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 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 email@example.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).
SUBMISSION DEADLINES & CPNRE DATES
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|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|CPNRE Booking Fee (payable to PearsonVue)||Fee|
|CPNRE Booking and/or Rescheduling
*Please refer to PearsonVue for further information.
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.
- 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.
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.
CPNRE Test Preparation
Read our CPNRE Test Preparation advice document.
About the CPNRE
Learn more about the CPNRE: www.cpnre.ca