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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 registered nurses and nurse practitioners who

Member rate is available to licensed/registered practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses who

  • have purchased a membership directly with CNA, or
  • are members of CNA through their membership with the Association of Regulated Nurses of Manitoba or Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia

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

Booking your exam

In addition to the exam fee, there is an exam booking fee ($105 + applicable taxes).

There are several exam-writing options available, with instructions for each. You can visit our Exam Preparation web page for details.

The booking fee goes directly to ProctorU or Pearson VUE to cover their costs of delivering the exams across Canada. The CNA certification exams are delivered through these networks, giving you greater scheduling flexibility by offering a two-week testing window.

Application fee discounts

Specialty association membership discount

SAVE 20% on your initial or renewal application fees if you are a member of a national specialty association. (Discount cannot be applied to rewrite applications.) Contact your association to obtain a discount voucher.

De Souza study group discount

Oncology and hospice palliative care nurses who are CNA members and registered with a de Souza exam preparation study group in 2020 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.

Discount rules

  • Only one voucher can be used per application
  • All vouchers have an expiry date

Financial support

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