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 relevant Application Package.


“Special 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 extra time, a separate room, a reader, or a recorder.

To apply, request a Special 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 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
September 2, 2019 – November 4, 2019 November 18, 2019 – December 8, 2019
November 5, 2019 – January 13, 2020 January 27, 2020 – February 16, 2020
January 14, 2020 – May 25, 2020 June 8, 2020 – June 28, 2020
May 26, 2020 – August 24, 2020 September 7, 2020 – September 27, 2020
August 25, 2020 – October 26, 2020 November 9, 2020 – November 29, 2020


CPNRE Application Fees (payable to CLPNA) Fee
CPNRE/Provisional (formerly Temporary) Registration Application Fee* $100
Provisional Registration Fee (for Registration between January 1 – July 31)
*includes sterling silver lapel pin
Provisional Registration Fee (for Registration between August 1 – December 31)
*includes sterling silver lapel pin
– Applicants wanting to only write the CPNRE and do not plan to hold a Provisional Practice Permit, or,
– Applicants who are re-writing the exam.

Fees are in Canadian dollars. All fees are non-refundable. Should you require information regarding our refund policy, please contact the Registration Department at

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



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

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