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NCLEX FAQs for employers

posted Dec. 30, 2014
updated Jan. 7, 2015

As of January 5, 2015, the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE) will be replaced by the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions for employers. Please visit the links on the right of this page for additional resources.

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When do CRNBC applicants begin writing the NCLEX exam?
The first date that CRNBC applicants can write the NCLEX is January 5, 2015. As of December 29, 2014, 225 CRNBC applicants have been granted eligibility to write the NCLEX.
Where do applicants write the NCLEX?

There are permanent sites in Vancouver (Burnaby) & Surrey available year-round, as well as temporary sites throughout the province available for specified periods as follows:

  • Kamloops – June 24 to July 15, 2015
  • Nanaimo – June 1 to June 19, 2015
  • Prince George – June 1 to 15, 2015
  • Victoria – June 18 to July 11, 2015

CRNBC applicants can choose to write at any domestic testing center (Canada and USA) or at an international testing center for an additional fee. Information about specific testing center locations can be found on the Pearson Vue website.

Can applicants who are waiting to write still hold provisional registration?
Yes, applicants can apply for provisional registration while waiting to write and pass the NCLEX. Applicants are given up to one year to meet all conditions on their provisional registration, which includes passing the NCLEX within two attempts.
What happens when a nurse fails the exam?

After one unsuccessful attempt, provisional registrants are responsible to inform their employers of the result. In most cases, applicants are eligible to write the exam a second time, but must wait a minimum of 45 days between exam dates.

After two unsuccessful attempts, applicants are no longer eligible for provisional registration. They will be informed of their provisional registration expiry date, which is approximately six weeks following the release of their exam result. Employers (contact information provided by the provisional registrant) will also be informed of the new expiry date.

Applicants will be eligible to write the exam a third time after meeting any conditions (if applicable) put in place by the Registration Committee.

After three or more unsuccessful attempts, applicants are no longer eligible to write the exam unless the CRNBC Board directs otherwise. Applicants are provided with information about making a request to the Board with their exam results.

How can I check registration statuses?
You can go to the CRNBC Nurse Verification page. The verification page will list the provisional registration conditions for individual registrants.
How will I know if a nurse has passed the exam?
NCLEX results are provided only to the CRNBC applicant. Only information about current status is shared with employers via the CRNBC Nurse Verification page.
I am a registered nurse in British Columbia, and I would like to write the NCLEX. Can I apply through CRNBC?
No. The NCLEX is only written through CRNBC as a registration requirement. As you have already met the exam requirement to become a registered nurse in B.C., you are not eligible to apply for the NCLEX through CRNBC. In order to write the NCLEX, you will need to apply through a state board of nursing and it will be up to that board to confirm your eligibility for the exam.
I am a registered nurse in British Columbia. Am I required to write the NCLEX in order to renew my registration and maintain my RN status?
No. The NCLEX has replaced the CRNE as the entry to practice exam for initial registration in B.C. It is only written by new applicants seeking initial registration who have not yet met the exam requirement for registration with CRNBC.
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