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 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.

Exam Security

The Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) is a high-stakes assessment that is an important part of the entry-to-practice licensure process. At the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM), the safety of the public is our top priority. As a result, all scores and results from the CPNRE will be independently assessed by an external and specialized examination security company using various well-researched data forensic techniques.

The purpose of this analysis is to identify candidates who have examination results that are unreliable or invalid. Examination results may be unreliable or invalid if they raise suspicion about examination irregularities or misconduct. These results will be flagged for additional investigation. If after additional investigation, the results are deemed to be invalid, the CLPNM may undertake a range of options, including allowing the candidate the opportunity to rewrite the CPNRE, or if misconduct is noted, referring the candidate to the CLPNM’s Investigation Committee, and possibly, its Discipline Committee.


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