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Timelines for registration processes

To ensure fairness and equitable treatment of all applicants, every application is assessed individually.

As a result, the time required to complete the assessment process can vary from one applicant to the next.

Once CNO has informed you that we have received your completed application, it is your responsibility to ensure the timely delivery of all documentation and information requested by CNO. The longer it takes for you to submit information related to your registration requirements, the longer your application process will take.

Please note CNO makes every effort to acknowledge all written correspondence from applicants within 15 business days. If the request is one that cannot be addressed within those 15 business days, then we will acknowledge receipt of the request and provide information about next steps.

The Assessment/Registration Process

INITIAL APPLICATION

REGISTRATION ACTIVITY

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

Apply to CNO and submit payment. If applicable, CNO receives a report from the National Nursing Assessment Service. Then CNO reviews and acknowledges receipt of your application and informs you of next steps and if you have any requirements outstanding.

20 business days

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

REGISTRATION ACTIVITY HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
If you completed a nursing program in English or French within the past two years, you meet the language proficiency requirement. CNO will update this information on your online application. Up to 15 business days after CNO receives your Verification of Course Completion from your school.

Language tests

If the language proficiency is outstanding in your application to CNO because do not meet this requirement, we would encourage you to take a language proficiency test. CNO accepts the following tests:

Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN). Information on the test and how to register is available at: https://www.celbancentre.ca/about-us.aspx

Up to 20 business days to get your result

International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Information on the test and how to register is available at: https://www.ielts.org/.

Up to 13 business days to get your result

Test d'Evaluation de Francais (TEF): For those applicants who are demonstrating proficiency in French. Information on the test and how to register is available at: https://www.alliance-francaise.ca/en/exams/tests/tef


Up to 20 business days to get your result

After the third party sends CNO the result of your language proficiency test, CNO will update this information on your online application.

Up to 10 business days

 

OTHER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

REGISTRATION ACTIVITY

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

Evidence of practice has expired 

It will take up to 10 weeks for CNO to contact you with the next steps for you to take (when your evidence of practice requirement expires, this is how long it will take for CNO to review any information you submit about the requirement and update you about any required next steps).

Registration exam (after CNO receives your results)

Up to 5 business days – once CNO receives notice that you passed the registration exam, CNO updates this information on your application

Up to 5 business days – once CNO receives notice that you failed the exam, CNO updates this information on your application

Up to 15 business daysif CNO is expecting your results from another nursing jurisdiction.

Jurisprudence exam (you can write this exam anytime)

Up to 24 hours (this is how long it will take for CNO to receive your result and update the information on your application)

Police criminal record check

Up to 5 business days – (this how long it will take CNO to update your application once your police criminal record check result is released, if you have no criminal history)

CNO confirms applicant is eligible for registration

Varies (see below this table for factors that may cause delay)
Applicant becomes registered to practise in Ontario after fully completing initial registration and paying fees online Immediate

Factors that may delay an applicant’s registration include:

  • graduation from a nursing or practical nursing program that doesn’t meet entry-to-practice competencies
  • lack of evidence the applicant has practised nursing or graduated from a nursing program within the past three years
  • lack of evidence the candidate demonstrates language proficiency in either English or French 
  • submission of official documents in languages other than English or French. For more information, see Translation of Documents
  • unsuccessful completion of the national registration exam
  • information provided to CNO that would require further assessment to ensure that applicants have the knowledge, skill and judgement to practice nursing safely and competently.
  • failure to provide other documents requested by the College in a timely manner.
Page last reviewed March 07, 2022