Examinations

IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON REGISTRATION EXAMS

NCLEX-RN exams

NCSBN is delivering the NCLEX-RN exam at a limited number of test centres. NCSBN has made a number of changes to enhance the safety of test-takers and staff. For more information, read NCSBN’s FAQs about the impact of COVID-19 on NCLEX candidates and Pearson Vue’s COVID-19 information page

CPNRE 

Practical Nursing applicants have until Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 to apply to the Monday, Nov. 8 to Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 CPNRE exam window.

We are aware that some applicants are finding it challenging to schedule their CPNRE appointments. Please keep checking for appointment availability. You might have to travel to find an available appointment in another exam centre.

You should continue to check Pearson Vue’s CPNRE information page about the availability of exam centres.

Reminder: Only one exam window (the window with the nearest dates) is open for scheduling at any time.

NP exams 

For more information, visit the Yardstick website.

The NP-Adult exam test centres are open. Please visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Board and PSI websites for the latest news about the availability of test centres.    

For more information about the NP-Paediatrics exam, visit the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and Prometric websites.

CNPE

The next planned exam date is October 13, 2021.

Jurisprudence exam

Since this exam is written online and can be done remotely, applicants will still be able to access and write it. If this information changes, we will post an update to this page.

Registration Examinations

Registration examinations assess whether applicants have the nursing knowledge, skills and judgment required to practice safely at the beginning of their careers in Ontario. 

The exam an applicant writes depends on the class of nursing they are applying to: 

Registered Nurse (RN) registration examination

If you are applying to become a Registered Nurse in the General Class, you will write the NCLEX-RN.

Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) registration examinations 

If you are applying to become a Registered Practical Nurse in the General Class, you will write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) if writing in 2021. Effective January 4, 2022, a new regulatory exam will be implemented — the Regulatory Exam – Practical Nurse (REx-PN™) — which will replace the CPNRE for RPN applicants to CNO.

Nurse Practitioner NP examinations

If you are applying to the Extended Class, you must write the examination appropriate for the specialty certificate (Adult, Paediatric, Primary Health Care) for which you have applied.

 Jurisprudence Examination

CNO's jurisprudence examination assesses an applicant’s knowledge and understanding of the laws, regulations, by-laws, practice standards and guidelines that govern the nursing profession in Ontario. It is a computer-based examination that can be completed by the applicant at any time.

If you are applying as a Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) in the General, Temporary or Special Assignment Classes, you must pass the Registered Nurse/Registered Practical Nurse Jurisprudence Examination before you can be registered.

If you are applying to become a Nurse Practitioner, you must pass the Registered Nurse (Extended Class) Jurisprudence Examination before you can be registered.

Page last reviewed October 18, 2021