The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta is responsible for ensuring that graduates of practical nursing programs and nurses educated in other countries applying to become licensed practical nurses in Alberta meet an acceptable level of competence before they begin to practice in Alberta. One of the ways the CLPNA measures this competence is by the Canadian Practical Nursing Registration Examination (CPNRE). The CPNRE tests knowledge of practical nursing principles and the ability to apply this knowledge in healthcare scenarios.

For frequently asked questions about the CPNRE see:


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Eligibility and Application Timelines

Successfully passing the CPNRE is the final step required for practical nursing students to obtain Active registration with the 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 the 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 the CLPNA receives the candidates Official Transcript (including the date the Diploma was granted) and the  CLPNA assesses the relevant Application Package including payment.

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“Accommodations” are requests for various reasons related to a disability that is currently being treated by a physician or has been diagnosed and treated in the past that could potentially impair performance on the CPNRE. Examples of such accommodations can include requiring extra time, a separate room, a reader, or a recorder.

To apply, request an Accommodations Application from the CLPNA and submit the completed application and required documentation to the CLPNA.

Email Student Services, or call 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

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Completed Applications (including transcripts) Received Between Testing Window
August 24, 2021 – October 25, 2021 November 8, 2021 – November 28, 2021
October 26, 2021 – December 19, 2021 January 3, 2022 – January 31, 2022
December 20, 2021 – February 15, 2022 March 1, 2022 – March 31, 2022
February 16, 2022 – April 17, 2022 May 1, 2022 – May 31, 2022
April 18, 2022 – June 17, 2022 July 1, 2022 – July 31, 2022
June 18, 2022 – August 18, 2022 September 1, 2022 – September 30, 2022
August 19, 2022 – October 18, 2022 November 1, 2022 – November 30, 2022

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CPNRE – starting January 2022 Exam Window $600 (all inclusive fee)


See: Fee Schedule. For questions please Email Student Services.

ProctorU Booking and/or Rescheduling

Please review the FAQs before scheduling your exam

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

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

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.

RELATED – CPNRE Predictor Test Website

CPNRE Test Preparation

Read our CPNRE Test Preparation advice document.

About the CPNRE

Learn more about the CPNRE:

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Updated November 23, 2021


For more information, please contact:

Email Student Services

Ask CLPNA or call 1-800-661-5877 (toll-free in Alberta), or 780-484-8886.