CANADIAN PRACTICAL NURSE REGISTRATION EXAM (CPNRE)
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 CPNRE Application Package.
“Special Accommodations” are requests for extra time, a separate room, a reader, a recorder, a large print exam or large print answer sheet.
To apply, submit a Special Accomodations Application and required documentation to the CLPNA. Contact Student Services at email@example.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).
SUBMISSION DEADLINES & CPNRE DATES
Computer-based testing for the CPNRE® began in 2016.
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
|Completed Applications (including transcripts) Received Between||Testing Window|
|May 6, 2017 – September 8, 2017||September 25, 2017 – October 22, 2017|
|September 9, 2017 – January 14, 2018||January 29, 2018 – February 18, 2018|
|January 15, 2018 – May 23, 2018||June 11, 2018 – July 1, 2018|
|May 28, 2018 – September 1, 2018||September 17, 2048 – October 7, 2018|
|September 2, 2018 – November 4, 2018||November 19, 2018 – December 9, 2018|
*TBD = To be determined.
|CPNRE Application Fees (payable to CLPNA)||Fee|
|CPNRE/Temporary Registration Application*
*Fee includes the cost of the CPNRE Exam, Initial and Annual Registration, sterling silver LPN lapel pin
|CPNRE Re-write Fee (For 2nd and 3rd re-writes of the CPNRE)||$300|
|CPNRE Only Fee (For Alberta PN students not registering with CLPNA due to moving out of province after graduation)||$300|
At the time of booking or rescheduling the computer-based test, a Booking Fee is also required by PearsonVue.
|CPNRE Booking Fee (payable to PearsonVue)||Fee|
|CPNRE Booking and/or Rescheduling
*Please refer to PearsonVue for further information at www.pearsonvue.com/cpnre.
Fees are in Canadian dollars. All fees are non-refundable. Should you require information regarding our refund policy, please contact the Exam Administrator.www.pearsonvue.com/cpnre.
STUDYING FOR THE CPNRE
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:
- NorQuest College (Edmonton) – CPNRE Prep Workshop 1 – Website or call 780-644-6282.
- Bow Valley College (Calgary) – CPNRE Exam Preparation or call 403-410-1400.
- Rosewood College (Calgary) – CPNRE Review Classes – Call 403-404-6313 or 403-836-9578.
- Columbia College (Calgary) – CPNRE Prep Course or call 403-648-2256 Ext. 2.
- Lethbridge College (Lethbridge) – CPNRE Preparation Course or call 403-320-3288.
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.
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.
CPNRE Test Preparation
Read our CPNRE Test Preparation advice document.
About the CPNRE
Learn more about the CPNRE: www.cpnre.ca