Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada (RPNC) Examination

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

The RPNCE is a multiple-choice, computer-based exam that consists of 200 questions that will test the exam writer's understanding of entry-level competencies for Registered Psychiatric Nurses. This exam is a four (4) hour, one (1) day exam.

The examination is offered three (3) times per year, January, May and October with a 2 day writing window. 

EXAMINATION DATES AND DEADLINES

 

Exam Dates

Oct 19 & 20, 2022

Jan 18 & 19, 2023

May 17 & 18, 2023

 Deadlines 
 Application Deadline for Accommodation   June 29,
2022
September 28, 2022 January 25, 2023
Application Deadline for Exam Eligibility August 17, 2022 November 16, 2022  March 15, 2023

TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS

Reasonable testing accommodations will be provided to any candidate who has an identified disability or special need.  If a candidate requires a testing accommodation, they must submit a request in writing, along with the required supporting documentation, at least twelve (12) weeks before the examination date.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE RPNCE

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.

EXAM RESULTS

CRPNA will notify candidates of their 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 their exam responses 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.  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

ELIGIBILITY TO WRITE THE RPNC EXAMINATION

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 practicum of the program.

PROCESS FOR APPLYING FOR EXAM ELIGIBILITY

  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. 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.

MEAZURE LEARNING PROCESS FOR REGISTERING FOR THE RPNCE (COMPUTER BASED EXAM)

  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, candidates will receive an email with instructions on how to register and pay for the exam.

    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.

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

     

  3. 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.


  4. Candidates that have questions or concerns about the RPNCE registration process can communicate directly with Meazure Learning.

APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY TO WRITE THE RPNCE

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