The Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators of Canada (RPNRC) provides leadership for the profession of psychiatric nursing by: collaborating to achieve excellence and consistency in regulatory requirements and processes; engaging with stakeholders on regulatory matters; and informing the public about how the regulation of Registered Psychiatric Nurses in Canada protects the public. The RPNRC is a voice, nationally and internationally, for excellence in the profession.

This website provides information about the profession of Registered Psychiatric Nurses and their roles and responsibilities in serving the public and Canada's health care system.


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.