Vendor to develop next generation National LPN Exam (CPNRE)


The Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR) is pleased to announce that Yardstick Assessment Strategies Inc. (YAS) has been selected as the vendor to develop, implement and deliver a new generation of the entry-to-practice high stakes examination for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in eight jurisdictions in Canada. CCPNR undertook a robust and extensive process that included exploring current best practices in exam development and delivery and engaging subject matter experts to develop the necessary and objective evaluation tools.

YAS is a Canadian corporation with extensive expertise in both examination development and administration. YAS has developed a thorough understanding of the entry-to-practice competencies of Canadian LPNs and has demonstrated a track record of developing and implementing reliable and valid examinations using fair, objective and transparent measures and processes having worked with Canadian LPN regulators, educators and practitioners for the past 20 years. It currently provides the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination.

Over the next two years, the following jurisdictions will work closely with YAS to develop a new generation of the exam leveraging innovation and technology to provide an exam that is adaptive to future trends in examination delivery:

• Government of Yukon, Professional Licensing & Regulatory Affairs
• College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
• Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses
• College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba
• Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses
• College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia
• College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Prince Edward Island
• College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador

Practical nurse regulatory bodies will continue to exchange knowledge and communication updates with its stakeholders throughout the development process. The target date for launching the new generation exam is 2022.

The CCPNR is the federation of provincial organizations whose provincial and territorial members are identified in legislation responsible for the safety of the public through the regulation of Licensed/Registered Practical Nurses.

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