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Computer-based testing for national CPNRE exam coming in May

(posted Sept 28/15) – The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) is very pleased to be collaborating with other provincial regulatory colleagues and Assessment Strategies Inc. to implement computer-based testing to deliver the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE®) starting in May 2016. READ MORE…

New Graduates


Temporary Registration allows new graduates who have completed an approved Practical Nursing Program in Alberta to practice (work) as a nurse while waiting to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE).

Temporary Registration is short term; not to exceed one year. Members with Temporary Registration are recognized as a Licensed Practical Nurse and may carry out the competencies of an entry-level practitioner. After expiring, Temporary Registration may not be renewed.

Working or accepting employment as a LPN without having your Temporary Practice Permit is not permitted and a contravention of the Health Professions Act of Alberta.

Upon successful completion of the CPNRE, the LPN is eligible for an “Active” Practice Permit.

Read the complete Temporary Registration – Practice Statement #2 .


Eligibility and Application Timelines

Successfully passing the CPNRE is the final step required for practical nursing students to obtain full registration with CLPNA.

To be eligible to write this exam you must be a successful graduate of a Practical Nursing Program in Alberta or an internationally educated nurse who has been assessed by CLPNA.

The CPNRE cannot be “challenged” to meet LPN entry-to-practice requirements.

Eligibility to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) on a specific exam date is based on the date CLPNA receives candidates Official Transcript (including the date the Diploma was granted) and CLPNA assesses the CPNRE Application Package.

CPNRE Application Packages are available to Alberta Practical Nurse students. To receive an CPNRE Application Package, please contact the Exam Administrator at, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta) with:

  • your contact information
  • your college name
  • your graduation date from the practical nurse program
  • whether or not you plan on working as a LPN in Alberta after graduation

The CPNRE Application Package and supporting documentation must be received by the CPNRE Application Package Submission Deadline date listed below.

Registration for the CPNRE will not occur until CLPNA receives Official Transcripts (including date Diploma was granted) and CLPNA assesses the CPNRE Application Package.


Special Accommodations Deadline = Requests for extra time, a separate room, a reader, a recorder, a large print exam or large print answer sheet must be made by this deadline.

If Special Accommodations for the CPNRE are required, a Special Accommodation Application Package must be submitted by the candidate by the Special Accommodation Deadline. Contact the Exam Administrator at, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).


 CPNRE Application Package Submission Deadline Special Accommodation Application Deadline Official Transcript Submission Deadline CPNRE (Exam) Date CPNRE Center Locations
30-Oct-15 6-Nov-15 20-Nov-15 13-Jan-16 Edmonton

Computer-based Testing

Starting in 2016, we will offer the CPNRE® by computer-based testing.

Completed Applications (including transcripts) Received Between Testing Window
November 2, 2015 – May 6, 2016 May 23, 2016 – June 19, 2016
May 7, 2016 – September 9, 2016 September 26, 2016 – October 23, 2016

*TBD = To be determined.

CPNRE Application Fees Fee
CPNRE/Temporary Registration Application*
*Fee includes the cost of the CPNRE Exam, Initial and Annual Registration, sterling silver LPN lapel pin, and LPN Key to Self-Regulation.
CPNRE Re-write Fee (For 2nd and 3rd re-writes of the CPNRE) $295
CPNRE Only Fee (For Alberta PN students not registering with CLPNA due to moving out of province after graduation) $295

Fees are in Canadian dollars. All fees are non-refundable. Should you require information regarding our refund policy, please contact the Exam Administrator.


Listed below are several resources to help students prepare for the CPNRE.

CPNRE Preparation Workshops

The following in-person workshops are available on various dates. Contact the colleges directly for details:

  • NorQuest College (Edmonton) – CPNRE Prep Workshop 1Website or call 780-644-6282.
  • Rosewood College (Calgary) – CPNRE Review Classes – Call 403-404-6313 or 403-836-9578.

Canadian Practical Nurse Exam Prep Guide (4th Edition)

The CPNRE Prep Guide, 4th Edition, will help you prepare to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination. The Prep Guide is designed to familiarize you with the format of the actual examination and to provide you with information on the content of the examination.

The guide contains a full-length Practice Exam developed by the same people who create and score the examination. The Practice Exam is a simulation of an actual examination.

Order the Canadian Practical Nurse Exam Prep Guide (4th Edition)

CPNRE Predictor Test Website

The CPNRE Predictor Test is a tool designed to help you gauge how ready you are to take the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) and to help focus your studying by identifying areas in which you are weak.

Go to the CPNRE Predictor Test Website

CPNRE Test Preparation

Read our CPNRE Test Preparation PDF advice document.

About the CPNRE

Learn more about the CPNRE: