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    Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE)

    As part of the process for becoming a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario, an applicant must first successfully complete the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE). This national examination measures the competencies required of nurses at the beginning of their practice.

    Practical nurse educators, clinicians and administrators from across Canada develop the examination with assistance from Assessment Strategies Inc., which ensures the CPNRE meets industry-accepted standards. Provincial and territorial regulatory authorities administer the exam within their jurisdictions and determine writing eligibility.

    The CPNRE consists of 180-200 objective multiple choice questions. There is one Test Book that is written over a four-hour period.

    Important Dates & Deadlines

    Examination Date Deadline to Apply Deadline to Withdraw / Reschedule without Penalty
    May 21, 2014 March 10, 2014 March 31, 2014
    September 10, 2014 June 23, 2014 July 25, 2014

    Ontario Examination Centres

    Centre May 2014 September 2014 
    Hamilton X X
    Kingston X X
    London X X
    Ottawa X X
    Sudbury X X
    Thunder Bay X X
    Toronto X X
    Windsor   X


    • When submitting your application, please provide a first and second choice of examination centres.
    • Applicants will be entered into a writing centre on a first come, first served basis.
    • Requests for transfer from one writing centre to another will be considered if received in writing by the Deadline to Apply date of the examination.
    • Requests for writing the examination in another province should be submitted in writing together with your application by the Deadline to Apply date of the examination.
    • Your application and examination fee must be received by the College of Nurses before or on the deadline specified, regardless of the postmark. We recommend that you allow at least five days for your mailed payment to reach us by the due date.

    Special accommodation requests, refund policies, preparing for the exam, what happens when you show up to write the exam, and more…

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