CELBAN Course for nurses – Government funding available

26 03 2010


CELBAN (Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses)

Before being able to qualify as a nurse in Canada, foreign trained nurses must pass an English language test.
The CELBAN exam is used to test the English skills of internationally trained nurses. It is accepted by RN, RPN and LPN licensing boards in Canada as the first step toward becoming licensed to work as a nurse in Canada.

In British Columbia CELBAN is recognized by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia (CLPNBC).

Applicants must meet English fluency requirements before the CRNBC or the CLPNBC can proceed with the application process for licensing.

The official test is administered by the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CELAS).

Gateways Learning Centre will help you prepare for the test.



13 03 2010

 Where can I find out how to obtain a visa to work as a nurse in Canada?
Contact the Canadian Consulate nearest you for information regarding immigration or visas. It is very likely that an offer of employment will be required.

Where do nurses work in Canada? 
Canada has had a publicly funded system of hospital and medical care since 1968. The majority of nurses work within the publicly funded sector of health care, a minority work in the private sector and a small number of nurses are self-employed.

Because health is a provincial jurisdictional area, the health care delivery system is not centralized and there is no one place where nurses can apply for work. They must apply directly to individual employers. The Canadian Hospital Association publishes a large directory that lists and gives addresses for hospitals, health centres, nursing homes, health associations and health education programs. This directory may be available through a public library or Canadian Consulate.

What are the employment prospects in Canada?
The nursing employment situation in Canada is improving after several years of health care restructuring and hospital downsizing. Nurses with skills and experience in specialty areas (e.g., emergency, critical care and operating room) and those willing to work in smaller communities or isolated communities are in the most demand. The Canadian Nurses Association is predicting a continued shortage of nurses for the future.

Where can I obtain information about becoming licensed to practise nursing in Canada?
Unlike many other countries the registration of nurses does not occur at the national level. In order to practise nursing you must be licensed or registered in the province or territory in which you will work. Click on Registering and Licensing Authorities to request application forms. Licensing or registering bodies can also provide information about employment opportunities. They may have a referral service or be able to direct you to appropriate journals to find advertised positions or employer contacts.

Will I need to write an examination to become licensed to practise in Canada?
Canadian provinces and territories, with the exception of Québec, require that you write the Canadian Registered Nurses Examination as part of the registration or licensure process. At present, this examination can only be written in Canada on the recommendation of a provincial or territorial nurses association. The Canadian Nurses Association publishes The Canadian RN Exam Prep Guide, which you will find useful in preparing for the exam. Québec nurses have their own exam.

For further information, contact Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec.

What languages do I need to know in order to become a registered nurse?
You require language proficiency to become registered or licensed in Canada. Bilingualism (French and English) is an asset. Candidates must have knowledge of French to practise in Québec. In New Brunswick, Manitoba and Ontario, candidates must be proficient in either French or English. Employment and nursing education programs for unilingual French speaking nurses are available in Québec and in certain areas in New Brunswick, Manitoba and Ontario. In these provinces the Canadian RN exam may be written in either French or English. In the other provinces and territories of Canada proficiency in English is the requirement.

Can I work as a psychiatric/mental health nurse?
In Canada, registered nurses provide psychiatric/mental health services in a variety of settings. These nurses often have post-basic education and may also hold Canadian Nurses Association’s specialty certification in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Registered mental health nurses from other countries may not have the broad education required for licensure as a registered nurse in Canada.


