Registered Psychiatric Nurses, Partnering with People

Who can write the RPNCE?

To write the RPNCE for the first time, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Graduate of an approved Canadian psychiatric nursing program within the last 4 years or deemed substantially equivalent within last 2 years
  • Be of good character and fit to practice
  • Pass a criminal record check
  • Pay all required fees
  • Submit identification and all other required documents
  • Have acceptable English fluency (CELBAN or IELTs testing in appropriate cases)
  • For international applicants, able to attend in Canada to write the examination within your 2 year eligibility

Internationally Educated Psychiatrics Nurses

Once the RPNAS notifies you that you are eligible to write the examination, you must write the exam within two (2) years. If you do not write the exam within the first year of that two-year period, you will have to resubmit a Resume, Criminal Record Check, Confirmation of Registration and Employment References.

Important: After two (2) years have passed, you must restart the application process from the beginning, directly through the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS)

Effective August 12, 2014, all internationally educated nurses who want to register with the RPNAS must first apply directly through the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS), a national online application service developed by the nursing regulatory bodies across Canada

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