Provision of Computer Based Testing (CBT) Services for the Test of Competence

A Concession Contract Award

Contract (Services)
5 year
12 Jul 2019
not specified


The Nursing and Midwifery Council (the ‘NMC’) regulates nurses, midwives and nursing associates in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. From January 2019 the NMC will also regulate the new nursing associate profession in England. CBT provider with a proven track record and capability of hosting and supplying testing facilities for CBT applicants not just in the UK but also worldwide so applicants can complete part one of the test of competence before commencing to the OSCE examination (Section II.2.4)



Geochart for 2 buyers and 1 suppliers

Total Quantity or Scope

The order provides that the NMC must establish and maintain a register of qualified nurses, midwives and nursing associates. In order to do so, the NMC must from time to time establish the standards of proficiency necessary to be admitted to the different parts of the register. The standards of proficiency are the standards the NMC considers necessary for safe and effective practise under that part of the register. Applicants will only be admitted to the NMC’s register if they meet the NMC’s standards of proficiency and are capable of safe and effective practice. An assessment of an applicant’s professional qualification is an important part of that assessment process. The purpose of the test of competence is to assess an applicant’s skills, knowledge and experience against our standards of proficiency. The nursing, midwifery and nursing associate professions each have their own standards of proficiency. The test of competence comprises two elements. The first is a computer based test (the ‘CBT’) which consists of a number of multiple choice questions designed to assess applicants’ theoretical knowledge and understanding. The second element is the objective structured clinical examination (the ‘OSCE’) which is a practical assessment of applicants’ practical skills and knowledge.

Award Detail

1 Pearson Professional Assessments (London)
  • Provision of Computer Based Testing (CBT) Services for the Test of Competence

CPV Codes

  • 80490000 - Operation of an educational centre
  • 80530000 - Vocational training services
  • 80561000 - Health training services

Other Information

Information on value of the concession and main financing terms (including VAT) Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot/concession: 6 685 500.00 GBP Total value of the concession/lot: 6 474 000.00 GBP