College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba

1854 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3J 0G9

Tel: (204) 888-4841
Fax: (204) 888-8638
E-mail: crpnm@crpnm.mb.ca
Website: www.crpnm.mb.ca 

Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan

2055 Lorne Street
Regina, SK S4P2M4

Tel: (306)586-4617
Fax: (306) 586-6000
Web site: www.rpnas.com 

Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Alberta

#201, 9711 – 45 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T6E 5V8

Tel: (780) 434-7666
Toll Free: 1-877-234-7666
Fax: (780) 436-4165
Web site: www.rpnaa.ab.ca 

The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia

307-2502 St.Johns St.
Port Moody, B.C.
V3H 2B4

Tel: (604) 931-5200
Tool Free: 1-800-565-2505
Fax: (604) 931-5277
Web site: www.crpnbc.ca 

Canadian nursing education takes place at the post-secondary level. The nursing programs include classroom theory and supervised practice for nursing roles and responsibilities including: disease prevention and health promotion; the nursing care of sick children, adults and the elderly; mental health and psychiatric nursing; and maternal-child (or obstetrical) nursing. The programs also include general arts and science courses. For further information about nursing education programs in Canada, please click on the link.

Can I practise midwifery? 
Midwifery is a recognized profession in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec. Other provinces are considering legislation. For further information, please refer to the list of Colleges of Midwives.

For prior learning assessment, please click on the link for Registering/Licensing Authorities.

CELBAN for nurses

26 11 2009


CELBAN (Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses)
Before being able to qualify as a nurse in Canada, foreign trained nurses must pass an English language test.

The CELBAN exam is used to test the English skills of internationally trained nurses. It is accepted by RN, RPN and LPN licensing boards in Canada as the first step toward becoming licensed to work as a nurse in Canada. In British Columbia CELBAN is recognized by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia (CLPNBC).
Applicants must meet English fluency requirements before the CRNBC or the CLPNBC can proceed with the application process for licensing. The official test is administered by the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CELAS).

CELBAN Exam Preparation Course

This course is a full-time program designed for internationally educated nurses that will prepare you to take the CELBAN examination. It is a focused program that covers all four areas tested by the exam: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Main Course

All teachers are medical professionals trained in ESL.
It is a six-week course that teaches the language used in Canadian nursing.
It will give you test-taking strategies and let you practice all areas that will be tested.
There is a maximum of 8 students in each class so that you will have lots of individual attention.
CELBAN Preparation courses are scheduled so that students finish the preparation course shortly before the official Vancouver exam dates.

Entrance Requirements

It is recommended that students have intermediate English skills.
A Skype or telephone interview can be arranged to assess the student’s language skills.

What is CELBAN?

CELBAN was developed with the help of many professionals in the nursing profession and it is based on an analysis of the language needs of the nursing profession across Canada. It is intended for internationally educated nurses who need to meet the English language requirements of nursing regulatory bodies in Canada.

It tests each of the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and scores them separately. The speaking assessment is a live interview with two trained examiners. Scores are reported as Canadian Language Benchmark Levels (CLB).

Passing scores are: Speaking CLB 8; Listening CLB 9; Reading CLB 8; Writing CLB 7.

There is no formal English language level required for taking the test. However, before you take the test the school will give you an evaluation of your English level and your chances of passing the CELBAN examination. You should be at an upper intermediate level, equivalent to 550 TOEFL before you write CELBAN.

Register for CELBAN Exam Preparation Course

To register for the exam, go to the CELBAN website: http://www.celban.org

Canadian Registered Nurse Examination

31 10 2009

Canadian Registered Nurse Examination As of February 2008, the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE) will consist solely of multiple-choice questions. For details about the exam, please read the information below.

Each provincial or territorial nursing regulatory body in Canada is responsible for ensuring that the individuals it registers as nurses meet an acceptable level of competence before beginning to practise.

The level of competence of registered nurses in all provinces and territories except Quebec is measured, in part, by the CRNE. The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) develops and maintains the CRNE through its testing company, Assessment Strategies Inc., and in collaboration with the regulatory authorities. The provincial and territorial nursing regulatory authorities administer the exam and determine eligibility to write it.

The purpose of the CRNE is to protect the public by ensuring that the entry-level registered nurse possesses the competencies required to practise safely and effectively.

Examination Length and Format
As of February 2008, the CRNE will consist of multiple-choice questions only. There are about 300 questions on the exam.

Question Presentation
Of the approximately 300 multiple-choice questions on the CRNE, about 40 per cent are presented as independent questions and 60 per cent are presented within cases. Case-based questions include a set of three to five questions associated with a brief health-care scenario. Independent questions contain the information necessary to answer the questions.

What Is Tested
With the CRNE The following text is taken from the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam Prep Guide (2005). There are 194 competencies that make up the content domain for the CRNE. Each question on the CRNE is linked to one of these competencies.

Competency Framework
A framework was developed to identify and organize the competencies the CRNE should assess. The resulting framework reflects a primary health care nursing model. The framework and definitions of the four framework categories are presented below. The number of competencies in each category is indicated in parentheses following the category name. The number of competencies in each category does not necessarily reflect the importance each area of competency has in the practice of nursing.

Professional Practice (44 competencies)
Each nurse is accountable for safe, competent and ethical nursing practice. Professional practice occurs within the context of the CNA Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses (2002), provincial or territorial standards of practice and legislation. Nurses are expected to demonstrate professional conduct as reflected by attitudes, beliefs and values espoused in the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses. Professional practice in nursing involves the demonstration of teamwork, leadership attributes, basic management skills, advocacy and political awareness. Leadership attributes such as vision, knowledge, initiative, integrity, confidence, communication and innovation are necessary for the advancement of nursing practice, the nursing profession and health care delivery systems. Entry-level management skills involve the ability to work within an organization, using appropriate resources to achieve the organization’s mission and vision. Professional practice includes awareness of the need for, and the ability to ensure, continued professional development. Professional development involves the capacity to perform self-assessments, seek feedback and plan self-directed learning activities that foster professional growth. Nurses are expected to know how to locate and use results of research findings to inform and build an evidence-based practice.

Nurse-Person Relationship (21 competencies)
The nurse-person relationship is a therapeutic partnership established to promote the health of the person. This relationship is based on trust, respect and sensitivity to diversity. An essential element involves gathering information that reflects the uniqueness of the person. It involves therapeutic use of self, communication skills, nursing knowledge, and the facilitation of empowerment to achieve collaboratively identified health goals.

Nursing Practice: Health and Wellness (46 competencies)
Nursing competencies in this category are focused on recognizing and valuing health and wellness as a resource. The category encompasses health promotion, illness and injury prevention and the implementation of community or societal approaches. Practice is guided by the principles of primary health care. Nurses work in partnership with communities to influence the determinants of health, with the goal of enabling people to increase control over, and improve, their health. Nurses partner with the person to: develop personal skills, create supportive environments for health, strengthen community action, reorient health services and build healthy public policy. Practice reflects changes in cultural composition, demographics, health trends and economic factors (e.g., aging population, globalization).

Nursing Practice: Alterations in Health (83 competencies)
Nursing competencies in this category involve care across the lifespan for the person experiencing alterations in health that require acute, chronic, rehabilitative or palliative care. Such care may be delivered across a range of institutional and community settings. Essential aspects of nursing involve critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making in providing care. Using current knowledge, nurses collaborate with the person and other health professionals to identify health priorities. In responding to and managing health issues, the aim of nursing is to promote maximal independence and to maintain optimal quality of life or ensure that individuals at the end of life experience a peaceful death.

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1. When will I get my exam results? Exam results will be mailed to you approximately 5-6 weeks after the exam. Please do not call CRNBC for your exam results as we cannot issue your results over the telephone. The examination result is reported as a pass or fail. Examination papers are not available for review.

2. What will happen if I fail the exam? If you are eligible to retake the CRNE you may reapply for the next writing. If you have outstanding requirements, those will need to be met prior to being eligible to rewrite. A candidate who fails the examination may request rescoring of their examination. There is a fee for this service. Specific deadline dates for the submission of rescore applications will be communicated at a later date. Please note any borderline exam results are automatically rescored.

3. How many times can I take the exam? A candidate is eligible to write the registration examination three times only. This includes all writings of the registered nurse examination in other Canadian jurisdictions. An applicant who has failed the registration examination twice will be required to complete remedial studies prior to writing the examination a third time. We will send you a letter with your exam results indicating what documents you will need to provide to CRNBC in order to have your file reviewed for additional exam writings.

4. Can I continue working on my Temporary license if I fail the exam? You may continue working on your Temporary license if you fail the exam, however your file will have to be further reviewed in order to continue on your temporary license. We will send you a letter with your exam results indicating what documents you will need to provide to CRNBC in order to have your file reviewed for an extension to your temporary license.

5. How will I obtain full registration if I pass the exam? Candidates on temporary registration, who pass the exam and who have met all other registration requirements, will automatically have their temporary registration converted to full registration. A registration card will be mailed to these candidates as soon as the process has been completed by CRNBC. If there are still outstanding requirements for registration, you will be notified of these by mail or e-mail. If a candidate does not have temporary registration and has met all other registration requirements, the candidate will need to pay the registration fees for full registration or for non-practising registration.

6. I am planning to be registered later due to a long vacation/pregnancy/extenuating circumstances. Do I have to apply for registration now? You have one year from the date of your results letter to establish registration with CRNBC if you have met all other requirements.

7. I am moving to another province, do I need to be registered in BC? You are not required to finalize your registration in B.C. if you do not plan on working in B.C. However, it is in your best interest to complete the registration process in the event that you return to B.C. or to prevent delays when registering elsewhere. Many jurisdictions require proof of initial (original) registration in the province you were educated in. If you do not finalize your registration you will need to request a letter of your exam result to be sent to the province you would like to register in.

8. I don’t feel confident on how I did on the CRNE. Can I apply for the next CRNE now and withdraw if I passed? No, you cannot reapply for an exam until you have received results from the exam you had previously written.

Canadian Registered Nurse Examination

19 07 2009


For more information, please visit http://www.i-gate.ca

CNA, developer and owner of the CRNE, offers two official tools to assist candidates studying for the exam. These two tools, the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam Prep Guide and the LeaRN™ CRNE Readiness Test, complement each other to help candidates prepare for the CRNE.

Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE) Prep Guide

The CRNE Prep Guide is a study guide in print format with an accompanying CD-ROM. Available in either English or French, the prep guide offers close to 300 practice questions, including over 75 questions in the new short answer format. The CD-ROM allows you to select questions by format or by content category.

The guide also provides the following tools:

  • answers and explanations to help you learn
  • a performance profile to identify your strengths and weaknesses
  • valuable test-taking strategies and study tips


Purchase the CRNE Prep Guide from your school bookstore or from CNA at http://bookstore.cna-aiic.ca or by calling 1-800-385-5881. CNA’s prep guide price is $74.95 plus taxes and shipping and handling.

LeaRN CRNE Readiness Test

Available in either English or French, the LeaRN CRNE Readiness Test is an online simulated CRNE in a shortened format. Please note: The test has now been updated so that it conforms to the revised format of the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE). As of February 2008 and until February 2010, the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE) will consist solely of multiple-choice questions.

The LeaRN CRNE Readiness Test offers these benefits:

  • 100 multiple-choice questions
  • questions from former CRNEs that are completely different from those in the prep guide
  • a match with the CRNE in terms of level of difficulty and questions by content type
  • an opportunity to view questions you answered incorrectly along with the correct responses, supporting rationale and references


The test also gives you instant overall results as well as four sub-scores based on the CRNE competency categories to help focus future study for the CRNE.

Anyone who is planning to take the CRNE may want to consider taking this test. For internationally educated nurses, the test may be particularly helpful as it is accessible from all over the world and can be taken before coming to Canada.

Purchase the LeaRN CRNE Readiness Test online, with a credit card, for $41.98.