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) will now be 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 is pleased to announce that the CPNRE will be administered in June 2020 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 8, 2020 – Closes June 28, 2020
Opens September 7, 2020 – Closes September 27, 2020

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.

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.

Contact 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.