NP-Primary Health Care (Ontario)

The Canadian Nurse Practitioner Examination by the Canadian Nurses Association has been approved for NP candidates applying to the College of Nurses of Ontario for the Primary Health Care specialty certificate. 

You have up to three attempts to pass this exam.

How to Apply

The Canadian Nurse Practitioner Examination is a paper-based exam. Complete and return your Examination Application form (available from the College) with payment by the deadline indicated below.  

Your application and examination fee must be received by the College of Nurses of Ontario before or on the deadline specified, regardless of the postmark. Please allow at least five days for your mailed payment to reach the College by the due date.

Also remember:

  • When submitting your application, provide a first and second choice of writing centre. Applicants will be assigned a writing centre on a first-come, first-served basis. A request to transfer from one writing centre to another will be considered if the request is received by the College at least 30 days before the exam date.

  • Candidates that require special accommodation for writing the exam should contact the College at least 90 days before the examination.

  • The CNPE blueprint and preparatory guides are available from CNA's bookstore (phone 1 800 361-8404).
Important Dates and Deadlines
Examination date Deadline to apply Deadline to withdraw/reschedule without penalty
May 2, 2018 March 7, 2018 March 16, 2018
October 10, 2018 August 3, 2018 August 24, 2018
Examination Centres
Location May October
London   x
Ottawa x x
Sudbury   x
Thunder Bay   x
Toronto x x
Writing the Examination

Once the College has accepted your application to write the examination, you will receive an identification card that will admit you to the examination room. If you have not received this card two weeks before the examination date, contact the College's Customer Service Centre.

You must bring your identification card and another piece of ID that includes both your picture and signature for admission to the examination. Acceptable forms of identification are: a valid passport, a driver's licence, a Canadian citizenship card or a student identification card. If you do not have one of these documents, a recent photograph bearing your notarized signature will be accepted.

After the Examination

Your results will be mailed six weeks after the examination to the name and permanent address you provided on your examination application form. Results are not released over the phone.

It is important that you notify the College promptly of any change of name or address during the examination process to ensure you receive your ID card and exam results. Requests for name changes must be accompanied by a legal document, such as a marriage certificate.

Questions? Contact the College's Customer Service Centre at 416 928-0900 (toll-free in Ontario 1 800 387-5526), or e-mail

Page last reviewed December 11, 2017