Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Registration Examinations

Before you can become a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) in Ontario, you must successfully complete a registration exam that measures the competencies required of RPNs at the beginning of their nursing career in Ontario. As of Jan. 4, 2022, the Regulatory Exam – Practical Nurse (REx-PN™) replaced the CPNRE as the regulatory exam for RPN applicants to CNO.

No limit on writes: Because the REx-PN will be a computerized adaptive test (CAT), there are no limits on the number of times a writer can attempt it. The system knows if a writer is retaking the exam and supplies them with a set of questions different from those the writer received in previous attempts.

No exam windows: There are no longer be exam-writing windows. You will be able to schedule an exam appointment at the time and place of your choosing to write the REx-PN.

For more information, visit: Updating RPN competencies and exam and FAQs about REx-PN.

Page last reviewed May 09, 2022