A CRNPEI registration certificate is required in order to begin orientation and work as a Registered Nurse, Graduate Nurse or Nurse Practitioner in PEI.

Choose below the applicable application category to apply.

Graduate of Program leading to Registered Nurse Designation

In order to become registered to practise as a registered nurse in Prince Edward Island for the first time, graduates must meet the initial registration requirements which include passing the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN). The NCLEX-RN is administered by Pearson VUE, an international testing company. A graduate must apply using the processes described below and pay the applicable fees.

CRNPEI will issue a registration certificate to practice as a graduate nurse upon confirmation of program completion and notification that the NCLEX-RN is scheduled. A registration certificate is required in order to begin orientation and work as a graduate nurse. A fee is required prior to certificate issue. Once you have succesfully completed (passed) the NCLEX-RN, in order to begin to working within the RN scope of practice and to use the designation of RN, you must obtain an RN registration certificate.

Application for Registration with CRNPEI and Taking the NCLEX-RN Exam

Step 1: Complete the CRNPEI online Application for Registration - PEI Graduates - CLOSED

              Graduates of other Canadian Provinces complete the following application: 

                   New Graduates of Canadian Nursing Programs outside of PEI

Step 2: Submit proof of legal name by email (info@crnpei.ca) or fax (902 628 1430): copy of birth certificate and copy of marriage certificate (if applicable); copy of government-issued identification with your photo on it (such as a copy of your passport photo page or your driver's license.)

Step 3: Submit a criminal record check (oriniginal copy) that includes a vulnerable sector check. The criminal record check must have been issued within one month prior to submission. You can submit the criminal record check by mail or you can bring it to the office.

Step 4: Apply to Pearson VUE to take NCLEX. Register and create a web account with Pearson VUE at www.pearsonvue.com and pay the exam fee. CRNPEI advises Pearson VUE of a graduate’s eligibility to take the NCLEX upon confirmation of program completion from the Dean of the school of nursing. You will be able to schedule an appointment with Pearson VUE to take the exam after receipt of the authorization to test (ATT) from Pearson VUE. NCLEX results will be emailed to all candidates typically 2-3 days after taking the exam. The NCLEX will be offered in Charlottetown: June 19-25, 2018. The NCLEX is available at other writing centers outside of the province on an ongoing basis.

Testing Accommodation - In order to receive instructions on how to proceed with a request for testing accommodation, CRNPEI must be contacted at least two months prior to writing the NCLEX. Email us at info@crnpei.ca to arrange this.


Previously Registered as an RN in PEI

If you were previously registered as an RN in PEI within the last 3 years, you can apply for reinstatement of your registration, using the Reinstatement form.

If you were previously registered as an RN in PEI beyond the last 3 years, you must complete a new application for registration.

Previously Registered as an RN in Canada

Registration application form for an RN previously registered in another Canadian province or territory.

Graduate of Program leading to Nurse Practitioner Designation

Registration Application Form if you are a graduate of the Nurse Practitioner Program at UPEI.

Registration Application Form if you are a graduate of a Nurse Practitioner Program outside PEI.

Previously Registered as an NP in PEI

If you were previously registered as a Nurse Practitioner in PEI within the last 3 years, you can apply for reinstatement of your registration, using the Reinstatement application form.

If you were previously registered as a Nurse Practitioner in PEI beyond the last 3 years, you must complete a new application for registration.

Previously Registered as an NP in Canada

Registration application form for a Nurse Practitioner previously registered in another Canadian province or territory.

Internationally Educated Nurses


The College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island (CRNPEI) would like to offer a warm welcome to all internationally educated nurses (IENs) who are considering living and working in Prince Edward Island. Our team is here to support you through the application process for registration and licensure, to ensure that process is as seamless and efficient as possible.There are a number of steps in the application process and it is important to take your time and be thorough to ensure you have completed everything, as we cannot make a decision on your application until we receive all required documents. Remember we are just an email or phone call (902 368 3764 or toll free 1 844 843 3933) away if you need help.

Nursing in PEI

Types of Nurses in Prince Edward Island

There are three categories of nurses in Prince Edward Island: licensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered nurses (RNs), and nurse practitioners (NPs). Provincial law protects the title ‘nurse’, and only those registered and licensed in one of these three categories can call themselves a ‘nurse’ and use the designation of ‘LPN’, ‘RN’, or ‘NP’. The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Prince Edward Island regulates the practice of LPNs, while The College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island (CRNPEI), regulates the practice of RNs and NPs.

While the overall goal of nursing is to promote optimum health and prevent illness, the roles and responsibilities of RNs and NPs differ. These differences are based on provincial law as well as individual nurses’ initial and ongoing education, experience, and professional development. In their work settings, nurses practice together and with other healthcare providers to ensure quality care. In some situations the roles and responsibilities of nurses may overlap. More information about the scope of practice of RNs and NPs can be found in the PEI Registered Nurses Regulations, as well as at these links:

Standards of NP Practice

Standards of RN Practice

Entry Level Competencies for NPs

Entry Level Competencies for RNs  

For information about the key differences between RNs and LPNs in clinical practice in PEI, please refer to the following document, Comparison of Practice Expectations: Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses.

Nursing Jobs in PEI

Currently there are jobs available in PEI for RNs and NPs. Please visit the PEI Government website, Department of Recruitment and Retention for further information about living and working in PEI.

Why register with CRNPEI?

