The English Language Proficiency Test is a measure of your English writing, speaking, listening and reading capabilities to ensure you’re able to safely communicate with the client and other members of the interdisciplinary team in Nova Scotia.
Test scores must be obtained in one test sitting and we do not accept results that combine scores from more than one test or more than one sitting of the same test.
|Name of Test||Minimum Passing Score|
|Canadian English Language Benchmarks Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) www.celbancentre.ca||Writing: 7
|International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic Only) www.ieltscanada.ca||Writing: 7
We may be able to download your test results directly from IELTS if you provide us with your Test Report Form Number. If not, please arrange for the language testing centre to forward a copy of your test results to CRNNS.
Internationally Educated Nurses: Meeting the English Language Proficiency Requirement
There are four ways in which you can demonstrate your English language proficiency to CRNNS:
Additional information about the English language policy that applies to internationally educated nurses not currently licensed in Canada can be found in the CRNNS Registration & Licensure Guide for Internationally Educated Nurses.
Note: An applicant’s English language proficiency is determined during the NNAS process and CRNNS as the regulatory body does not intervene in this initial process. This means that if NNAS determines that you are not proficient in English, you will be required to submit an English language test to NNAS. CRNNS cannot “waive” this NNAS English language proficiency test requirement. Once you apply to CRNNS the above rules related to English language proficiency apply.
Test Exemption Canadian RNs or New Graduates
All applicants must submit an English Language Proficiency Test score unless they provide satisfactory evidence of the following.
Please note that these exemptions do not apply to internationally educated nurses who do not hold a current RN licence in Canada:
Expiry of the English Language Proficiency Test
Your English Language Proficiency Test results will expire two years from the date you complete the test. If your test results expire prior to you becoming registered with the CRNNS, your file will be placed on hold until an updated test is received. You will not be permitted to do the following if your file is placed on hold:
You are responsible to monitor the expiry of your test results.
In return for the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (hereinafter referred to as ‘CRNNS’) providing you with a user ID and password, you agree to abide by the following terms and conditions of use for this and all future uses of the CRNNS Committee Portal through the use of your CRNNS user ID and password:
These terms and conditions of use may be amended from time to time. When this occurs, you will be presented with the new version and asked to indicate your acceptance once again before you are provided with access to the Committee Portal.
By accepting this agreement, and with each subsequent access to the Committee Portal, you are indicating your agreement to the terms and conditions of the preceding.
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Given name(s): Nicola Ann
Last name: Aaronson
Former name(s): Smith
CRNNS number: 12345
Type of licence: Nurse Practitioner
Status of Licence: Active Practising
Start Date: November 1 2014
Expiry Date: October 31 2015
Current Conditions and Restrictions: This nurse is not able to...
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Date of initial entry on the register: January 1, 1970
Date of removal from the register:
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NP Practice Category: Family
Collaborative Practice Effective Date: January 31, 2012
Dartmouth General Hospital
330 Main Street