The Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE®) is an entry-to-practice competency-based examination. Success on the CPNRE® depends on an individual’s knowledge of practical nursing principles and the ability to apply this knowledge.
We are pleased to be collaborating with provincial/territorial regulatory authorities to deliver the CPNRE®. It will be delivered in Pearson VUE’s network of proctored test centres across Canada.
Before scheduling an appointment with Pearson VUE to take the examination at a test centre, test writers must have already:
If further clarification is required, contact your provincial/territorial regulatory authority for more information.
Test writers will have access to Pearson VUE test centres, across more than 100 cities and towns in Canada.
Test centre locations can be found on the Pearson VUE website.
A test writer will receive an Authorization to Test email from Pearson VUE. Instructions for scheduling your appointment (as well as all the required information such as the Candidate ID), will be included in this email.
It is recommended that you schedule your appointment well in advance of the examination Authorized Dates indicated in the email. Accommodations for test writers must first be approved by the provincial/territorial regulatory authority.
A Computer-Based Testing Demonstration (“CBT Demo Test”) is available to all test writers made eligible by provincial Practical Nurse Regulators to write the CPNRE. The purpose of this short demonstration is to familiarize test writers with how to take a CBT test by way of YAS’s test delivery system.
A brief webinar—What to expect when taking the computer-based Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE)—is available for educators. You can view this short webinar for an overview of examination format, details about the computer-based testing experience, and information on YAS’s test delivery system navigation feature.
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