The Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE®) is the entry-to-practice competency-based examination for practical nurses in Prince Edward Island. It is administered by Assessment Strategies Inc. (ASI). As per ASI, “the purpose of the examination is to protect the public by ensuring that the entry-level practical nurse possesses the competencies required to practice safely and effectively.” For more information, please visit the ASI website.
The Prince Edward Island Licensed Practical Nurses Registration Board is very pleased to have administered, in collaboration with other provincial regulators, the first computer-based testing delivery of the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE®) in May/June 2016.
We have worked to make the transition from paper-and-pencil to computer-based testing a successful undertaking for those entering the profession and taking the CPNRE®.
As regulators, we know that technology is playing an enhanced role in the delivery of licensure/registration testing. We wanted to be proactive and take advantage of opportunities technology offers. Computer-based testing has allowed test writers to take the CPNRE® on a computer in a proctored test centre. This has allowed us to offer the CPNRE® more often and at more sites across Canada.
The jurisdictions that are offering the CPNRE® via computer-based testing include:
- College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia
- College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
- Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses
- College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba
- College of Nurses of Ontario
- Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses
- College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island Licensed Practical Nurses Registration Board
Upcoming dates for writing the CPNRE are as follows:
2017 CBT Window #1 January 16, 2017 – February 12, 2017
2017 CBT Window #2 May 22, 2017 – June 18, 2017
2017 CBT Window #3 September 25, 2017 – October 22, 2017
Pursuant to section 11 of the Licensed Practical Nurses Act Regulations (2009)
(2) In order to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam, an applicant shall
(a) demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Board that the applicant has successfully completed an approved training program or equivalent training; and
(b) pay the examination fee established by the bylaws.
(3) An applicant is required to pass the examination within 24 months immediately following graduation of an approved training program or the completion of equivalent training.
(4) An applicant may only write the examination a maximum of three times within the 24-month period referred to in subsection (3) and, after that period, the applicant may not write the examination again until the applicant retakes and successfully completes an approved training program or equivalent training.