How to Become a Registered Nurse in Singapore (SNB)

how to become registered nurse in singapore

Singapore Registered Nurses

One of the most important qualifications for any nurse wherever he or she may be coming from (another country) is to become a full pledged professional. That is to become a registered nurse or RN. There are current standards for this of course, just like any other profession. For Pinoys or Filipinos, Canadian, U.S. citizen, Singaporean, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani or whatever country you may be coming from , the target or purpose is to become an accredited and recognized registered nurse and hopefully land a job as one.

This post will serve as a guide for those looking for such upgrade in their career. A move to further widen the scope of qualification to work in other countries either as a caregiver, a specialty nurse (ER nurse, cardio nurse, OR nurse etc) and most especially as a registered nurse. I will be disclosing here at the NLE Result 2012 blog classified information regarding how to become a registered nurse in Singapore as well as other places on earth so secure your slot to learn more updates as well as discover procedures and steps to undergo to become a RN.

Getting Paid Per Hour Basis Vs Regular Salary and Becoming a Transciptionist

As an additional information, allow me to enlighten your mind that if you are asking for possibilities of working from home as a nurse, there might just be a slim chance for you to get a job like that except for a fact that if you are willing and you have the initial knowledge to do online transcriptioning, then you might just hit the jackpot being a nurse transcriptionist and hopefully land a work from home nurse job. This question arise from the fact that many nurses from other countries prefer to be paid a regular salary rather than on an hourly basis (per hour). Not quite sure why they prefer so. Maybe its because getting paid on a regular salary gives them a rate more than getting paid on a per hour basis. On the other hand, if you are looking for information on how to become a registered nurse via online programs, I should say that for now, I was still on the process of finding out about that but I promise I will give you information regarding this matter as soon as I get a hold of one.

What is the Agency / Authority Responsible for Becoming a RN in Singapore?

In every procedure, step by step formula or even in our daily tasks, there is always a priority as well as those that will follow. In relation to the title of this specific post on how to become RN in Singapore as well as any other country, I strongly believe that knowing which agency or authority party of the local government is the first move in order to understand more about the next few steps to undergo as a process. This is the same reason why I wanted you first to know which office in Singapore handles the information dissemination for nurses who want to be duly accredited and recognized as RN so they can later on work for any establishment without any doubt or loose ends. In a cyber world where we live in, the first place to go find it is using the internet and yes, Google Search to find the right information.

Singapore Nursing Board (SNB)

Upon Googling for agencies that serve for the purpose of becoming a RN in Singapore, here is what I found. The agency that handles such application, processing and accreditation is the Singapore Nursing Board. Their official website is www.snb.gov.sg/. Alternately, you can try to type in your browser this URL – http://www.healthprofessionals.gov.sg/content/hprof/snb/en/topnav/home.html. The same result will appear before you upon visiting that webpage. “SNB is the regulatory authority for nurses and midwives in Singapore. We aim to protect the public through licensure and regulation of nursing/midwifery education and practice.” (source: www.snb.gov.sg/).

Breakdown of Fees/Cost for Facilitation and Processing for Nurses and Midwives

SNB will be increasing the fee in phase to facilitate hospital/institutions to manage the fee adjustments gradually. Fee increment will be implemented in 2 phases. The first phase of fee increase will be introduced on 1 April 2012 and the second phase on 1 April 2013.

Application for Registration, Enrollment or Certification as Advanced Practice Nurse

  • Application fee for foreign-trained nurses – $ 60
  • Application fee for local graduates – $ 30

Application for Practicing Certificate

  • Registered Nurse – $ 45
  • Registered Nurse (Psychiatric) – $ 45
  • Enrolled Nurse – $ 30
  • Registered Midwife – $ 30
  • Enrolled Nurse (Psychiatric) – $ 30

You can find other fees here.

How Much Salary for Nurses in Singapore?