To practice as an RN or NP in PEI, you must be registered and licensed by CRNPEI. Please note that if you wish to move to another province in Canada, you must apply to the licensing authority in that province before being permitted to work there. Here is a list of the licensing bodies for registered nurses in Canada. The steps are outlined in the next tab for internationally educated nurses who wish to become RNs in our province. Again, welcome to our website and we look forward to assisting you with the process of becoming registered and licensed to work in Prince Edward Island.

How to Apply 

Step 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. CRNPEI 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 CRNPEI.

Language Proficiency

CRNPEI will require applicants to be proficent in English. Please note that based on the information provided in the application form, NNAS will determine which applicants will require a language test to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in English. Only the following agencies have been approved by NNAS for testing:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Only the IELTS Academic test is accepted.
  • Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN)

Test Component

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Combined scores from different tests are not acceptable; scores must be obtained from a test taken at the same sitting. Only language test scores forwarded directly to NNAS from the testing agency will be accepted.  Test results are only valid for 2 years from the time of writing.

Step 2: Apply to CRNPEI

After the NNAS notifies you by email that your application and report are complete, you can now apply to CRNPEI if you meet the hours of practice requirement. CRNPEI requires applicants to have worked 1125 hours as a registered nurse over the last 5 years. Alternatively, if you are a graduate of a baccalaureate nursing education program (or an IEN bridging program) within the last 5 years, you are also eligible to apply. There is an application fee of $100 and a document processing fee of $400 that must be paid with your initial applciation. We will then begin to review your application and your NNAS report. If you identified CRNPEI as the jurisdiction of choice when you submitted your documents to NNAS, we will have access to your NNAS report and the documents you submitted to them; so there is no need for you to re-submit them to us. We will let you know by email if we need more information or documents after we have reviewed your CRNPEI application and NNAS file.

2a. Competency Assessment - As part of the application process, most internationally-educated applicants are required to complete a competency assessment to evaluate your skills against competencies required for entry-level practice in PEI.  If gaps are identified, it will assist in determining what additional education may be required. Entry level competencies are the competencies that new graduates from a PEI nursing program are required to have. You may need to familiarize yourself with PEI graduates entry level knowledge before you complete the competency assessment. Competency assessments for CRNPEI are completed through either the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre (RNPDC) in Nova Scotia or the Centre for Nursing Studies in Newfoundland. You may be given the option to go to either of these two sites. The competency assessment can take 2-5 full days and includes written, verbal, and practical tests. You can expect to receive a report of your competency assessment by email within three months after completing the competency assessment. CRNPEI will receive and review this same report. Based on the report, CRNPEI will determine whether you will be required to do some additional coursework. 

2b. Required Additional Courses - The report of the competency assessment will identify any gaps in your knowledge in comparison to a PEI nursing graduate. Some additional coursework will normally be recommended. You will then be emailed an assessment letter outlining the specific recommendatons. 

Step 3. National Nursing Exam (NCLEX-RN)

Once the required coursework has been successfully completed, and all other required documents have been received by CRNPEI, you can then proceed to register for the national nursing exam (NCLEX-RN) through Pearson Vue. You can register and pay for the NCLEX-RN at http://www.pearsonvue.com/nclex/. CRNPEI will make you ‘eligible’ for the exam with Pearson Vue. We do this electronically, and following this step, you will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) email, which allows you to schedule an appointment to take the exam. You may need to travel to a permanent test center in another Canadian province or in the United States to take the exam, as PEI only has a temporary test center which operates in February and June each year.

Please note, all applicants for registration as a registered nurse (RN) in 10 of the country's jurisdictions (not including Quebec or Yukon) are required to successfully complete the computer-adaptive NCLEX-RN exam, administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Please note there is a fee of $360 to write the exam. Exam writers are encouraged to visit the NCSBN website for more information about NCLEX-RN. 

Step 4. Registration/Licensure with CRNPEI

Congratulations, you are almost done! Once you have passed the national nursing exam, and met all the other requirements, you can become registered and licensed as a nurse with CRNPEI. The license fee is currently $450 per year.


Processing Times & Fees



Processing Times


Step 1: NNAS

Applicant applies to NNAS. Part of application is submitting many required forms. See NNAS website for more info about fees.

Varies widely

Can take up to one year

$650 (USD) = ~$845 CA


English test (e.g.IELTS) ~ $300


Possible additional costs for translation of forms

Step 2: CRNPEI

Applicant applies to the CRNPEI and submits payment. CRNPEI receives application and report from NNAS. Then CRNPEI reviews and acknowledges receipt of application, and informs applicants of next steps.

2-3 weeks after receiving application & required documents

$ 500

Step 2a:

Competency Assessment

If advisory report from NNAS is not comparable or somewhat comparable with Canadian nursing standards and further assessment is required. Applicant will have to do a competency assessment.




Additional costs for traveling where the center is located


Required Coursework

If supplementary education is required based on the results of the competency assessment.


Per course  $225 -$ 450

Step 3: NCLEX-RN

When applicant is found eligible to write the national nursing exam by CRNPEI. Applicant can register to write the national exam ‘NCLEX-RN’.


$ 360


Additional costs for prep materials

Step 4: CRNPEI Registration & Licensure

When applicant has passed the national nursing exam. Applicant can register with CRNPEI and become licensed as a registered nurse.


$ 450

Factors That Can Delay the Process:

  • graduation from a nursing or practical nursing program that doesn’t meet entry-to-practice competencies
  • lack of evidence the applicant has practised nursing or graduated from a nursing program within the past five years
  • lack of evidence the candidate demonstrates language proficiency in English
  • unsuccessful completion of the national registration exam
  • failure to produce other documents requested by CRNPEI in a timely manner 

Registration application form for internationally educated nurses.