The Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators of Canada (RPNRC) is the national umbrella organization for Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) regulators in Canada. The provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon Territory regulate psychiatric nursing as a distinct profession. The membership of RPNRC consists of:

RPNRC is not itself a regulator. Rather, each member has a provincial mandate to protect the public by regulating RPNs to be safe, competent and ethical. Through RPNRC, the members collaborate nationally to achieve excellence and consistency in provincial regulatory requirements and processes.

RPNRC is incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. It is a virtual organization, existing online without an office.   


Call for RFPs to Revise and Update Standards of Psychiatric Nursing Practice

The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA), the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC), the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba (CRPNM) and the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS) are seeking a consultant to review and update the existing Standards of Psychiatric Nursing Practice.

The Standards of Psychiatric Nursing Practice describe, in broad terms, the expected level of performance of all RPNs. The standards provide a guide to the knowledge, skills, values, judgment, and attitudes that are needed to support competent, safe, and ethical psychiatric nursing practice. The purpose of the review is to ensure the document remains relevant and is reflective of current psychiatric nursing practice.

Consultants who respond to the RFP will be knowledgeable about psychiatric nursing practice and the regulation of health professionals in Canada. They will also have excellent communication skills, and experience in policy development, project management, stakeholder engagement, facilitating consultations and data collection, data analysis surveys, report writing and public presentation.  For full details, click here.

Canadian Nurse Regulators' Forum

The inaugural Forum of Canadian Nurse Regulators was held July 6 in historic Montreal, Quebec.

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Registered Nurses (RNs), and Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) regulators met for the first ever gathering of nurse regulators in Canada to learn more about the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR), Canadian Council for Registered Nurse Regulators (CCRNR) and the Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators of Canada (RPNRC) and to exchange knowledge and information.

Common priorities and issues were explored as potential opportunities for nurse regulators to work together in the public's interest.

Joint Statement of RPNRC Members:  CRPNBC, CRPNA, RPNAS and CRPNM
Fraudulent Exam Prep Guide

A fraudulent exam preparation guide for the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination (RPNCE) is being sold online.  The following website purports to sell a prep guide with "questions sourced from actual previous RPNCE exams." There is no such prep guide.

The RPNCE is the property of the Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators of Canada (RPNRC), which is composed of the four Registered Psychiatric Nurse regulatory authorities for British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  The RPNRC has not yet released  any online or paper prep guides or practice tests for the RPNCE, nor has RPNRC endorsed a prep guide put out by another group.

Please use extreme caution in purchasing any prep guide that promises to prepare you for the RPNCE. If you need more information, please contact the regulatory body in your jurisdiction.

The Passing of Robert Allen

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) Allen, Chair of RPNRC and Executive Director of the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan.

Bob's contribution to the psychiatric nursing profession will be missed. We extend our condolences to the RPNAS Board and staff and to Bob's family and friends.

Changes to the RPNCE - Effective May 2016

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination (RPNCE) is a multiple-choice, paper and pencil exam that has been designed to test the entry level competence and safety to practice of new graduates and internationally educated applicants who are seeking registration as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in Canada.

The 2015 implementation of the new Entry Level Competencies for the psychiatric nursing profession in Canada required that a new blueprint be developed for the RPNCE.  The new blueprint will be implemented in May 2016.  At the same time, the total number of questions on the RPNCE will be decreased from the former 230-250 items (over two books) to a single, 4 hour exam of approximately 200 questions. The decreased number of exam items remains in line with industry standard for testing and measurement.

The RPNCE is offered three times a year in January, May and October.

RPN Entry Level Competencies (PDF)
Exam Blueprint (PDF)

Apply for the John Alex Crawford National Scholarship

Applications for the John Alex Crawford National Scholarship can now be completed online at the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Foundation website at  For more information, find more details on our Awards and Scholarships page.