Credential Recognition and Recertification

General Resources

  • IEN Application Process Fact Sheet: A step-by-step outline of the process to become an IEN in Canada, developed by CRNBC.
  • IEN Application Process Module: A 30-minute video outlining the process to become an IEN in Canada, including the personal experience of an IEN transitioning into the Canadian workplace is available through CRNBC.

The following information , based on CRNBC’s resources outlines the steps that must be taken in order to work towards obtaining nursing registration in B.C.

Step 1: Apply to the National Nursing Assessment Services (NNAS):  Applying to the NNAS is the first step you must take to work towards obtaining registration/licensure as a nurse in Canada. All nurses of all designations( RNs, LPNs, and RPNs, NPs) must apply through this service. Once the application and required documents are provided, it may take up to one year for NNAS to complete the process. Application requirements include an application fee, notarized documents, educational documents, verification of nursing registration and/or licenses, and nursing employment references. NNAS verifies these documents and ensures that they are consistent with the skills and knowledge required in a Canadian BScN program. You must also complete an English fluency exam if English is not your first language. Two types of tests are accepted (CELBAN or IELTS). *CRNBC recommends that you do not apply to NNAS unless you have passing English test results*

Step 2: Apply to CRNBC: Once NNAS has reviewed your advisory report, it will be sent to you and to CRNBC. This report contains an evaluation of your education, licensing/registration, and employment/practice. It will determine if your nursing practice is comparable, or not,  to Canadian nursing standards. Once the report has been received, you can apply to CRNBC. To apply to CRNBC you will need the NNAS application and ID number. CRNBC will then review the information fromNNAS. An application fee is required and additional documents may be required.

Step 3: Nursing Competency Assessment Service (NCAS): You must demonstrate that you can perform entry-level competencies that evaluate your nursing skills, knowledge, and practice. Usually, this is completed through the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS), which includes a computer-based assessment, a simulation lab assessment, and an oral assessment.  Nurses have one year to complete this process.

Step 4: Assessment of Application for Registration:  Once the competency assessment has been successfully completed, CRNBC will review the report and identify any gaps in the application. If gaps exists, you may need to enroll in a transitional education program to ensure competency. See the tab titled “bridging and training programs” for more information.

Step 5: Eligibility for Registration: Once you have completed the CRNBC registration requirements, which includes any required transitional education and passing the licensing exam (NCLEX-RN),  you are eligible for practicing registration.