The Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination

The Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE)  is the entry-to-practice examination for practical nurses in Manitoba and most of Canada. It is a computer-based exam,  administered by Yardstick Assessment Strategies Inc. (YAS). Additional information about the CPNRE can be found here.

The CPNRE is delivered using secure online proctoring, through YAS’s partner, ProctorU.  You are encouraged to review the ProctorU Instruction Guide, and the video below for helpful information on how to prepare for a proctored exam.

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.

If your post-secondary institution has granted you an accommodation in your program, and you believe that you may also require an accommodation during the exam, please review important information related to requesting accommodations here.

Upcoming CPNRE Testing Windows 2021

  • June 7, 2021 – July 5, 2021
  • September 6, 2021 – September 26, 2021
  • November 8, 2021 – November 28, 2021
  • January 2, 2022 – January 31, 2022
  • March 1, 2022  – March 31, 2022
  • May 1, 2022 – May 31, 2022
  • July 1, 2022 – July 31, 2022
  • September 1, 2022 – September 30, 2022
  • November 1, 2022 –  November 30, 2022

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, 204-663-1212 or 1-877-663-1212 toll free.

Development of a New Entry-to-Practice Examination

The Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR) is pleased to announce that Yardstick Assessment Strategies Inc. (YAS) has been selected as the vendor to develop, implement and deliver a new generation of the entry-to-practice high stakes examination for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in eight jurisdictions in Canada.

The target date for launching the new examination is 2022.

Read more here.