Circular 15/2014 Schedule of SANC exams for 2015


22 October 2014

To:Principals of Nursing Education Institutions
 National Department of Health
 Provincial Departments of Health
 Nursing Stakeholders

South African Nursing Council ‘s Examination Schedule – 2015


Attached herewith, find the Examination Schedule for the year 2015.


Kindly take note of the following requirements applicable to the Council’s Examinations:

  1. The closing date for the examinations should 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 Examinations for Enrolled Nurses, Foreign Nurses and Refugees Nurses)

  3. Council reference numbers are needed in the application form submitted by the NEI. Candidates will not be registered for an examination with an identity number.  Please follow up with the Council’s Registration Department first, if students/pupils are not registered for the course before registering students/pupils for an examination

  4. The Council will only process applications for entry into the Council’s Examination that meet the following requirements:

    1. 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.

    2. All the required documents are included.

    3. There is proof of payment of the prescribed examination fees 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 immediately 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 Fees. 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 the payment of fees by the 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.

  1. Only those students/pupils that have been issued an examination timetable/number will be eligible to write the Council’s Examination

  2. 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 certificates will not be issued to the affected candidates

  3. No practical mark sheet or any other documents must be enclosed with the examination package.  Practical mark sheet must be sent directly to the Assessments Section

  4. The Council reserves the right to reschedule an examination venue if there are insufficient candidates who will be writing in such an examination venue

  5. The NEIs must inform all their students/pupils of the examination results once published.  No examination results will be given out telephonically by the Council.  However, students/pupils will receive results via text messages (SMSes) from the Council.

  6. In respect of the Admission Examination of the Course Leading to Enrolment as a Nurse, the NEI has a responsibility to establish that the learner complies with the requirements of Regulation 7(4)(a) published by Government Notice No.R.7 of 8 January 1993 and Regulation 9(1)(b) published by Government Notice No. R.2175 of 19 November 1993 (as amended) before the learner is entered for the Admission Examination

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

  8. No learner shall be allowed to write the final examination of the (R.2175) Course before he/she has: 

    1. passed the first year examination (R.2175);

    2. passed the Council’s Auxiliary Nursing Examination (R.2176); 

    3. passed the Admission Examination for (R.2175); or 

    4. obtained the Auxiliary Qualification on the basis of the 4-year course.


Yours sincerely


Mr. T. Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

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