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.


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)

Fraudulent Exam Prep Guide

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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.