To be eligible to take the RPNCE, you must have met all of BCCNP’s other registration requirements for practising RPN registration.
The fee to write the exam is $661.50. The cost is the same across all provinces except for tax.
The RPNCE is a national multiple-choice, pencil and paper exam for RPNs in Canada that measures the entry-level competence and safety-to-practice of applicants seeking registration.
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Yes, if you have provisional registration. This registration is available is for those who have met all the requirements of Practicing registration except passing the exam and who have applied for and paid to write the next scheduled RPNCE. For more information about provisional registration, go to our provisional registration section.
The RPNCE is offered three times a year on the third Wednesday in January, May and October. You may only apply for the next scheduled exam, not for one further in the future.
*For those applying to BCCNP after September 4, 2018, you will need to have demonstrated your eligibility for the exam by this date for BCCNP to be able to register you for the upcoming sitting. For those that applied before Sept. 4, 2018, you must have demonstrated your eligibility, applied and paid for the exam by this date for us to register you for it.
If you have provisional registration, your registration will be automatically converted to practising RPN registration. You will be notified once this has been done.
If you do not have provisional registration, you will be sent an email requesting payment of your registration fee. Once paid, you will receive a second email confirming your practising RPN registration.
If you fail on your first attempt at the exam, you may apply to write the exam again. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions how to do this.
If you fail the exam twice, you may write it a third time after completing any conditions set by the BCCNP Registration Committee in order for you to be eligible to do so.
Note: You must pass the exam within a timeframe that you can continue to meet the RPN Quality Assurance requirement for practice hours.
If you have not successfully passed the exam after three attempts, you will need to complete an approved psychiatric nursing refresher program before any further attempts.
Note: You must pass the exam within a timeframe such that you can continue to meet the requirements set out in Continuing competence Part B (practice hours).
The Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators of Canada study guide may assist you in preparing for the exam
The Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators of Canada has created a practice test designed to help you prepare for the exam.
The following are suggestions for resources that may assist you when preparing for this registration exam:
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