health care professional in Australia? Take the
IRON Program !

Let your previous nursing experience not be put to waste by undergoing this 10-week course!

Take this 10-week course and you’re good to go as nurse in Australia!

What is the IRON Program?

The Initial Registration for Overseas Nurses (IRON) Program is a bridging program for overseas qualified nurses to equip them to practice as registered nurse (RN) or enrolled nurse (EN) in Australia. The program is aimed to supplement nursing skills of current and qualified health professionals to adhere to Australian standards. Successful completion of this program makes the graduates eligible to get registration from the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA).


Why study the IRON Program?

Initial pathway to gain PR in Australia:

The Nursing profession is considered to be one of the most in-demand skilled occupations in Australia. It is consistently listed in the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) of the Australian Department of Immigration. Upon registration, nurses can apply for permanent residency as long as the point requirements are met.

Equip you for Australian Nursing Workforce:

To land in a good nursing career in Australia, the IRON program shall equip you to understand nursing better in Australia. The program shall also ready you to work with the Australia Nursing Workforce, and shall usher you to undergo professional placement program in accredited health institutions.

Better employability in Australian health institutions:

As most Australian health institutions look for internationally-accredited and registered professionals, the IRON Program shall assist you to further your international career in Australia whilst making sure that the skills you have gained in your previous work experiences are not put to waste.

International registration:
Upon getting the AHPRA registration through the IRON program, you are then ready to explore better employability and more career opportunities for yourself. The IRON program prepares you for a world class career in nursing and other health care professions.

How to apply for the IRON Program?

Select your preferred institution. AUSSIZZ Group offers a long list of accredited institutions in Melbourne and across Australia. You just have to satisfy the entry requirements, and you’re good to go! (*Navigation link to the Course providers)

What are the entry requirements?

  • Evidence of current registration as a registered nurse in a country other than Australia
  • A letter of referral from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to study an approved bridging program in Australia. This letter stipulates your eligibility for registration as a registered nurse in Australia –Aussizz can personally help you with this service
    Meet the relevant standard for English Language proficiency
  • IELTS (7 overall with no band lower than 7)
  • OET (Minimum grade of B in all bands)
  • PTE (65 overall with a minimum score of 65 in each component)
  • TOEFL (94 overall with a minimum score of 24 in reading, 24 in listening, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking)
  • For any of the above test, within 6 months of the duration of first exam, results can be combined from two sittings as long as the minimum score for the specific test is reached. For eg: for IELTS a minimum score of 6.5 in a single specific module will still see you through as long the score is compensated with a band 7 score in a subsequent test in the same module that is taken within the next 6 months of the first test.

MORE FAQs about the IRON Program

  • 1. How long is the IRON Program?

    The IRON Course runs for 10-12 weeks

  • 2. How much does the IRON Program cost??

    Fee for IRON Program course starts from $12,000 and it depends on your choice of institution.

  • 3. Are there growth opportunities after undergoing the IRON Course?

    Upon course completion, the institution the student is enrolled in submits his/her course completion documents to AHPRA. AHPRA shall then issue RN/EN license to students who meet relevant requirements.

    Upon course completion, candidates can opt to undergo Work Training Program for Nurses (WTPN) and change their visa status to Subclass 402. Whilst undergoing training, candidates can look for employers or institutions for visa sponsorship. Aussizz Group can personally help you in enrolling into a WTPN program and applying for a 402 visa.

    Candidates can also opt to go back to their home country and apply for PR to Australia as RN (Registered Nurse).

    Candidates with excellent performance can be sponsored by healthcare institutions associated to institutions.

  • 4. How can I apply for PR after finishing the IRON Program?

    Apply for skills assessment through the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

    Meet minimum point requirement for PR application.

    - Candidates with 60 points are eligible to apply for Direct PR under subclass 189.
    - Candidates with 55 points are eligible to apply for State Sponsorship under subclass 190
    - Candidates with 50 points are eligible to apply for Regional Sponsorship under subclass 489.
    - Candidates with points less than 50 can make the application with Employee Sponsorship.

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