Internationally Educated Applicants
All internationally educated applicants who want to register with CRPNBC must first apply directly through the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS), a national online application service developed by nursing regulatory bodies across Canada.
NNAS is the mandatory first step for any internationally educated nurse (IEN) applicant who:
- Is a graduate of a psychiatric nursing education program outside of Canada; and
- Is not currently registered to practice as an RPN anywhere within Canada
IEN application pathway
The below diagram summarizes the application process for IENs:
+ Application form
All applications to CRPNBC are completed online. You can find the relevant application form here.
+ Competency assessment
Based on the outcome of your NNAS report and CRPNBC application, you may be required to also undergo a competency assessment of your practice skills via the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS).
The NCAS process involves a three-part competency assessment. Applicants who are required to complete an NCAS competency assessment will be informed, and referred to NCAS directly by CRPNBC.
For further information regarding the NCAS assessments, including fees, please visit the NCAS website.
Important – prep guides/programs for competency assessments
CRPNBC does not approve any schools, programs, or guides that promise to help prepare applicants for competency assessments.
If you take preparation courses or other courses before the NCAS competency assessment and competency gaps are identified through the assessment process, you may need to complete additional education as directed by CRPNBC.
+ Registration requirements
+ Problems obtaining documents
Applicants unable to provide the documents requested by CRPNBC for reasons outside their control should contact the CRPNBC office. Financial cost of obtaining evidence is not an acceptable reason. The simplest and fastest assessment route is for applicants who provide requested documentation, even if obtaining those documents is difficult or expensive.
+ Other resources
Click here for Foreign Credentials Resources.