British Columbia RN Certification and Schools - BC
Following your nursing training and graduation from RN schools in British Columbia, all nurses who wish to work in British Columbia must first register with the CRNBC (College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia). Then, you must apply to take the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination. This 200 question multiple-choice examination is administered through the testing company Assessment Strategies, Inc. The examination tests nurses on the 148 competencies they are expected to know as an entry-level registered nurse in British Columbia. These competencies involve knowledge and skills that were learned during nursing school training.
The RN examination is given three times each year in each province. In British Columbia, the RN examination is offered in Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Victoria, Castlegar, Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George, Terrace, Nanaimo and Quesnel. You will be notified by CRNBC of your examination status about six to eight weeks after taking the exam. The CRNBC lists examination resources to help RN candidates prepare for the examination on their website. In addition to practice examinations and readiness tests, there are Canadian RN Examination Preparation Courses offered by universities in British Columbia. After obtaining registration as a nurse in British Columbia, you must renew your registration each year by meeting continuing competence requirements, providing current contact information, submitting a fee, and completing an online registration renewal application. Every five years, an RN’s criminal history will be re-checked as well.