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Renewal by Exam

If you hold a current RN registration or licence in Canada and have completed 2,925 hours of experience in your nursing practice specialty over your past five-year certification term, you are eligible to renew your credential by rewriting the certification exam. However, most candidates renew through continuous learning.

There are two online application periods available:


  • January 10 – March 1 › Application window to write exam
  • May 1 – 15 › Certification exam window

FALL 2019

  • June 27 – September 30 › Application window to write exam
  • November 1 – 15 › Certification exam window


If you renew by exam, you will have to pay the exam fees at application time. Note: a Pearson VUE test centre fee will be additional. Pearson VUE will e-mail you to set up your exam date and location at one of their many writing centres across Canada. This fee is paid directly to Pearson VUE.