Language Resources

Two Language Proficiency Tests are accepted by CRNBC:

1) CELBAN: This is a four-module English proficiency test that is required for you to upgrade your nursing degree or diploma in Canada. It is accepted by all licensing bodies all over Canada. The CELBAN tests your proficiency in medical report writing, medical vocabulary, and interaction with patients for treatment. All of the modules of the test are based on medical topics. The assessment test is taken in 4 parts including speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

2) IELTS: IELTS measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. This test also assesses speaking, writing, listening, and reading. It is not medically focused.

Resources to help you succeed: 

 CELBAN Tutoring: This includes eight tutoring sessions in eight weeks to help you prepare for the CELBAN test. It is offered online or at certain educational institutions.

Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB): The CCLB is the official Canadian standards for describing, measuring and recognizing the language proficiency of immigrants in both English and French. The CCLB supports and promotes the use of these national standards in educational, training, community and workplace settings.

Omni College: Offers a CELBAN test preparation course for you to increase your proficiency in English. It takes around 4 weeks of full-time school to complete.

Vancouver Community College (VCC) : VCC offers an eight-week part-time course that provides IENs with strategies for writing the CELBAN and increasing knowledge and understanding of the English language.