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, computer-based test (CBT) 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.
How to Apply to Write the RPNCE
1. Apply for initial registration with CRPNM
To apply to write the exam, you will need to apply for initial registration with CRPNM. Click on the Applicant Portal to start your application.
Do not forget to complete the Examination Information record at the portal. If you need to request an accommodation, you can indicate your request on this record. Learn more about the CRPNM testing accommodations policy here. The CRPNM will submit your exam information and request, if applicable, to our exam provider Meazure Learning.
2. Pay for the exam and select preferred writing location
Seven 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 location, 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: You will have a seven-day window to purchase your exam. If you do not purchase the exam within this window, you will not be able to write the exam and will have to wait until the next sitting. To be sure you receive this email, put firstname.lastname@example.org in your email contacts list.
3. Wait for your exam booking confirmation
Four weeks prior to the exam date, Meazure Learning will send you a confirmation email with your exam date, location, exam and venue rules, and confirmation of accommodations (if applicable). Follow the instructions in this email closely. Once your exam date and location has been booked it cannot be changed.
A Note About Third-Party Prep Materials
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, Meazure Learning, 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. RPNRC 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.