What is SNB (Singapore Nursing Board) Licensure Exam?: An ultimate guide

What is the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB) License exam?

To practice nursing in Singapore, foreign-trained nurses must pass the SNB (Singapore Nursing Board) Registered Nurse Licensure Examination (SNB RN), which is a standard test. It is the regulatory authority for nurses and midwives in Singapore.

Who requires SNB (Singapore Nursing Board) License?

  • Nurses who pass this test will be registered with the Singapore Nursing Council and will be able to practice in Singapore afterward.

What are the types of SNB (Singapore Nursing Board) Licensure Exam?

  • Registered Nurse Licensure Examination
  • Enrolled Nurse Licensure Examination
  • Registered Midwife Licensure Examination

Who is eligible to apply for SNB Licensure Exam?

  • Foreign-trained Nurses / Midwives who wish to work in Singapore must be registered/enrolled with SNB.
  • Before SNB will evaluate your registration/enrolment request, you must have an offer of employment from an appropriate Singapore healthcare facility (with inpatient services).

For foreign-trained nurses, to be eligible for application for registration/enrolment, you must have the following:

  1. Successful completion of a nursing pre-registration / pre-enrolment program that is equal to a Singapore-authorised pre-registration / pre-enrolment nursing program.
  2. registration as a nurse or midwife in the country in which you received your training, as well as
  3. current practicing license as a nurse or midwife;
  4. recent five-year clinical nursing practice in one’s own nation.

Where to register/enroll?

  • A person must apply for registration/enrolment to be registered/enrolled with SNB
  • Login to the website.

Documents required

  • Passport photograph
  • A certified true copy of original documents.
  • Passport or NRIC (if applicable)
  • Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • Nursing transcripts from a university, college, or training facility (to include a detailed breakdown of theory and clinical practice in hours or weeks)
  • Training certificate(s) / Graduation Certificates
  • Registration certificate
  • Current nursing license / practising certificate(s)
  • Prior employers’ references/work testimonies are required to describe your work experience and performance and must be written by the Nursing Director/Head of Nursing to ensure that the information is accurate.

Steps for local graduates to apply for SNB license

  • The following SNB-accredited courses must be satisfactorily completed before an applicant can submit an application for registration or enrollment.
  • Within five years of graduating from your nursing education, you should apply for registration/enrollment. Otherwise, you have to attend the return program.
  • An application must be submitted online by yourself where payment must be made by:
  • eNETS Credit/Debit Card (VISA and MasterCard ONLY) (Note:  American Express (Amex)
  • eNETS Internet Banking ((DBS, POSB, UOB, OCBC, Citibank ONLY)
  • This is only eligible for people who are singpass eligible.

Steps for foreign-trained nurse/midwives to apply for SNB license

The application for registration/enrolment process includes the requirement to:

  • Must sit for a Licensure Examination;
  • Should undergo a competency assessment; and/or
  • and lastly placed on provisional registration/enrolment.

Application fee for SNB (Singapore Nursing Board)

1. Application for Registration/Enrolment/Certification Fee

Application name Amount (S$)
Application for Registration / Enrolment as a Locally Trained Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife or Enrolled Nurse 30
Application for Registration / Enrolment as a Foreign Trained Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife or Enrolled Nurse 60
Application for certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse 200

2. Registration / Certification Fee

Registration name Amount (S$)
Registration of Person as a Locally Trained Registered Nurse / Registered Nurse (Psychiatry) 30
Registration of a Person as a Foreign Trained Registered Nurse / Registered Nurse (Psychiatry) 55
Registration of a Person as a Locally Trained Registered Midwife 20
Registration of Person as a Foreign Trained Registered Midwife 55

3. Enrolment Fee

name Amount (S$)
Enrolment of Person as a Locally Trained Enrolled Nurse 30
Enrolment of Person as a Foreign Trained Enrolled Nurse 50

4.Certification of a Person as an Advanced Practice Nurse: S$40

5. Application/Renewal of Practising Certificate Fee

Application/Renewal of Practising Certificate Fee Amount (S$)Per Year
For a Registered Nurse (Who is not Advanced Practice Nurse) 45
For a Registered Nurse (Psychiatry) 45
For an Enrolled Nurse 30
For an Enrolled Nurse (Psychiatry) 30
For a Registered Midwife 30
For a Registered Nurse (who is an Advanced Practice Nurse) 60

