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Application stages

There are four main stages to the registration process.

​Information about the stages of the IEN registration process are provided in detail below.

We also encourage you to watch our Interna​​tionally Educated Nurses' Application Process web learning module for more information.

COVID-19 pandemic update (May 5, 2020):

BCCNP is not currently referring applicants to NCAS, as they have temporarily cancelled all assessments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once NCAS resumes testing, we will refer you; NCAS will contact you directly when assessments are available. For updates, please visit

Stage 1: Apply to NNAS

​Apply to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). The NNAS collects and reviews your documents and information to prepare a report. The NNAS is responsible for all communications during this stage of the process.

BCCNP uses your NNAS report and copies of the documents you submitted to NNAS to assess your application. Please read the FAQ section on their website for details, including requirements and timeframes.

After your NNAS application is complete, they will send you an email to let you know that you can apply to BCCNP.

Stage 2: Apply to BCCNP
After the NNAS notifies you by email that your application and report are complete, you can now apply to BCCNP. 

When you apply with us, we will review your application and your NNAS file. If you told NNAS that you intended to apply to BCCNP, we will have access to your NNAS report and the documents you submitted to them; there is no need for you to resubmit them to us. 

However, we may need additional documents from you. We will let you know by email if we need more information/documents after we have reviewed your BCCNP application and NNAS file.
Stage 3: Competency assessment

Nursing education and practice has evolved differently in different parts of the world. As part of the application process, most internationally-educated applicants are required to complete a competency​​ assessment.

The competency assessment evaluates your skills against competencies required for entry-level practice in B.C.  If gaps are identified, it will assist in determining what transitional education is required.

Entry level competencies are the competences that new graduates from a B.C nursing program are required to have. You may need to familiarize yourself with BC graduates entry level knowledge before you complete the competency assessment.

See How long does the process take? on the A​​pplying​ page.

Stage 4: Assessed registration requirements (supplementary education and exam)

Once you have completed the competency assessment, a report will be sent to BCCNP summarizing the details of your assessment and identifying where differences in practice may exist in comparison to a B.C. nursing graduate. Coursework will normally be recommended. Using this report and all of the documentation and information from your application, we will do an assessment and determine your registration requirements.

You will be emailed an assessment letter outlining your registration requirements. The two main requirements will be related to the coursework you must complete (if applicable) and the national nursing e​xam (PDF). The email will include information about the order in which you must complete your requirements. For example, any required transitional c​oursework (PDF) must normally be completed prior to working with provisional registration or writing the national nursing exam. 

See How long does the process take? on the Applying page.