English Language Requirements
Updated Language Proficiency Cutscores/Benchmark Levels
Communicating effectively in English or French is a critical factor to provide safe nursing practice in Canada. The Canadian Nurse Regulators Collaborative (CNRC), of which the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta is a member, reviewed the current language proficiency requirements for the regulated nursing professions. The objective of this review was to determine the current English and French language proficiency levels for listening, reading, writing, and speaking; and to recommend the best approach and method(s) to assess the language proficiency of internationally educated nurses.
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You can find the link to English Language Test requirements here: English Language Test Requirements
- If English is NOT the first language learned at home in childhood and it is NOT the first language that is primarily used for reading, writing, listening, and speaking then the English Language competence must be demonstrated by completing one of the approved English Language tests.
- Achieve at least the minimum scores in all components of the test
- Ensure test results are less than six months old when applying. If results are more than six months old, the test will have to be re-taken and submitted before you can proceed.
- Send a copy of the test results when applying. Arrange for the original test to be sent directly from the test centre to CRPNA.