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Provisional registration and the NCLEX

​Passing the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (NCLEX) is a condition of provisional registration. Exam results are sent by email to the candidate, typically within one to five days of writing the exam. Results are not shared with employers or any other third party.

If you pass

We will notify you of your exam results and any outstanding requirements for registration. If you have met all requirements and have provisional registration, your provisional registration will automatically be converted to "practising -registered nurse" registration. This can be verified online using the nurse verification tool instantly.

If you fail once

You can continue working on provisional registration after one exam fail. You’ll be eligible to write the exam again in 45 days from the date of the first attempt. It is your responsibility to inform all of your current or prospective employers of your unsuccessful exam result and updated provisional registration conditions.

After applying to write the exam for a second time, you must provide employer contact information to CRNBC before receiving the Authorization to Test needed to schedule your next exam date.

If you do not currently hold provisional registration or if you intend to add additional employers to your provisional registration and you have failed the exam one time:

  • You must inform all of your prospective employers that you were not successful on the exam.
  • Apply for provisional registration by completing Form 8.1: Application for Provisional Registration (available by contacting CRNBC at and submitting it to CRNBC along with a letter of acknowledgment from your prospective employer. This letter must confirm that the employer is aware of your examination result.

Check the CRNBC website  to see if any changes have been made regarding provisional registration.

If you fail twice

If you fail the exam a second time, you are no longer eligible for provisional registration and will not be considered for registration until you pass the exam. Learn more about retaking the exam.

  • Notice of expiry to registrant

    Your provisional registration will expire six to eight weeks after being notified of your second failure. You will receive an email confirming these details two to five business days after receiving your exam results. You will be asked to notify your employer of the new expiry date.
  • Notice of expiry to employer

    A minimum of four weeks before the expiry of your provisional status, CRNBC will email your employer to advise them of the new expiry date. Exam results are not disclosed.

Note: If you apply for your third attempt at the NCLEX while still holding provisional registration, you will not receive the Authorization to Test (ATT) until your provisional registration has expired.

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