The Japanese government has begun the examination process for those who are ready to join the workforce in the Nursing industry. More countries and exams are expected to be added later this year. Over the next 5 years, the industry is estimated to welcome around 60,000 new foreign workers to Japan. Many eager workers in the Philippines gathered at testing centers in Manila in April for their chance to pass the Nursing and language exams to work in Japan under the new “Specified Skills” visa, and many more will soon join them as testing continues.
How to Apply for the Nursing Skills Exam
The skills exam is a computer based test hosted by Prometric. When you visit the Prometric homepage, you can choose the country where you would like to take the exam. Currently, the Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia, Mongolia, Japan, Nepal, and Cambodia are all holding examinations for nursing and caregiving. To register for the evaluation to work in Japan, applicants must first apply for a lottery to receive an exam voucher. If chosen during the draw, applicants may then purchase the voucher for 1,000 PHP at the designated location. All proper forms of ID must be prepared to receive the voucher, including a photo ID (passport, driver’s license, etc.) and Prometric ID. Vouchers must be brought on exam day. Here is a look at the application for that can be found on the official website.
The conditions for applying are as follows:
- Only applicants who are taking a Nursing care skills evaluation test and Nursing care Japanese language test are permitted to take Japan Foundation Test for Basic Japanese.
- Only first-time applicants are allowed to take the exam at this time.
- Even if you win the lottery draw, the number of vouchers may differ from the amount you requested in the application.
- Prior to purchasing vouchers, you need to prepare and bring all of the Prometric ID’s and names for all the applicants.
At the bottom of the application form, you can request the number of vouchers for each exam. Applicants who have already passed JLPT N4 do not need to purchase vouchers for the Japan Foundation for Basic Japanese (JFT-Basic).
Because the process is based on a lottery draw, completing the application does not guarantee that you will be able to purchase any vouchers. Myanmar is one of the newest countries hosting the skills exams for nursing. You may apply for the chance to purchase a test voucher in Myanmar from February 10. The vouchers are awarded on a first-come-first-served basis, so apply as soon as possible. For more information on the Myanmar exams check here.
The exams are computer based and provided by Prometric. In order to participate in any exam by Prometric, an officeial Prometric ID is needed. A valid email address is necessary to receive a Prometric ID. You can set up your ID at the Prometric official website.
Nursing Exams Preparation
Some specific skills and knowledge are required to pass the exam and work in Japan. The exams are designed to ensure that only eligible workers will be hired. However, with some studying, you can pass with ease.
The Nursing Care Skills Evaluation Test consists of 45 questions and lasts 60 minutes. Questions will cover the basics of Nursing and evaluate our general knowledge of the industry. Anyone with prior experience will likely have little trouble passing the exam, but it is best to be prepared as much as possible.
The Nursing Care Japanese Language Evaluation Test consists of 15 questions and lasts for only 30 minutes. Obviously some specialized language skills will be required for working in this industry in particular. Basic Japanese related to the Nursing industry will be tested, including Nursing specific vocabulary, body parts, common ailments, medical tools, and basic conversation will be covered in the exam.
As space is limited, vouchers will stop being sold once the quota is reached. However, there will be more chances in the future to apply. Keep checking here or the official Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare website for updates.
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