Applying for a Credential Assessment
The CLPNM’s credential assessment and recognition process is designed to help internationally educated nurses (IENs) feel confident and prepared for the Manitoba workplace. IENs who begin and complete the credential assessment process in Manitoba develop the knowledge, skill and judgment needed to work as licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in a wide range of practice environments, both autonomously and as part of a team.
Did you know?
- The fee to open a credential assessment IEN application with the CLPNM has been reduced from $441 Canadian dollars to $315 Canadian dollars (GST included)
- Proof of language proficiency is no longer required to open a credential assessment application with the CLPNM. Language proficiency must be demonstrated prior to enrolling in approved bridging education or applying for registration as a Graduate Practical Nurse, whichever comes first.
- Language proficiency cutscores were updated in November, 2022. Revised cutscores are now in effect. See here for more information.
- Language test results do not expire once you have opened an application file, and as long as your file remains active.
- There is currently no wait time to register for and complete a clinical competence assessment.
- IENs who are unsuccessful in their first clinical competence assessment will have the opportunity to repeat it, at the discretion of the Executive Director.
- There is currently no wait time to enroll in Manitoba’s bridging education program, which is offered two times per year.
- Nearly all of the IENs who complete Manitoba’s bridging education program pass the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination on their first attempt.
- As an IEN, you may be eligible to apply for financial support to help you complete the qualification recognition process. (See below).
- Red River College offers free courses in healthcare culture, language and communication for internationally educated nurses who are permanent residents. See here for more information.
Internationally Educated Nurses in Manitoba Project
The Government of Manitoba has launched an initiative to provide IENs already in Manitoba with financial assistance for assessment and training costs to support their goal of working as a nurse in Manitoba. See the news release for more information and to access the application form.
Please note: this funding program is administered by the Government of Manitoba. Any questions about this program should be sent by email to Manitoba Economic Development, Investment and Trade.
Through the credential assessment process, the CLPNM will assess your education, experience and competence as a nurse to determine whether it is comparable to that of an entry-level licensed practical nurse in Manitoba.
The information below provides a brief overview of the credential assessment application requirements.
Detailed instructions are provided in the Credential Assessment Application Guide for IENs.
If you are an internationally educated nurse, the first step in the credential assessment application process is to open a file with the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). You will provide evidence of your nursing education to the NNAS using its centralized online application portal. The NNAS will review your nursing education, and provide a report to the CLPNM.
Note that you have the option to have one NNAS advisory report sent to both the CLPNM and CRNM at no extra cost. The CLPNM accepts the RN advisory report. We do not require you to also request and pay for a separate LPN advisory report. To ensure the RN advisory report is shared with both colleges, you must select both CLPNM and CRNM as part of your NNAS application.
For information on the NNAS application process, please see the NNAS website.