New Graduate Information
Congratulations on completing the program! As you have completed your academic studies you should become familiar with some of the legal obligations you will be required to meet as a psychiatric nurse. The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Act and bylaws, empowers the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan to set the requirements for membership and licensure of psychiatric nurses. These requirements are met in a number of ways, registration examinations, and initial registration requirements, temporary and active practising licences.
Here is the process you are about to undergo:
1. Register for the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination (RPNCE) You must submit your RPNCE application, payment and required documents to the RPNAS office at least 8 weeks prior to the examination date.
2. Obtain a graduate license. Our legislation allows for a graduate psychiatric nurse category and the granting of temporary licence for those psychiatric nurses who have written or are waiting to write the registration examination for psychiatric nurse.
3. Obtain your active license and status with the RPNAS. Graduate Psychiatric Nurses, on successfully passing the registration examination, are eligible for active practising membership with the RPNAS.
**Please contact the RPNAS directly at to request Special Accommodation forms, if applicable **
Registered Psychiatric Nurses Canada Examination (RPNCE)
The RPNCE is written 3 times a year on the third Wednesday of the month in January, May & October.
Requirements for registration and eligibility to write the RPNCE include submitting your application, payment and required documents to the RPNAS office at least 8 weeks prior to the examination date.
Special Accommodation requests for Disabilities:
If you require special accommodations for the writing of the RPNCE, contact the RPNAS office immediately to obtain the necessary application forms. We require 3 months prior to the exam writing to validate the need for special accommodation. RPNAS will ask you to provide supporting documentation in the case of a mental health or physical condition and a psycho-‐educational assessment in the case of learning disability.
Your completed application requires the following be enclosed with it:
- Copy of Birth Certificate
- Copy of legal documentation if your surname has changed (Marriage Certificate)
- Copy of picture identification ( Driver’s Licence or Passport)
- Original copy of a current Criminal Record check
- $661.50 Examination Fee*
Cost (per sitting)………………………………………………………………………………………$661.50*
Graduate Psychiatric Nurse Membership and Temporary Licence
In the province of Saskatchewan use of the title Nurse is protected by legislation. The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Act protects the title psychiatric nurse, Registered Psychiatric Nurse, the abbreviation PN or RPN or any word, title or designation, abbreviated or otherwise, to imply that the person is a practising member of the RPNAS.
No person other than a graduate psychiatric nurse shall use the title Graduate Psychiatric Nurse, the abbreviation GPN or any word, title or designation, abbreviated or otherwise, to imply that the person is a graduate psychiatric nurse.
If you plan to work immediately after your graduation as graduate psychiatric nurse in Saskatchewan, you will be required to obtain Graduate Nurse licence. This licence is limited to four-month period, with the option for a second four-month period, if requirements are met.
The cost of a Graduate Nurse Licence is 1/3 of the cost of the current active practising licence fee plus the fee for professional liability protection (PLP) through the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS).
Please contact RPNAS directly at to request information regarding an application for Graduate Licence.
Active Registration and Licence as Registered Psychiatric Nurse
Graduate psychiatric nurses, on successfully passing the registration examination, are eligible for active practising membership with the RPNAS. If you plan to work as psychiatric nurse in Saskatchewan the same protection of title outlined above applies.
Once eligible for licensure, your initial registration with the association must be active practising. If you wish to practise with the full privileges as a registered psychiatric nurse, with practising membership and licensure, you must apply for that status.
Your Graduate licence provides you with the graduate status (GPN) only, limiting your practise and requiring supervision from an RPN or RN with active status.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office at 306-586-4617 or
*Subject to change without notice.