IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON REGISTRATION EXAMS
NCSBN is delivering the NCLEX-RN exam at a limited number of test centres. NCSBN has made a number of changes to enhance the safety of test-takers and staff. For more information, read NCSBN’s FAQs about the impact of COVID-19 on NCLEX candidates and Pearson Vue’s COVID-19 information page.
The May 6, 2020 writing of the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Examination (CNPE) has been cancelled. The next planned exam date is October 14, 2020. For more information, visit the Yardstick website.
The NP-Adult exam test centres are open. Please visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Board and PSI websites for the latest news about the availability of test centres.
Since this exam is written online and can be done remotely, applicants will still be able to access and write it. If this information changes, we will post an update to this page.
Along with other registration requirements, most applicants registering with the College of Nurses of Ontario must successfully complete two examinations: a registration examination and a jurisprudence examination. The registration exam tests for knowledge, skill and judgment nurses need at the beginning of their careers in Ontario. The jurisprudence exam tests knowledge of nursing and health care legislation in Ontario. Both tests help ensure that all new nurses in Ontario are safe to practice.
Registration examinations assess whether applicants have the nursing knowledge, skills and judgment required to practice safely at the beginning of their careers in Ontario. See individual exam pages
for information about the exam:
If you are applying to become a Registered Nurse in the General Class, you will write the NCLEX-RN.
If you are applying to become a Registered Practical Nurse in the General Class, you will write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).
Applicants to the Extended Class must write the examination appropriate for the specialty certificate (Adult, Paediatric, Primary Health Care) for which they have applied.
The College’s jurisprudence examination assesses an applicant’s knowledge and understanding of the laws, regulations, by-laws, practice standards and guidelines that govern the nursing profession in Ontario. It is a computer-based examination that can be completed by the applicant at any time.
Applicants registering as a Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) in the General, Temporary or Special Assignment Classes must pass the Registered Nurse/Registered Practical Nurse Jurisprudence Examination before they can be registered.
Those applying to become Nurse Practitioners must pass the Registered Nurse (Extended Class) Jurisprudence Examination before they can be registered.
“I'm going to write an exam soon as part of my application. Can you recommend a preparation course that can help me write it?”
To maintain the integrity of the exam, the CNO does not participate in developing preparatory courses. Courses offered by third-party vendors are not associated with nor endorsed by CNO.
We are aware that some applicants are finding it challenging to schedule their June CPNRE appointments. Pearson Vue is working on rescheduling appointments that have been impacted by the extended closure of exam centres. If you are trying to schedule your exam in another province, you might have problems finding an exam centre with availability for the June exam window.