International Educated Nurses

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.

READ – Temporary Registration – Practice Statement #2 (PDF)

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.

DOWNLOAD Temporary & CPNRE Registration Application Package (4MB PDF)


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) is based on the date CLPNA receives candidates Official Transcript (including the date the Diploma was granted) and CLPNA assesses the CPNRE Application Package.


“Special Accomodations” are requests for extra time, a separate room, a reader, a recorder, a large print exam or large print answer sheet.

To apply, submit a Special Accomodations Application and required documentation to the CLPNA. Contact Student Services at, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).


Computer-based testing for the CPNRE® begins in 2016.

Download and read the Test Writers Guide below for complete information about:

  • Overview of the Scheduling and Test Centre Appointment Process
  • Scheduling your Pearson VUE Test Centre Appointment

DOWNLOAD – Test Writers Guide to Scheduling Process For CPNRE® Computer-Based Testing (PDF)

Completed Applications (including transcripts) Received Between Testing Window
May 7, 2016 – September 9, 2016 September 26, 2016 – October 23, 2016
September 10, 2016 – December 30, 2016 January 16, 2017 – February 12, 2017
December 31, 2016 – May 5, 2017 May 22, 2017 – June 18, 2017
May 6, 2017 – September 8, 2017 September 25, 2017 – October 22, 2017

*TBD = To be determined.

CPNRE Application Fees (payable to CLPNA) 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

At the time of booking or rescheduling the computer-based test, a Booking Fee is also required by PearsonVue.

CPNRE Booking Fee (payable to PearsonVue) Fee
CPNRE Booking and/or Rescheduling
*Please refer to PearsonVue for further information at

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:

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: