South African Nursing Council SANC

South African Nursing Council SANC

What is the South African Nursing Council?

South African Nursing Council is the body entrusted to set and maintain standards of nursing education and practice in the Republic of South Africa.  It is an autonomous, financially independent, statutory body, initially established by the Nursing Act, 1944 (Act No. 45 of 1944), and currently operating under the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005).

Setting and Monitoring of Standards

In terms of Section 3 of the Nursing Act, 2005, the Nursing Council is to establish, improve and control conditions, standards and quality of nursing education and training.

Section 4 of the Nursing Act makes provision for the accreditation and inspection of nursing education institutions, the monitoring of assessments conducted by accredited institutions, the conducting of nursing examinations, and the granting of diplomas and certificates.

Section 58(1)(f) of the Nursing Act, 2005 provides for the making of regulations relating to qualifications and the conditions to be complied with, which entitle a person to be registered as a nursing practitioner (education and training regulations).

South African Nursing Council is involved in the monitoring of nursing standards by:

registering nurse practitioners, therefore permitting them to practise as nurses;

accreditation of new nursing education institutions and nursing education programmes;

inspection of nursing education institutions and clinical facilities;

constantly reviewing nursing education and training to be in line with the needs of the Republic of South Africa; and

providing counselling and guidance to the nursing profession regarding the implementation of the nursing education and training policies.

South African Nursing Council Examinations

Examination Results

Exam results will be couriered to the Nursing Education Institution and you will be notified by your institution when the results are available for collection.

Examination Forms

Download South African Nursing Council Examination forms below;
Form: Application for candidates to be admitted to an examination
Form: Re-assessment application


The South African Nursing Council Electronic Register of Nurses and Midwives

Click here to start the eRegister system

South African Nursing Council Employment Opportunities

ob seekers should please note the following:

All employment opportunities at South African Nursing Council are advertised in the national press.
Positions may be advertised on the Council’s website.
Unsolicited applications will be ignored.

Applicants that have been directed to this website by an advertisement in the national press can download and print an application form by clicking on the following link:

Form: Application for a Position

Competencies for Advanced Practice Nurses


The South African Nursing Council has developed the following competencies for Advanced Practice Nurses 

Generic Competency Framework for Advanced Nurse Practitioners

Competencies – Community Health Nursing

Competencies – Critical Nurse Specialist (Adult)

Competencies – Forensic Nurse

Competencies – Midwife Specialist

Competencies – Nephrology Nurse Specialist

Competencies – Occupational Health Nurse Specialist

Competencies – Ophthalmic Nurse Specialist

Competencies – Orthopaedic Nurse Specialist

Competencies – Paediatric Nurse Specialist

Competencies – Primary Care Nurse Specialist

For More Information Contact:

South African Nursing Council
Private Bag X132, Pretoria, 0001, Republic of South Africa
National: 012 420-1000
International: +27 12 420-1000
National: 012 343-5400
International: +27 12 343-5400