To qualify for registration as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, all applicants must pass the registration examination approved by the Board. Since 2012, the exam approved by the CRPNM Board of Directors is the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination (RPNCE).
The RPNCE is a multiple-choice, paper and pencil exam that has been designed to test the entry level competence and safety to practice of new graduates and internationally educated applicants who are seeking registration as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in Manitoba.
The RPNCE is offered three times a year in January, May and October.
RPNCE will become a computer-based test in 2022
The Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination (RPNCE) tests entry-level competence and safety to practice of applicants seeking registered psychiatric nurse (RPN) registration in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
In May 2022, the RPNCE will transition from the current pencil-and-paper exam to a computer-based exam. Instead of having to travel to single locations in each of the western provinces to write the exam, candidates will be able to schedule their exam at testing centres across the country. This is an exciting step to modernize exam delivery and improve accessibility for exam writers.
While applicants will complete the exam on a computer, the content of the exam will continue to be multiple choice and questions will follow the existing test blueprint.
Please note: This change will not impact the October 2021 or January 2022 writings of the RPNCE.
Please click here to access the RPNCE study guide & practice test.
Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators of Canada (RPNRC)
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. RPNRC, in collaboration with our exam testing partner, Yardstick Assessment Strategies (YAS), provides a study guide and an optional, online practice test to assist Internationally Educated Nurse applicants and Canadian psychiatric nursing graduates to prepare to write the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination (RPNCE).
RPRNC is aware that an exam study guide for the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination (RPNCE) is being sold online. The following website http://www.rpncestudyguide.com/ purports to a prep guide with “questions and answers sourced from actual previous RPNCE.”
RPRNC advises exam applicants to use extreme caution in purchasing any prep guide that promises to prepare you for the RPNCE.
The RPNRC endorsed Study Guide is available, free of charge, here and on the websites of each provincial regulator.