NCLEX in Canada Applications & Requirements.

NCLEX in Canada

NCLEX in Canada is fairly new and for that reason, information is scarce. Starting in January 5th, 2015, the NCLEX-RN replaces the CRNE as Canada’s national examination for those applying to be a registered nurse. There are actually TWO applications you will need to submit (there may be more for international/foreign educated students).


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General Process (BE sure to check for current info on official board websites)


What is the Association of Nursing?

In Canada’s system for the NCLEX RN, Each province has an organization called an Association of Nursing (for example, there are 15 Associations of Nursing in Canada). Some provinces have two Associations – one for LPNs and one for RNs. These associations are the people who decide if you are able to take the NCLEX and get licensed in their province.

Before you can even consider scheduling or planning where you want to take the NCLEX, you have to make your application to a Province or Territory.

How do I Know What Requirements I need to Meet?

Each province has different requirements. They will charge a different application fee depending on each province. If you don’t know what province you want to be a nurse in, now is the time to choose!

In Canada, nurses don’t get licensed for the whole country. Each nurse is usually licensed in one province at a time. That’s why the first step is to choose what province you want to apply for NCLEX in Canada!

However, no matter what province you apply for, everyone takes the same NCLEX to be a nurse in both Canada and the United States.

Where can I take my NCLEX?

All international students should also read this FAQ page on the NCSBN website to learn more about applying for the NCLEX in Canada!

According to the FAQ page, “The countries and non-member board territories that currently administer the NCLEX examinations are Australia, Canada, England, Germany (not available), Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico and Taiwan.”

You can also search available test centers from this Pearson Vue Test Center Search.

When can I take my NCLEX?

There are no set test dates for the NCLEX in Canada – and in the U.S. for that case – that you have to plan while doing the application. You can apply1and register anytime. Once you do, you can then schedule your NCLEX for a date that is comfortable for you! The only requirement is that there might be a 90-day time limit (you have to schedule your NCLEX within 90 days of your application’s approval).

List of Provinces and Territories and Association Websites for NCLEX in Canada:



Pearson Vue is the company that administers the NCLEX exam in Canada too. You should register here only after you have received authorization to test from Step 1!