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 Assessment Strategies Inc. (ASI). As per ASI, “the purpose of the examination is to protect the public by ensuring that the entry-level practical nurse possesses the competencies required to practice safely and effectively.” For more information, please visit the ASI website.

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.

Computer-Based Testing

As of May 2016, the CPNRE is now delivered by computer-based testing. Along with ASI 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 dates and times.

Upcoming CPRNE Testing Windows

There will be three testing windows in 2017 and four in 2018.

  • January 16, 2017 – February 12, 2017
  • May 22, 2017 – June 18, 2017
  • September 25, 2017 – October 22, 2017
  • January 29, 2018 – February 18, 2018
  • June 11, 2018 – July 1, 2018
  • September 17, 2018 – October 7, 2018
  • November 19, 2018 – December 9, 2018

Those who are eligible for a writing window will be notified of the 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.