Circular 11/2013 SANC Examination Schedule – 2014

Circular 11/2013 SANC Examination Schedule – 2014


19 August 2013

TO:Nursing Education Institutions
 Nursing Stakeholders

South African Nursing Council Examination Schedule – 2014


Attached is the Examination Schedule for 2014.


Kindly take note of the following requirements applicable to the Council examinations:

  1. The closing date for the examinations must be strictly adhered to and no exceptions or allowances will be made to extend these dates. 
  2. Only registered students/pupils will be eligible for an examination:  The Head of the Nursing Education Institution (NEI) must ensure that all students/pupils are registered with the Council within the prescribed period (this does not apply to candidates writing the admission examination for Enrolled Nurses, Foreign Nurses and Refugee Nurses). 
  3. Candidates will not be registered for an examination with only an identity number.  Council reference numbers are needed in all cases.  Please follow up with the Council Registration department first, if students are not registered for the course before registering students for an examination. 
  4. The Council will only process applications for entry into a Council examination that meet the following requirements:

a)  The Examination Application Form is filled accurately, complete and signed by the relevant person/s.  The surname and given names must be those appearing in the identity document. 

b)  All the required documentation are included.

c)  There is proof of payment of prescribed examination fee into the Council’s bank account;  such payment must be done by the Nursing Education Institution (NEI) (group payment) and not by individual students/pupils.

Banking details are as follows:

Name of Bank:First National Bank
Account number:51425166282 (Current Account)
Branch:Corporate Core Banking – Pretoria
Branch code:253 – 145
Reference:              NEI S-number followed by the type of fee code ‘EXAMFEE’
The correct reference must appear on all deposits to expedite the processing of your payment.  The code ‘EXAMFEE’ must only be used for payment in respect of examination fee.  This code must not be used for any other types of payment. Here is an example of what a correct reference will look like for an NEI with S-number S12345:


NB:    The Head of the NEI must ensure that payment of fees by their Provincial Department or Head Office is made separately for each NEI and for each specific examination.
 Provincial bulk payments without specifications create administrative challenges and cause a delay in processing of the applications.

Only those students/pupils that have been issued an examination timetable/number will be eligible to write a Council examination.

All PRACTICAL MARK SHEETS must be submitted to the Council by registered mail/courier by the end of the month in which the examination is written.  If the PRACTICAL MARK SHEETS in SANC format are not submitted on time, the examination results will be published without the practical marks, hence qualification certificate will not be issued to the affected candidates.

The Council requests invigilators not to enclose the practical mark sheet or any other documents with the Examination package.

The Council reserves the right to cancel an examination reflected on the schedule if there are insufficient candidates for such an examination.

The Council request the NEI’s to inform all their learners of the outcome of the examination results once published.  No examination results will be given out telephonically by the Council.  However, learners will receive results via text messages (SMS).

In respect of the Admission Examination of the Course Leading to Enrolment as a Nurse, the NEI has responsibility to establish that the learner complies with the requirements of regulation 7(4)(a) and (b) of the regulations published by Government Notice No. R.2175 of 19 November 1993 (as amended) before the learner is entered for the Admission Examination.  Once a leaner has successfully passed Admission Examination, it becomes very difficult to convince the learner that he / she does not qualify for the exemption allowed in terms of the regulations.  Particular attention must be paid to the requirement of an academic standard 8 or equivalent qualification.

The Admission Examination for the Course Leading to Enrolment as a Nurse effectively now only applies to those Nursing Auxiliaries who pre – 1993 followed the 100-day course leading to enrolment as a Nursing Assistant where the final examination was conducted by the institution not by the Council.

No learner shall be allowed to write the Final examination of the (R.2175) course before he/she has passed either the First year examination (R.2175), Council Auxiliary Examination (R.2176) or the Admission Examination for (R.2175).



Mr T Mabuda
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

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Cover Letter for Circulars 8, 9 and 10 of 2013: Implementation of the new Nursing Education qualifications – July 2015

Cover Letter for Circulars 8, 9 and 10 of 2013: Implementation of the new Nursing Education qualifications – July 2015


13 August 2013

TO:Nursing Education Institutions
 National Department of Health
 Provincial Departments of Health

Implementation of the New Nursing Education Qualifications – July 2015


Attached herewith find the following S A Nursing Council circulars:

  1. Circular No. 8/2013 : relating to curriculum framework for entry levels of nursing (Higher Certificate: Auxiliary Nurse; National Diploma: Staff Nurse; Advance Diploma: Midwifery and Bachelor’s Degree: Professional Nurse and Midwife)
  2. Circular No. 9/2013 : relating to Revised Policy Guidelines for the Implementation of Recognition of Prior Learning by Nursing Education Institutions (NEI’s)
  3. Circular No. 10/2013 : Policy on Accreditation Appeal Process


Also note that these circulars must be read in conjunction with the following documents and other relevant prescripts as issued by the Council:

(a)  Qualifications Framework for Auxiliary Nursing, Staff Nurse, Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Midwifery and Advance Diploma : Midwifery

(b)  Regulations R.169, R.171, R.173, R.174

(c)  Nursing Education and Training Standards

(d)  Circular No. 6/2013: Dual submission for Accreditation.


These documents will assist NEI’s in the preparation to offer new nursing education qualifications which will be phased in by July 2015.  You can also access these documents through S A Nursing Council website



Tendani Mabuda (Mr)
Registrar and CEO
S A Nursing Council

© 2004 - 2020 South African Nursing Council (Under the provisions of the Nursing Act, 2005)