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.


“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. Contact Student Services at, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).


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

  • Overview of the Scheduling and Test Centre Appointment Process
  • Scheduling your ProctorU Appointment

Please review the FAQs before scheduling your exam

Completed Applications (including transcripts) Received Between Testing Window
August 25, 2020 – October 26, 2020 November 9, 2020 – November 29, 2020
October 27, 2020 – January 11, 2021 January 25, 2021 – February 14, 2021
January 12, 2021 – May 24, 2021 June 7, 2021 – June 27, 2021
May 25, 2021 – August 23, 2021 September 6, 2021 – September 26, 2021
August 24, 2021 – October 25, 2021  November 8, 2021 – November 28, 2021


CPNRE Application Fees

See: Fee Schedule

For questions please contact the Registration Department at

CPNRE Booking and/or Rescheduling
*Please refer to ProctorU for further information.


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

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Updated March 1, 2020