Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam

As part of the process to become licensed as an LPN in Nova Scotia, you must successfully pass the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).

The CPNRE is a computer-based test that was developed in collaboration with Yardstick Assessment Strategies Inc. Computer-based testing allows test writers to take the CPNRE on a computer in a proctored test centre, making the exam more accessible.

How to apply 

If you have recently completed a Nova Scotia practical nursing program, or if you are an applicant of NSCN, you are required to complete the online Application for Registration Examination in Nova Scotia.


Click here to learn more about the exam fee and payment options. If you are a full-time student of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), the NSCC may have submitted your exam fee to NSCN. For graduates who enter program prior to September 2019, NSCC will submit payment for First exam attempt.

Opens January 28, 2019 – Closes February 17, 2019
Opens June 10, 2019 – Closes June 30, 2019
Opens September 16, 2019 – Closes October 6, 2019
Opens January 27, 2020 – Closes February 16, 2020
Opens June 8, 2020 – Closes June 28, 2020
Opens September 7, 2020 – Closes September 27, 2020

Yardstick Assessment Strategies Inc. offers the only official study aids products to help you prepare for the exam. The CPNRE Prep Guide and the CPNRE Predictor Test.

Reach out to us at for more information about testing accommodations.

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.