Nurses’ Certificate in Anaesthesia

The Improve International NCert(Anaesth) modular training programme has been accredited by ISVPS as being a suitable education programme based on the course content and the calibre of the tutors delivering the taught course.

Candidates are required to study all areas of the course syllabus, which comprises both taught and non-taught areas. Full details of the course syllabus will be available by Improve International on registration for the course.


To achieve the NCert(Anaesth), candidates are required to:

  • Attend the ISVPS-accredited modular training programme
  • Submit 1 x 2,500-word clinical audit
  • Sit an online multiple choice question (MCQ) examination
  • Sit an online ‘spot test’ examination

Candidates will also be required to complete the following additional study:

  • Further reading on the taught subjects
  • Additional study of the non-taught areas of the course syllabus.

On successful attainment of the NCert(Anaesth), candidates are awarded a personalised certificate, and their name is included in the ISVPS register of Nurses’ Certificate holders.

Frequently asked questions

How long will it take?

Following course completion, candidates have up to four years to satisfy ISVPS assessment requirements to obtain the NCert.

What if I am not successful in passing one of the components of the examination?

Candidates are required to pass all components of the examination to gain the NCert(Anaesth) qualification. Candidates who fail their clinical audit will be given clear indications where they were unsuccessful and guidelines on how to complete their case report to the required standard. An administration fee is payable to re-sit the final examination or resubmit the case report.

How do I get started?

Candidate enrolled on accredited modular training programmes are sent information on how to register for an ISVPS examination.



Please contact ISVPS for information on fees.

Examination and Submission Dates

2020 Examination Candidates

Examination and Submission Dates

  • Registration and payment – 27th February 2020
  • Multiple choice question exam – 27th November 2020
  • Spot test examination – 27th November 2020
  • Clinical audit – 25th March 2021

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