For international nurses, National Nursing Assessment Service starts Aug 12

National Nursing Assessment ServiceOn August 12, 2014, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) will join 22 other nursing regulatory bodies across Canada in launching the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS).

A project nine years in the making, NNAS is the beginning of a national approach to the assessment of Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse and Registered Psychiatric Nurse applicants who (a) completed their nursing education outside of Canada and (b) are not currently registered to practice as a nurse within Canada.

More information about NNAS is available at

When NNAS’s web portal goes live on August 12, all internationally educated applicants to the CLPNA will submit their applications and pay their initial assessment fees to NNAS within a secure online environment.

RELATED – For Internationally Educated Nurses – Applying for Registration through CLPNA

NNAS Services

Benefits to applicants will include the ability to:

  • Apply to multiple jurisdictions within Canada.
  • Send documents (e.g., education transcripts) to just one central location, regardless of how many jurisdictions an applicant applies to.
  • Track the status of their application online.
  • Access a toll-free customer care line with service in both English and French.

5 Key Points

In the meantime, here are five key points about NNAS and how it will work to provide greater transparency and timeliness in the application processes:

  1. NNAS will not make decisions about an applicant’s eligibility for registration. The CLPNA and all other regulatory bodies involved with NNAS will continue to make the final decision on whether to accept or refuse an applicant’s request for registration.
  1. NNAS will conduct the initial review of an application. NNAS will function as the start of an applicant’s journey to registration by accepting the applicant’s initial application and assessing the documents (e.g., education transcripts, identity documents). NNAS will then create an advisory report that the CLPNA will use along with other information to determine whether the applicant can proceed to the next steps in the registration process – steps CLPNA will continue to administer.
  1. NNAS will apply only to those applicants who were educated outside of Canada and have never been registered as a nurse in Canada. Applicants who were educated at an approved nursing program in Canada or are currently registered as a nurse in another Canadian jurisdiction will continue to be assessed by the CLPNA under current registration processes.
  1. The registration requirements have not changed. Provincial legislation, regulation and policy sets out the requirements that all applicants must meet before they can practice nursing in Alberta.
  1. NNAS only affects those who submit their applications after August 12, 2014. When NNAS is launched, all new applicants will be directed to the NNAS Website to begin the application process. Applicants who apply to the CLPNA before August 12 will continue to be assessed by the CLPNA; they will not be asked to re-submit their applications to NNAS when its portal goes live.

We are currently working to ensure all CLPNA systems and processes are updated to accommodate the launch of NNAS. We are also communicating changes to the process through our website and through direct communications with applicants.

RELATED – CLPNA’s “I am an Internationally Educated Nurse” information page

For questions about the registration process for internationally educated nurses, contact, 780-484-8886, 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

17 Responses to “For international nurses, National Nursing Assessment Service starts Aug 12”

  1. Hi
    I graduated BSN from the Philippines year 1989 and i’m planning to get a Licensed Practical Nurse program here in Canada. I am 45 years old already, Am i allowed to take this LPN course program ? What is the first thing for me to do to become LPN? should i get any credit from my past nursing school? How long will it take for me to study and How much should it cost me? Is there any online program available for this course? Thanks for your help

  2. Hi I’m Ana from Alberta. I’m a registered nurse from the Philippines and planning to apply as LPN here in CAnada. When and how can I get the application package for LPN requirements? Is it already available in the website? Thank you!

  3. Hi! Im a Registered Nurse in the Philippines and im interested in becoming an LPN in Canada. I am 22 years old. Ive visited the site youve given to them but unforunately i didnt find the answer to my question. I would like to know how will i submit the requirements so that i can register? Is it through mail? Thank you and ill appreciate your response.

  4. hi i am fidelia, a rgn. i will like to apply as lpn in alberta, i am from nigeria where eglish language is our mother language. i completed my nursing education in italy and practising for the past ten years in italy…….. do i need to take english test?

    • Fidelia, all applicants whose first language is not English are required to successfully demonstrate English language competence, with a few exceptions. Read our English Language Testing Standards here:

  5. Hi I did my nursing from India how can I apply for challenge test in calgary alberta

  6. Hi i am a diploma nurse from india as english is not my first language so plez tell me that i have to appear for ielts exam before registration or not.

  7. hi my name is hanna and i am a RN in the Philippines.. im very interested become a LPN here in alberta.. im not a permanent resident here and i dont have english exam.. do i still have a chance on applying for LPN..? im willing to take a english exam for completion of the requirements..

  8. I’ve read about people who had undergone the process of NNAS and some of them got a result of “non-comparable” does that mean that the person will not have a chance to work in Canada ever? Please reply

    • NNAS reviews your educational curriculum in comparison to your Canadian curriculum. The result of this is dependent on a number of factors – how your educational institution writes curriculum in comparison to how Canadian curriculum is written, what is taught in your program, and when you took your program for example. Once your NNAS Report comes to CLPNA and you have applied to CLPNA, we review not only your education but any experiences beyond what you have learned in school such as education you have received from an employer, your work experience after graduation, and anything else you feel would improve your application.

      Getting the NNAS report is only the beginning of the process towards assessment. It is not the end of the process. With a “not comparable” result, you still have the chance of working in Canada.