English language proficiency is essential to ensuring the public of British Columbia receives safe, competent care from LPNs. For this reason, BCCNP requires all applicants for registration to demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency before they can begin practising nursing in B.C.
English is only considered a first language when it is the language you learned at home in childhood and the language you primarily use for reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Before you complete your application for registration, you will be asked: “What is your first language?”
If English is your first language, and there is no indication of contradictory evidence during the application assessment process, BCCNP will determine that you meet the English language proficiency requirement.
You will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency if:
If you met the scores on one of these tests when you entered a BCCNP-recognized education program, or when you applied for assessment through the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS), you may not be required to submit another test. However, BCCNP requires current evidence of your English language proficiency. Depending on the assessment of your application for registration, you may be required to submit another test.
If you have not completed one of the required English language proficiency tests (CELBAN or IELTS), you may submit additional evidence for BCCNP to consider. Additional evidence must include all of the following: