Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam

As part of the process to become licensed as an LPN in Nova Scotia, you must successfully pass the CPNRE. The CPNRE is a computer-based test developed in collaboration with Yardstick Assessment Strategies Inc.

Important Notice

The Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE) is offered through secure Online Proctoring for Nova Scotia practical nurse exam candidates. Information about next steps will be posted here as information becomes available. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Due to current test centre closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, NSCN in partnership with Yardstick Assessment Strategies will administer the CPNRE in the January, 2021 window using secure online proctoring in our jurisdiction. 

Moving the CPNRE to an online proctoring environment will help ensure that practical nursing candidates have access to their licensing exam despite test centre closures and social distancing guidelines. Given the rapid evolution on online proctoring technologies and methodologies, we are satisfied that this administration modality presents a secure and reliable administration option for the CPNRE.

We have worked in close partnership with Yardstick for several decades to develop and deliver the CPNRE and look forward to implementing this solution during these challenging times.

About Yardstick Strategies: Yardstick ensures that professionals are qualified and ready to serve to the public. Their team uses a combination of technology, psychometric best practice, and evidence-based research to assess the knowledge and abilities of millions of candidates around the world.

How to Apply

You are required to complete the online Application for Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).

Questions and Answers

The exam application and fee must be submitted to us at least eight weeks prior to the exam date. Click here to learn more about the exam fee and payment options

  • Opens June 7, 2021 – Closes July 5, 2021
  • Opens September 6, 2021 – Closes September 26, 2021
  • Opens November 8, 2021 – Closes November 28, 2021

The CPNRE is now offered through secure Online Proctoring for Nova Scotia PN exam candidates. Please continue to visit our website for updates if you have already applied to take exam with NSCN. You will also receive instructions from the exam vendor Yardstick after they receive our confirmation that you are eligible to take the exam. Click here to learn more about online proctoring

Yardstick offers the only official study aids products to help you prepare for the exam. Click on the links for access to the CPNRE Prep Guide and the CPNRE Predictor Test.

If you believe the administration of the CPNRE discriminates against you on the grounds prohibited by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act, you may request in writing that you be provided accommodation to eliminate or reduce the effects of the prohibited discrimination during the exam.

You are responsible for submitting a written request to us before you apply to take the exam. Please reach out to Ethel Landry NSCN Policy Consultant at to request an exam accommodation. 

Below are the deadlines to submit a written request for test accommodations for the following exam testing date windows: 

  • Opens November 9, 2020 – Closes November 29, 2020. The deadline to submit accommodation request is October 16, 2020
  • Opens January 25, 2021 – Closes February 14, 2021. The deadline to submit accommodation request is December 14, 2020
  • Opens June 7, 2021 – Closes July 5, 2021. The deadline to submit accommodation requests is April 23, 2021

If you have any questions, reach out to us at We will respond within 5 business days.

Please be advised that registration requirements and fees are subject to change. All registration and licensure fees are non-refundable. Click here to learn more about fees and payment options.