The Canadian Practical Nursing Registration Exam

The CPNRE is the entry-to-practice examination for practical nurses in Manitoba and most of Canada. It is administered by Yardstick Assessment Strategies Inc. (YAS).  All Manitoba exam candidates must hold a current graduate practical nurse registration with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM) prior to taking the exam. The CLPNM requires that all exam candidates apply for the exam and for graduate registration, and pay the appropriate fees, prior to the exam and graduate application deadline.

The CPNRE is now delivered by computer-based testing. Along with YAS and other provincial regulators, the CLPNM has worked to ensure a smooth transition from paper-and-pencil testing to computer-based testing. The national pass rate for first-time Canadian writers in the initial computer-based testing window was 91.5%. The national pass rate for first-time Canadian test writers who wrote by paper and pencil in 2015 was comparable at 91.7%. Delivery of the CPNRE by computer has enabled the test to be offered at more sites across Canada, and at more flexible times.

Upcoming CPNRE Testing Windows

  • June 11, 2018 – July 1, 2018
  • September 17, 2018 – October 7, 2018
  • November 19, 2018 – December 9, 2018
  • January 28, 2019 – February 17, 2019
  • June 10, 2019 – June 30, 2019
  • September 16, 2019 – October 6, 2019
  • November 18, 2019 – December 8, 2019

Manitoba candidates who are eligible to write the CPNRE will be notified of the test application deadline directly by the CLPNM. If you have questions, please contact the CLPNM at info@clpnm.ca, 204-663-1212 or 1-877-663-1212 toll free.  For more information about the computer-based CPNRE, please see here.

Review of the Entry to Practice Examination

A review of the Canadian practical nursing examination continued in 2018 and a Request for Proposals process was initiated in January, 2018. The Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators has issued a call for submissions from qualified providers to develop and deliver a revised pan-Canadian practical nurse registration examination beginning 2022.