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Important update about the exam​

BCCNM and the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) is partnering with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to develop a new regulatory exam for practical nurses. The new exam will come into effect Jan. 4, 2022. Learn more»​​​​​​​

The Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exa​m​i​n​​ation (CPNRE®) is the national exam for a​ll applicants who want to become LPNs in Canada. Yardstick Assessment Strategies (YAS) administers the e​xam.

Writing the CPNRE® is the final step in the registration application process. If you applied for registration as a graduate of a BCCNM-recognized practical nursing (PN) education program in B.C.; as a graduate from a recognized PN education program in an​other Canadian jurisdiction; or as an internationally educated nurse, you will be required to successfully complete this exam before you can hold practising registration. You may be eligible f​or provisional registration, which allows you to work as an LPN while you are waiting to write the exam. Read more about provisional registration​.

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).​

2021 Exam Dates

Please note: Exam dates may be postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Jan. 25 - Feb. 21
  • Jun. 7 - 27
  • Sept. 6 - 26
  • Nov. 8 - 28

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