Skip to main content

Application stages

There are four main stages to the registration process.

​Information about the stages of the IEN registration process are provided in detail below.

We also encourage you to watch our Internationally Educated Nurses' Application Process web learning module for more information.

Stage 1: Apply to NNAS

​Apply to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). The NNAS collects and reviews your documents and information to prepare a report. The NNAS is responsible for all communications during this stage of the process.

CRNBC uses your NNAS report and copies of the documents you submitted to NNAS to assess your application. Please read the FAQ section on their website for details, including requirements and timeframes.

After your NNAS application is complete, they will send you an email to let you know that you can apply to CRNBC.

Stage 2: Apply to CRNBC
After the NNAS notifies you by email that your application and report are complete, you can now apply to CRNBC. When you apply with us, we will review your application and your NNAS file. If you told NNAS that you intended to apply to CRNBC, we will have access to your NNAS report and the documents you submitted to them; there is no need for you to resubmit them to us. However, we may need additional documents from you. We will let you know by email if we need more information/documents after we have reviewed your CRNBC application and NNAS file.
Stage 3: Competency assessment

Nursing education and practice has evolved differently in different parts of the world. As part of the application process, most internationally-educated applicants are required to complete a competency assessment.

The competency assessment evaluates your skills against competencies required for entry-level practice in B.C.  If gaps are identified, it will assist in determining what transitional education is required.

Entry level competencies are the competences that new graduates from a B.C nursing program are required to have. You may need to familiarize yourself with BC graduates entry level knowledge before you complete the competency assessment.

See How long does the process take? on the Applying​ page.

Stage 4: Assessed registration requirements (supplementary education and exam)

Once you have completed the competency assessment, a report will be sent to CRNBC summarizing the details of your assessment and identifying where differences in practice may exist in comparison to a B.C. nursing graduate. Coursework will normally be recommended. Using this report and all of the documentation and information from your application, we will do an assessment and determine your registration requirements.

You will be emailed an assessment letter outlining your registration requirements. The two main requirements will be related to the coursework you must complete (if applicable) and the national nursing exam (PDF). The email will include information about the order in which you must complete your requirements. For example, any required transitional coursework (PDF) must normally be completed prior to working with provisional registration or writing the national nursing exam. 

See How long does the process take? on the Applying page.

Home > Registration & renewal > Application — registered nurse > Internationally educated nurses > Application stages