NP-Primary Health Care (Ontario)

The Canadian Nurse Practitioner Examination (CNPE: F/AA) is administered by Yardstick Assessment Strategies Inc. This exam is approved for NP candidates applying to the College of Nurses of Ontario for the Primary Health Care specialty certificate. 

The exam is based on the 2018: CNPE F/AA Blueprint and has 170-190 multiple choice questions written over a four-hour period. The CNPE blueprint and preparatory tool are available at

You have up to three attempts to pass this exam.

How to Apply

The Canadian Nurse Practitioner Examination is a computer-based exam.


  • Once CNO has determined that you are eligible to write the CNPE, you must submit your exam registration through CNO's online portal. CNO will then send your information to Yardstick.
  • You will be granted access to Yardstick’s seat reservation and examination delivery website. Approximately 4 weeks before the scheduled exam, you will receive an email notification from Yardstick. You will then be able to choose your test centre location, access the examination platform tutorial and pay your examination fee.
  • If you want to request any changes to your examination, contact Yardstick at Changes can only be made up to 10 business days before your exam. For more information, read the Candidate Examination Handbook by Yardstick.  
  • Candidates that require accommodation for writing the exam should contact CNO at least 90 days before the examination.
  • The CNPE blueprint and preparatory tool are available at
Important Dates and Deadlines
Examination date Deadline to apply
May 9, 2023 April 3, 2023
Writing the Examination

You must bring a piece of unexpired government-issued photo identification and a copy of the email that Yardstick sent to you to confirm your booking. Acceptable forms of identification are: a valid passport, a driver's licence or a Permanent Resident card.

For more information, read the Canadian Examination Handbook by Yardstick.

After the Examination

You will be notified about your results six weeks after the examination. Results will not be released over the phone.

It is important that you notify the College promptly of any change of name or contact information during the examination process to ensure you receive your exam results. Requests for name changes must be accompanied by a legal document, such as a marriage certificate.

Questions? Contact the College's Customer Service Centre at 416 928-0900 (toll-free in Canada 1 800 387-5526), or e-mail

Page last reviewed January 12, 2023