After knowing the fees as listed above and a reading a few tips from me, you might just still be not ready to become a RN in Singapore. You have to learn other things such as salary for nurses in Singapore. I’d like to tell it to you straight that back in 2010, a friend of mine used to work there as a registered nurse and she only gets a salary of 800 dollars per month. Today, I am not sure how much the government or establishments such as hospitals is offering to qualified foreign professionals. On the other hand, just like any other country, I believe that it depends on the place you work and the business establishment. The bigger the company, the higher the wage or salary you will receive.

Getting a Sponsor for Taking the RN Exam

Although this is not really confirmed, there are forums I read today suggesting that if you want to land a job as a registered nurse in Singapore, you will have to be hired first in a hospital or possibly a company there who can eventually give you a sponsorship to be able to be allowed to take the RN exam in Singapore. If you pass the test, you will have to pass an interview too and from there, 90 days in counting (3 months) is the waiting period.

Another information I have gathered is that you will have to pass specific language examination before being allowed to work as RN. This is one of the reasons why many opted to work as nursing assistants instead even if they have local professional certificates as registered nurses in their county. Filipinos are one of the many other nationalities working as nurse assistants in Singapore instead of getting qualified to work as RNs.

Requirements for Working as RN in Singapore

There are so many hearsay and since on a regular basis do Singapore laws and governing policies change as much as fees for taking the exam and licensing for nurses, some might have changed too as part of the requirement to be able to work in Singapore as registered nurses.

One thing I’ve learned today is that sponsorship still works if you want to become a qualified RN in Singapore. That is you have to at least work there and the company will then sponsor you to take the exam but prior to that you have to have at least 3 years experience working in a local hospital.

In the case of another friend, she has worked for more than 3 years and the company with which she is working for today sponsored her to take the NLE in Singapore. Please note that volunteering is not considered as part of your professional experience so if in case you are from the Philippines, India, Pakistan or any other South East Asian country, you will have to start regular work not as a volunteer which has become a common mistake for many professional nurses who think they can be considered as part of working experience and a requirement for becoming a registered nurse in Singapore.

Please do note however that nurse license in Singapore are valid for 3 years and is fully renewable. There are certain fees for late registration / renewal. Refer to the link in fees and cost for RN license above. Today however, since there is a shortage of graduates from local universities, they seem to have been allowing foreign graduates and RNs to work as staff nurses even if they lack the professional qualification and experience of working at least 3 years in a hospital. This may change from time to time so it is still best to contact or get in touch with the authority in this case from Singapore or Singapore Nursing Board website.

Requirements and What to Review Before Taking the Singapore Nursing Board Exam

1) Letter of employment
2) Certified copy of :
- NRIC, birth certificate, passport or marriage certificate where applicable;
- Registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife or enrolment as an Enrolled Nurse (registration or enrolment certificate and practising certificate);
- Training certificate;
- Transcript of Nursing Education (with the breakdown in theory and record of clinical experience in hours);
- Work testimonials.
(The above documents must be certified true copies of original certificates/ documents by the employer in Singapore)
3) Verification of registration/enrollment to be sent directly from Registration/Licensing authority to Registrar, Singapore Nursing Board, 81 Kim Keat Road, #08-00, Singapore 328836.
4) Transcript of nursing education to be sent directly from the training institution to Registrar, Singapore Nursing Board, 81 Kim Keat Road, #08-00, Singapore 328836.
5) Any document that is not in English shall be accompanied by a certified translation in English.


1. A minimum of 3 years work experience – The nurse must bear employment certificates stating that she has worked for three (3) years in a hospital settig. The SNB does not consider volunteer work as part of the required three years. A few years ago, the minimum requirement was two (2) years, but with the increased interest, they bumped it up to three.
2. Applicants must pass the Singapore Nursing Board Exam – Before a nurse can work as an RN in Singapore they have to pass the country’s board exam.
3. The Basics – Birth Certificate, Nursing Transcript, Passport and References and Certificate of Employment from previous employer.

3 thoughts on “How to Become a Registered Nurse in Singapore (SNB)

  1. hi I want to work in Singapore as RN but I only have 2 years working experience here in the Philippines. If I work in Singapore as Enrolled nurse can I still have the opportunity to work as RN there??? or should I just work for another year here to have 3 years exp?? can someone help me to decide… tnx!

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