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 www.ncasbc.ca.
All internationally educated RPN applicants who wish to register with BCCNP must first 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.
After the NNAS notifies you by email that your application and report are complete, you can now apply to BCCNP.
Important: BCCNP must refer applicants to NCAS before they can register to complete the assessment.
Based on the outcome of your NNAS report and BCCNP application, you may be required to also undergo a competency assessment of your practice skills. Competency assessments are completed by the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS).
The competency assessment is a three-part process that 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.
For more information about NCAS assessments, including fees, please visit the NCAS website.
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. psychiatric nursing graduate. Coursework may 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.
Choose one option:
Create an online account
Sign in to your online account (use this option if you have already started your online application)
Review the registration categories and requirements before you apply
BCCNP does not approve any schools or programs claiming to prepare applicants for the RPN competency assessment.
If competency gaps are identified through the assessment process, you may need to& complete additional education as directed by BCCNP.