Circular 6/2010

20 December 2020

TO: Nursing Education Institutions
  Nursing Stakeholders




Attached is the complete Circular 6/2017 including the Examination Schedule for 2017


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 must ensure that all learners are registered with the Council within the prescribed period (Foreign applicants apply as individuals though will have to adhere to the prescribed period).
  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 learners 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:
    1. The Examination Application Form is completed in full 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 to be included.
    3. 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.

  5. Only those candidates that have been issued an examination timetable/number will be eligible to write a Council examination.
  6. 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.
  7. The Council requests invigilators not to enclose the practical mark sheet or any other documents with the Examination package.
  8. The Council reserves the right to cancel an examination reflected on the schedule if there are insufficient candidates for such an examination.
  9. The Council request the NEI’s to inform all their candidates 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).
  10. 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) 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 do 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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).


Kind Regards


Ms SA Mchunu
Acting Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council