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All LPN applicants seeking BCCNM registration must write and pass the regulatory exam. The exam tests the applicant’s knowledge of the competencies required of entry -level licensed practical nurses for safe and effective practice. You may be eligible for provisional registration, which allows you to work as an LPN while you are waiting to write the exam. Read more about provisional registration.

The Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE®) is the current national exam for LPN applicants in Canada. CPNRE® is a computer-based test (answer questions on a computer screen instead of paper) and can be taken at any of the approved Pearson VUE test centres across Canada (except Newfoundland & Labrador, Quebec, and Yukon).

New exam coming Jan. 2022!

BCCNM and the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) have partnered with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to develop a new entry-to-practice exam for practical nurses. The Regulatory Exam – Practical Nurse will launch on Jan. 4, 2022.

Final CPNRE writings​

There are two remaining test windows for the CPNRE before the REx-PN takes effect on Jan. 4, 2022. If you will be eligible to write the registration exam prior to January 2022, please be aware of the dates below. Applications received after October 25, 2021 will be assessed for eligibility to write the REx-PN. 


Sept. 6-26, 2021 exam window

​Nov. 8-28, 2021 exam window

​Deadline to apply for accommodation
​(deadline passed)
​Sept. 8, 2021
​Deadline to apply (including payment)
​Aug. 23, 2021
​Oct. 25, 2021
​Deadline for BCCNM to receive transcripts from program
​Aug. 23, 2021
​Oct. 25, 2021

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