General License to Practice

All nurses and midwives working in Uganda must have a general license to practice and this has to be renewed every 3 years.

The fee for enrolment/registration includes the license fee for the first three years.

When you collect your first certificate of enrolment or registration please do not leave the Council offices until you have been told what your license number is and had it is written on your receipt, along with the year for renewal.

The license number is unique to you.

All your qualifications will be covered by the one license to practice.

NB: During 2009 and 2010 some license numbers were duplicated so you may have your license number altered when you renew it. Processes have been put in place that now makes it very unlikely that this will be a problem in the future. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Renewal of License to Practice

Every 3 years you need to renew your license. Come to the Council offices at a date that is convenient to you. Alternatively visit any of our Satellite Regional offices in 13 Regional Referral Hospitals in Uganda. These are Arua, Lira, Soroti, Mbarara, Hoima, FortPortal Moroto Mbale, Jinja, Mubende and Kabale Regional Referral Hospitals that are operational for now  the remaining Regional Referral Hospitals will be operational before the end of 2015. Always come with your professional IDs and or Original professional Certificates  and the  evidence of one’s CPDs for practicing license renewal.

At Accounts:-

  • Show original certificate or professional ID with photocopy of the certificate for all qualifications.
  • Show previous receipt.
  •  Show Continuing Education Diary.
  •  The Renewal fee for  All Registered level (Diploma, Bachelors, Masters and PhD) is  80,000/=
  •   The Renewal fee for  All Enrolled  level (CCN,EN, EMHN,CM) is  50,000/=
  •   Renewal fee for Non Ugandans/Ugandans outside Uganda at all levels (cadres)  is USD 50
  •  If your previous renewal was over 3 years ago there is a late payment charge of   50% on each year of default
  • If you have a professional ID it will be stamped to indicate you have renewed.

If you already have a license number, go to Data department.

  • Show your certificates and receipt.
  • The details we have recorded on the computer will be checked with you and updated.
  • If you would like a copy of the information we hold on you this can be provided.

If you do not have a license number proceed to the senior nursing office.

  • Show your certificates and receipt.
  • You will be asked for some additional information.
  • You will be issued with a license number which will be written on your receipt.

NB: If renewing for someone else it is helpful if you know their date of birth, training school and place of work.

Private Practice Licenses

How to Obtain License – Private

Part VI of The Uganda Nurses and Midwives Act, 1996 addresses the issue to private general nursing and domiciliary practice licenses.

Private general nursing clinic and midwifery domiciliary clinic licenses are valid for one year and must be renewed by 31 March of each year. For details of the renewal process follow this link {link}.

Private General Nursing Clinic

The basic requirements are:-

  • A registered nurse who has served in a hospital or approved health unit for not less than ten years and has a current license to practice.
  • Provision of suitable equipped premises.

More detailed advice is contained in Ministry of Health Guidelines for Practice for Registered Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (2002).

At Senior Nursing Officer – Administration

Submit requirements.

  • Application letter to the Registrar UNMC.
    • State the location and name of the proposed unit.
    • Describe your training.
    • Describe your current employment.
  • A brief CV.
  • Recommendation letter from employer.
  • Photocopies of professional certificates – show original.
  • Photocopy of latest renewal of professional license.
  • Inspection form – obtained from UNMC – completed and stamped by the DHOs office.
  • 2 passport size photographs.

At accounts:-

  • Show registration certificate.
  • Show receipt for renewal of personal practice license.
  • Pay registration license fee – varies by location.

Return after 1 week to collect the private nursing clinic book:-

  • Original receipt.

Requirements for Private Midwifery Practice

Part VI of The Uganda Nurses and Midwives Act, 1996 addresses the issue to private general nursing practice. The basic requirements are:-

  • A registered or enrolled midwife who has served in a hospital or approved health unit for not less than five years and has a current license to practice.
  • Provision of suitable equipped premises.

At Senior Nursing Officer – Administration

Submit requirements.

  • Application letter to the Registrar UNMC.
    • State the location and name of the proposed unit.
    • Describe your training.
    • Describe your current employment.
  • A brief CV.
  • Recommendation letter from employer.
  • Photocopies of professional certificates – show original.
  • Photocopy of latest renewal of professional license.
  • Inspection form – obtained from UNMC – completed and stamped by the DHOs office.
  • 2 passport size photographs.

At accounts:-

  • Show registration certificate.
  • Show receipt for renewal of personal practice license.
  • Pay registration license fee – varies by location.

Return after 1 week to collect the private nursing clinic book:-

  • Original receipt.

Renewal of Private Practice License

At Senior Nursing Officer – Administration

  • Submit inspection form – obtained from UNMC – completed and stamped by the DHO’s office.
  • Private practice book.
  • Previous receipt for renewal.

At accounts:-

  • Show registration certificate/professional ID.
  • Show receipt for renewal of personal practice license – renew if necessary.
  • Show private license.
  • Show private practice book – which will be stamped.
  • Pay renewal private license fee.
    • 50,000/= for Domiciliary Homes in Hard to reach areas(Rural)  and 60,000/= for Urban areas
    • 65,000/=  for Nursing homes in hard tor each areas (Rural) and 75,000/= for Urban areas

At accounts:-

  • Receipts.

At accounts:-

  • Give in photocopy.
  • Wait for new private practice license.

At the Data Office:-

  • Your license details will be updated by the Data Department