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Initial Exam Fees

CNA member fee Non-member fee²
Exam fee $5701 $7561
Pearson VUE test centre fee $105 $105
Exam rewrite3 $3651 $4841

Applicable taxes will be added to the above fees.

1 These fees include a non-refundable administrative fee of $125.

2 Member rate is available to RNs and NPs who

If you are an RN or NP in Ontario or Quebec, you can join CNA and apply to become a Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) beneficiary.

3 Certification candidates whose previous exam results were unsuccessful are eligible for a reduced rewrite fee (valid for the next two calendar years).

Pearson VUE writing centres

In addition to the exam fee, there is a Pearson VUE test centre fee ($105 + applicable taxes).

The test centre booking fee goes directly to Pearson VUE to cover the cost of operating its network of computer-based testing centres across Canada. The CNA certification exams are delivered through this network, giving you greater scheduling flexibility by offering a two-week testing window.

Save 20% with de Souza!

Oncology and hospice palliative care nurses who are CNA members and registered with a de Souza exam preparation study group in 2018 can save 20% on their CNA certification fee.

Visit www.desouzainstitute.com to join a study group.

Group incentive discount

If you are writing an initial nursing certification exam or renewing your nursing certification by exam or continuous learning hours, you might be interested in forming a group to get a discount:

  • 10-29 applicants receive a 10% discount
  • 30 or more applicants receive a 20% discount

Any nurse applying for or renewing their certification can be included in the group incentive. Nurses who are rewriting the exam or applying through de Souza can be included in the group count, but they are not eligible for the group discount because their fee has already been reduced.


  1. A contact person provides CNA with a list of group participants. The contact person must have received consent from the applicants to share their contact information with CNA.
  2. CNA will check the list against its list of applications that have been submitted during the two application windows (applicable for same-year application windows only).
  3. At the end of the second exam window (i.e., end of December) individual refunds will be processed, provided the minimum number of applications has been met.

Financial support

Please see the Financial Support section for more information regarding funding opportunities.