6. Late Application/Renewal of Practising Certificate Fee

Late Application/Renewal of Practising Certificate Fee  

Amount (S$)

For a Registered Nurse (Who is not an Advanced Practice Nurse) 40
For a Registered Nurse (Psychiatry) 40
For an Enrolled Nurse 30
For an Enrolled Nurse (Psychiatry) 30
For a Registered Midwife 30
For an Advanced Practice Nurse (together with a Registered Nurse PC) 70

7. Application for Re-registration/Re-enrolment/Re-certification Fee

Application for Re-registration/Re-enrolment/Re-certification Fee Amount (S$)
Application for Re-registration as a Registered Nurse 40
Application for Re-registration as a Registered Nurse (Psychiatry) 40
Application for Re-registration as a Registered Midwife 20
Application for Re-enrolment as a Enrolled Nurse 20

8. Application for Re-certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse: S$100

9. Replacement of Certificate Fee

Replacement of Certificate Fee Per Certificate (S$)
Certificate of Registration 50
Certificate of Enrolment 50
Advanced Practice Nurse Certificate 50
Practising Certificate 50

10. Application for Verification of Registration/Enrolment/Certification Fee: S$40

11. Application for Transfer of Conditional Registration/Enrolment/Certification Fee (as to place of practice): S$ 55

12. Application for Accreditation of Course Fee Per Course

  • For a course of study leading to any academic or professional qualification in nursing in the form of an award of a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or degree: S$ 1000
  • For any other course: S$ 700

13. Application for Re-accreditation of Course Fee Per Course

  • For a course of study leading to any academic or professional qualification in nursing in the form of an award of a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or degree: S$ 650
  • For any other course: S$400

14. Application for Transcript of Nursing Education (SON) Fee: S$ 50

15. Licensure Examination Fee

  • Licensure Examination Conducted Locally: S$ 100
  • Licensure Examination Conducted Overseas: S$ 40

16. Application for Independent Practice: S$ 200

17. Application for Conversion of Conditional to Full Registration: S$ 60

Validity of SNB (Singapore Nursing Board) License

  • 5 years

Venue of the exam

Type of SNB Licensure Examination Location
Registered Nurse Licensure Examination Nanyang Polytechnic
School of Health Sciences
180 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
Singapore 569830 view NYP campus map
Enrolled Nurse Licensure Examination Curtin Singapore
90 & 92 Jalan Rajah
Singapore 329162 View Curtin Singapore map
Registered Midwife Licensure Examination

Documents to bring for SNB Licensure Exam

  • Your NRIC OR passport and work permit.
  • Must bring nursing/midwifery registration certificate and current practicing license/certificate.
  • SNB’s Notification Letter of Licensure Examination and receipt of payment.
  • 4B pencil and eraser
  • Calculator without cover

Restricted items

a) Reference books
b) Handphones, cameras, or other digital devices
c) Bags etc

SNB Contact Email / Phone

Email: SNB@spb.gov.sg

Singapore Nursing Board
c/o Secretariat of healthcare Professional Boards (SPB)
81 Kim Keat Road #10-00
Singapore 328836

How to renew your Practising Certificate (PC)?

  • Nurses and midwives on the SNB Register and Roll receive a certificate allowing them to practice.
  • Return-to-Nursing programs are necessary for nurses and midwives who have not worked in the field for a period of five years.

To apply for the Practising Certificate (PC)

  • Complete Declaration on your fitness to continue nursing/midwifery practice; and
  • Make Payment for the fees.

Online Renewal

  • Check out the application and see the instruction here.
  • Online renewal transactions would be successful only if   Declaration Section; and Payment Section and payment is received by SNB are fully completed.
  • Update the details (contact number (mobile, home), an email address; employment address.
  • Make the payment with these payment methods (eNETS Credit/Debit Card,eNETS Internet Banking, GIRO).
  • SNB will announce on our website the issuance of PCs to Nurses/ Midwives.

Check the Status of the application here.

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