2022 Registered Nurse Transition to Professional Practice Program - Pre-employment requirements for TPPP

Before commencing in a TPPP, you are required to satisfy all the following pre-employment requirements.


You will be required to obtain successful registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) prior to commencing employment as a registered nurse with SA Health. The application process  can be done online on the AHPRA Graduate Applications website.  The registration process can take a few weeks to complete, therefore it is important to start the process as early as four to six weeks prior to the completion of your studies.

English language skills

It is important that you meet English language requirements for registration with the NMBA. If you are required to undertake an English test in order to gain registration, you are strongly encouraged to complete this as early as possible and well ahead of course completion. Please refer to the English Language Skills Registration Standard for more information about English language requirements.

Criminal History Check

Prior to the commencement of employment, you must ensure that your mandatory employment screening checks are up to date. If you receive an offer, you will be asked to provide these documents to the employing LHN as part of the pre-employment requirements.

At a minimum, you will be required to have a valid Department of Human Services (DHS) ‘Working with Children Check’ and a satisfactory National Police Certificate (NPC). A contract of employment cannot be issued until the required satisfactory screening checks have been provided to the employing health unit.

Further information regarding Criminal and Relevant History Screening is available on the following websites:

  • Department of Human Services website – Working with Children Check for work with children/prescribed positions as required by the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 and Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Regulations 2018. You will be required to provide a current DHS Working with Children Check before employment, and every five years after the date of issue.
  • South Australia Police website – National Police Certificate from SAPOL or from an accredited Crimtrac Provider (you are required to obtain this check if you do not already have a valid NPC for Aged Care and/or Vulnerable Assessment check).

Your NPC must be appropriate to your employment as a Registered Nurse. NPC obtained for other roles such as Enrolled Nurse, volunteer work, student, clinical placement or work experience will not be accepted.

Immunisation requirements

SA Health is committed to providing a safe working environment for all persons and acknowledges the positive impact immunisation has on health outcomes for our employees and patients.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to provide evidence of current immunisation during the pre-employment process. This will be requested by the employing LHN when provisional offers are issued. Candidates who refuse to participate in screening and/or vaccination, or fail to provide confirmation of immune status, will not be considered for employment in Health Care Worker positions in SA Health services.