Although POLHN courses are self-paced, they can be used to get credit toward licencing renewal in a number of Pacific island countries. Upon completion of a POLHN course, you will receive an official certificate that you print out. This is your proof of completion, and is what is used to gain credit for courses.
See below for how to get credit for POLHN courses in your country of residence.
Nurses need 20 CPD points to qualify for renewal of practicing license for the following year. These points can be obtained through workshops and continuing nursing education sessions. Each one hour session qualifies for 1 point. The facilitator of these also qualifies for 2 points for every hour of presentation.
Nurses and health care professionals in Fiji can also get points from POLHN courses. The Fiji Nursing Council awards one point per certificate completed. To see what courses are on offer, visit the POLHN courses page.
For other health care professions, see below to find out more on registration and credit:
- For health practitioners
- For medical imaging technologists
- Registration through Fiji Society for Medical Imaging Technologists (website here)
- For medical lab scientists
- Can register to become a member through the Fiji Institute of Medical Lab Scientists (FIMLS). More information on registration and licencing at the FIMLS website here.
- For requirements regarding infection prevention and control, the POLHN course by the same name can be completed (click here)
- For food inspectors
In order to receive recognition for the completion of POLHN courses, health professionals should present a copy of their course certificate. This can be accessed and printed out upon completion of a course.
For any questions on POLHN in Fiji, contact Ms Devina Guandan (email here).
Fiji Nursing Council application for registration/licencing
Healthcare staff in Palau can use their completion of POLHN courses and other CPD courses toward their licence renewal. Continuing medical education (CME) credits (also known as points) are necessary for this.
For online courses
Online courses from POLHN and other online providers can be used for CME credits. One hour of course amounts to one CME credit. To use this toward licence renewal, a copy of thecourse certificate or a transcript of the courses taken and should be attached to the completed licence application.
In addition to these courses, staff can receive continuing education hours for any POLHN training that they complete. These occur at POLHN Learning Centres in a range of topics. To receive credit for this, a copy of the attendance sheet signed by the instructor should be used.
For more information on POLHN and getting credit in Palau, please contact Ms Sunshine Garcia (email here).
In addition to credit for licence renewal, POLHN also sponsors postgraduate study at Fiji National University, the Pacific Paramedical Training Centre, and Penn Foster Dental School. For more information, visit our page on POLHN sponsorship.