Applicants must have the following qualifications before taking the CGFNS Examination.

1.. Have successfully graduated from Higher Secondary School Education.

2.. Have graduated from a Government approved Nursing School whose two or more general nursing programmes included both theory and clinical practice in each of the five areas of nursing - Medical, Surgical, Obstetric, Pediatric and Psychiatric.

3.. Hold a valid license / registration to practice as a general nurse in the country, province or state where they obtained their general nursing education.