Internationally Educated Nurses

The CLPNM’s credential assessment and recognition process has been designed to help internationally educated nurses (IENs) to 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.

In Manitoba, the depth and breadth of the scope of practice is different compared to that of some other Canadian jurisdictions. The credential assessment process for LPNs in Manitoba provides IENs the opportunity to develop the competencies needed to retain employment as an LPN in Manitoba, and to practice safely, competently and ethically within the Manitoba context.


Did you know?

  • The fee to open a credential assessment IEN application has been reduced from $441 Canadian dollars to $315 Canadian dollars (GST included)
  • 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 be given 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.
  • In 2019, 100% of IENs who completed Manitoba’s bridging education program, passed the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination. This compares to a pass rate of 61% for IENs across Canada.


Your Application Process

If you are an internationally educated nurse (IEN) and you wish to practise as a licensed practical nurse in Manitoba, your application process will depend on whether you are currently registered as a practical nurse elsewhere in Canada. If you are, please follow the application process described here.

If you are not currently registered as a practical nurse elsewhere in Canada, please follow the credential assessment application process described below. During 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. At the end of the credential assessment process, the CLPNM will advise you whether you are eligible to apply for registration with the CLPNM.

Information on how to apply for a credential assessment is provided below. More detailed information on the credential assessment process is provided in the Credential Assessment Application Guide for IENs. If you have questions not answered in the Guide, please contact the CLPNM by email or by phone at 204-663-1212 or 1-877-663-1212 toll free.


Before You Apply

Before you apply for a credential assessment, please be sure that you meet all the following requirements.

*NOTE: The Credential Assessment Application fee has been reduced. Please refer to CLPNM’s current fee schedule.

  • You must be able to provide evidence of having practised as a nurse within the previous eight years. If you have never practised as a nurse, you must provide evidence of graduating from an entry-level nursing program four years ago or less.
  • You must be able to provide evidence of having achieved the required language proficiency test scores from one of the English or French Board-approved language proficiency tests. For more information about language requirements please see here.


Applying for a Credential Assessment

If you are an internationally educated nurse, the first step in the process is to open a file with the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) and then to send your documents and credentials to the NNAS using its centralized online application portal.  The NNAS will review your nursing education, and provide a report to the CLPNM.  For information on the NNAS application process, please see the NNAS website.

Once the NNAS has issued an advisory report to the CLPNM, you will be ready to apply to the CLPNM for a credential assessment. Please use the forms below. Forms received that do not match those currently available on this website cannot be accepted. These forms were last updated March 3, 2020.

  • Application Form: complete this form to open a file and begin applying for a credential assessment. Please ensure you read all of the instructions on the form very carefully.
  • Disclosure Formalong with the disclosure form, you are required to submit three suitability checks. These are: a Canada-wide criminal record check that includes a vulnerable sector search, a Manitoba child abuse registry check, and a Manitoba adult abuse registry check.  Please be aware that, in order to be accepted by the CLPNM, these documents must have been issued within six (6) months of the date they are provided to the CLPNM. Other requirements related to these documents are set out in the CLPNM’s Fact Sheet on Suitability Checks. Please review the fact sheet thoroughly.
  • Language Proficiency Form: please read this form carefully and follow its directions. Note: if your first language is not English or French, you must provide board-approved language proficiency test scores in order to open a file with the CLPNM.
  • Non-Nursing Employment Information Form: please have your current employer (and any other employers you have had in the last 4 years) complete this form and mail it directly to the CLPNM.

For information on the next steps in the credential assessment process, review the CLPNM’s Credential Assessment Application Guide for IENs.


Important Information

  • Once the CLPNM has received your NNAS advisory report, you have one (1) year in which to open AND to complete your credential assessment application file.
  • As per CLPNM policy, you must provide evidence of having practised as a nurse within the previous eight (8) years. If you have never practised as a nurse, in order to be eligible for a credential assessment, you must provide evidence of having graduated from an entry-level nursing program four years ago or less.
  • In order to open your CLPNM Credential Assessment Application, you must hold permanent residence status in Canada.
  • The CLPNM reserves the right to request that any applicant/registrant undergo language proficiency testing. This is the case even if the NNAS does not require that you submit a language test. For more information please see here.
  • The CLPNM’s official registration decision will be communicated in writing and no verbal representations or warranties by any staff will be binding on CLPNM, or relevant to the assessment process by CLPNM or to any subsequent appeal made to the Board of CLPNM.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact the CLPNM by email or by phone at 204-663-1212 or 1-877-663-1212 toll free.


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