Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE)

Once an applicant has met the CPNRE eligibility requirements, as determined by the SALPN, an application to write the CPNRE at the next available writing must be submitted. When applications are received and processed, the exam candidate’s information is submitted to Yardstick Assessment Strategies (YAS). Once confirmation of eligibility is received, the candidate will receive an email from to schedule an exam date, time, and location. Please note there is scheduling fee of $105.00 GST payable to PearsonVue at the time of scheduling.


In 2018 and 2019, the CPNRE is offered in four 3-week testing windows.


January 29 - February 18

June 11 - July 1

September 17 - October 7

November 19 - December 9


January 28 – February 17

June 10 – June 30

September 16 – October 6

November 18 – December 8


The application fee for the CPNRE exam is $405.00

Exam Result Information

Official results of the examination are released approximately two weeks following the mid-point of the writing window and again two weeks after the writing window closes. All results are emailed.

Please note: Once the “successful” results are processed, a change in licensure status will occur for those members currently licensed as a graduate. This means, all GLPNs successful with the CPNRE will have their status appear as Practicing in the SALPN ‘’LPN Search’ tab of the website. This change on the website may appear prior to receiving your official results by email.

Candidates are given a maximum of 3 opportunities to successfully pass the CPNRE. Failure to attend or complete the CPNRE will be considered as an attempt. Candidates who are unsuccessful on their third CPNRE attempt are no longer eligible to write and will have graduate licensure revoked, if applicable.

Requests to Write in Another Jurisdiction

A candidate can choose to write the CPNRE in another jurisdiction, this option is available during the exam scheduling process through PearsonVue.

Request for Testing Accommodations

All graduates who require testing accommodations must submit the required forms for approval to the SALPN 10 weeks prior to the date of the CPNRE. Candidates who were not previously accommodated by their educational institution are not eligible for CPNRE accommodations.                                          

  • The CPNRE is one of several eligibility requirements for licensure in Saskatchewan. The CPNRE is administered by Yardstick Assessment Strategies. Please refer to their website for information at;
    CCPNR and Yardstick Assessment Strategies - Partnership in development of the CPNRE
  • For more information regarding the CPNRE, please contact Noelle Odegard, at 1-306-525-8026or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..