Canadian Practical Nursing Registration Examination (CPNRE) Information for IENs

International Educated Nurses are required to write the CPNRE.  You are provided three times within 24 months of receiving approval to pass the exam.  The writings are in January, May and September. You must have your Examination Fee of $350.00 paid to CLPNNS no later than eight weeks prior to the scheduled exam writing. You are able to pay with Visa or MasterCard or by money order payable to CLPNNS.

If the Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) has written the Practical Nursing NCLEX, United States (USA) based exam, the IEN may be exempt from writing the CPNRE. The IEN must show proof of practice as a LPN in the USA. The LPN requires a minimum of 500 hours of acceptable practice in a hospital and/or long-term care agency in the USA in the past 12 months. The applicant may be eligible for a temporary license with or without conditions until they complete any required remedial education as determined by the Executive Director-Registrar or delegate.

If an Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) applicant fails the CPNRE while working with a temporary license, the temporary license is considered to be “void” with no eligibility to extend the temporary license.