Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada (RPNC) Examination

The RPNCE is the property of the Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators of Canada (RPNRC), which is composed of the four Registered Psychiatric Nurse regulatory authorities for British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Each Canadian provincial regulatory authority is responsible to ensure that all entry-level registered psychiatric nurses within its jurisdiction meet an acceptable level of competence before they are licensed to practice as a registered psychiatric nurse.  This level of competence is measured partly by the RPNCE.  This process ensures that all registered psychiatric nurses practicing in those jurisdictions meet a common standard.

The RPNCE is a mandatory multiple-choice, computer-based exam administered by Meazure Learning, the approved exam provider. The RPNCE is designed test the entry-level competencies and safety to practice of new graduates and internationally educated applicants who are seeking registration as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) in Canada.  The RPNC exam is a four (4) hour, one (1) day exam.

To be eligible for registration as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse all initial applicants must pass the registration exam approved by Council.  The approved registration exam is the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination (RPNCE).



Exam Dates

January 24, 2024  May 15, 2024 October 16, 2024 
 Application Deadline for Accommodation   October 4, 2023  January 24, 2024 June 26, 2024
Application Deadline for Exam Eligibility December 1, 2023 March 22, 2024 August 22, 2024


Any applicant who plans to take the RPNCE has the right to request an exam accommodation — a modification of exam procedures or testing conditions. The modification helps an applicant who has a professionally diagnosed physical or mental condition/disorder/disability to take the exam. It is designed to meet the particular needs of the applicant.

When requesting a testing accommodation, submit the request in writing, along with the required supporting documentation, at least 12 weeks before the examination date to the CRPNA office by fax (780-436-4165), email  or mail.


Qualifying for exam accommodation

To qualify for an exam accommodation, a request must: 

  • Be based on a professionally recognized diagnosis of a disability, impairment, condition, or disorder (or any other grounds listed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or the Alberta Human Rights Code).
  • Show how the condition/disability/disorder will interfere with the ability to take the exam, and how the accommodation will addresses it.
  • Be based on a current condition/disability/disorder (within 2 years) the applicant no longer lives with.
  • Ensure the integrity of the exam remains intact.


Accommodation Cost

There is no fee for requesting an accommodation; however, applicants are responsible for any costs associated with collecting the supporting documentation (e.g., assessment/reporting fees charged by health professionals to complete the form or submit an assessment of the diagnosis, etc.).


Will an accommodation request affect an application for registration?

Fitness to practice nursing is a requirement for registration and includes the capacity to practice nursing safely if a physical or mental condition/disorder/disability could affect the ability to practice nursing safely. On a request for accommodation, candidates will be notified and will have an opportunity to submit information for consideration before a decision is made regarding eligibility for registration. 

Complete these forms and submit all supporting documents as soon as possible to avoid delays



The following tools are available to help exam writers prepare for the RPNCE.

  • RPNCE Blueprint: The RPNCE Blueprint provides a summary of the content covered in the exam and what kind of questions exam writers can expect.

  • Study Guide : The RPNCE Study Guide assists exam writers by providing information about the RPNCE, test taking and study strategies, and a bibliography of study resources.

  • Practice test: An online practice test is available for a fee. The test includes 100 questions similar to those asked on the RPNCE. For each question, rationales are provided for correct and incorrect answers. After the test is completed, exam writers will be sent an examination review report that includes a summary of performance.

Third-party prep materials: We are aware that some third-party prep materials are available. While it is the exam writer's choice to determine if they will find these materials useful, here is what exam writers need to know:

  • CRPNA does not review third-party prep courses and cannot endorse them.

  • No third party has access to RPNCE questions. Be wary of any resource claiming to have access.


To qualify to write the registration examination, applicants must have successfully completed one (1) of the following:

  • approved psychiatric nursing education program in Alberta; * 
  • approved refresher/re-entry program;
  • a psychiatric nursing program deemed substantially equivalent to that of a Canadian Psychiatric Nursing Program.

* MacEwan University Psychiatric Nursing students who are in the final term of the program may apply for eligibility to write the RPNC exam when they have started, or are about to start, the final clinical preceptorship of the program.


  1. Alberta Applicants who do not have a Candidate Profile must set up their profile by clicking on the "Create a Candidate Profile" below.

  2. Provide candidate's personal information and contact details. Once the candidate profile is set up and activated, candidates will then be directed to the online "Application for Exam Eligibility".

  3. International Applicants who have a Candidate Profile and have not submitted an "Application for Eligibility to write the RPNC Exam" can click on "Submit New Application for Eligibility to Write RPNCE" and will be directed to the online application.

  4. Complete the online application by answering all mandatory application fields. Click "Submit".

  5. Pay the administration fee of $25.00.

  6. Once the submitted Application for Eligibility to Write the RPNCE has been approved, the candidate's information will be entered onto a candidate registry and forwarded to Meazure Learning.


  1. Once Meazure Learning receives confirmation from CRPNA, they will communicate directly with the candidate regarding scheduling, location, time frame and payment.


  2. Seven (7) weeks before the exam, Meazure Learning will send you an email with instructions to register and pay for the exam and select your preferred exam location in Manitoba, BC, Alberta or Saskatchewan from a pre-determined list.  While efforts will be made to schedule exam writers in their preferred writing locations, venues are subject to availability and are not guaranteed.  If your preferred location is not available, Meazure learning will work with you to determine an appropriate location.

    IMPORTANT: Candidates will have seven (7) days to purchase their exam. If the exam is not purchased within the purchase window, the candidate will not be able to write the exam and will have to wait until the next exam writing. CRPNA recommends candidates add [email protected]  to their email contacts list to ensure they receive these important emails.  Once your exam date and location has been confirmed it cannot be changed.


  3. The fee to write the RPNCE is $695 + tax per attempt. This fee is paid to Meazure Learning when Candidates register for the RPNCE.


  4. Meazure Learning will send a confirmation email with exam date, location, exam and venue rules and confirmation of testing accommodations (if applicable) directly to the candidate.  Follow the instructions in the email closely.


  5. Candidates that have questions or concerns about the RPNCE registration process can communicate directly with Meazure Learning via email [email protected] or contact the support line: 1.888.900.0005 option 1, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 19:00 pm EDT.


CRPNA will notify candidates of the exam result by email approximately four (4) weeks after the exam date.  Results will be communicated as a pass or fail.  Candidates that are unsuccessful, will also receive a performance summary.

Requesting a Re-score: Candidates who would like to request a re-score of the results must do so within TWELVE (12) WEEKS from the examination date. The charge for re-scoring is 10% of the examination fees.  It typically takes three (3) weeks after the request has been approved to receive the results. To request a re-score, candidates must submit a written request to [email protected].

Successful Candidates holding a provisional permit will be automatically converted to a full practicing permit. 


Please select one of the following to proceed with your Application for Eligibility to write the RPNC exam :