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You are committed, dedicated, and passionate about providing quality care and embarking on a career that services the public. As your association, we strive to support you in your journey. The information we provide is to further assist you as students and empower you to be informed in your future career.

Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE)

To practice as a RPN in Ontario, students must demonstrate successful completion of a nursing program to be eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nurses Registration Examination (CPNRE) and the College of Nurses (CNO) RN/RPN Jurisprudence Examination.


The CPNRE focuses on your knowledge of practical nursing principles and content; and (2) your ability to apply this knowledge in the context of specific health-care scenarios presented on the CPNRE.

The CPNRE is an online examination consisting of 165 to 170 objective multiple-choice questions to answer over a four-hour period.

You have three chances to successfully complete the CPNRE. For up-to-date information on examination window dates and the application deadlines, please visit the CNO website.

Students may find the following tools (available on the CPNRE website) useful while preparing for the exam:

  • The CPNRE Prep Guide, 5th Edition, developed to assist with exam prep, test taking strategies and
  • The Predictor Test, consisting of 85 objective multiple-choice questions to answer over a two-hour period.

For more specific information about the exam, information can be found on the CPNRE website.

Learn more about new exams launching in January 2022

CNO Jurisprudence Examination

The CNO jurisprudence examination assesses the knowledge and understanding of Ontario nursing regulation, by-laws, CNO practice standards and guidelines.

The open book online examination consists of 150 multiple choice questions to answer over a 3 hour and 45 minute period. You can repeat the exam as many times as required in order to pass.

Nursing Graduate Guarantee

The Nursing Graduate Guarantee (NGG) is an initiative of the Ontario Ministry of Health aimed at ensuring that every new nursing graduate (RN and RPN) who wishes to work full-time in Ontario will have that opportunity. Learn more

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