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2017 Filipino RN Guide to Registration in British Columbia

 We are providing consolidated information on applying for registration with the College of Registered Nurses in British Columbia) as a public service to our readers, viewers and friends – and as part of our advocacy to provide the latest and more information from the official source with least time involved.

Crispin Aranda

2017 Filipino RN Guide to Registration in British Columbia

(College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC)

 For complete and recent changes, please log on to https://www.crnbc.ca/Registration/RNApplication/InternationalEN/Pages/Default.aspx


Starting Sept. 1, 2016, all applicants—including B.C. graduates—who apply for initial RN registration must complete the jurisprudence learning m​​odule.

About jurisprudence

Jurisprudence is a legal term that refers to the study or knowledge of law. Nursing jurisprudence is law that relates specifically to nursing practice.  All nurses (especially IENs) should be familiar with the laws and legislation that affects their practice.

The jurisprudence module topics are free and convenient that can be accessed and learned at the IEN’s own pace.

The jurisprudence learning module explores how jurisprudence applies to a nurse's practice. The module takes about 1.5 hours to complete. There are several case studies, related resources and self-quizzes to help nurses learn about jurisprudence. The jurisprudence module is suitable for nurses at any stage of their nursing career.

If you apply for initial RN registration after Aug. 31, 2016, you must declare on your application that you have completed the jurisprudence module.There is no formal jurisprudence exam or quiz required to meet CRNBC's registration requirements.

Why jurisprudence is being introduced

Nursing regulatory bodies across Canada have added or are working toward adding a jurisprudence component to their registration processes. Nursing regulators across Canada want to increase awareness of jurisprudence amongst nurses because it is in the best interest of the public. ​


All applicants must meet CRNBC's English requirements.

If you have completed the NNAS process, you may still need to provide us with English fluency test. You can take either the IELTS or CELBAN.

IELTS Required scores are -  Speaking 7.0; Listening 7.5; Reading 6.5 and Writing 7.0.  Overall band score should be 7.0

CELBAN Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses – required scores are - Speaking 8.0;  Listening 10.0; Reading 8.0; Writing 7.0

Contact info and test sites in BC  http://www.celbancentre.ca/

CRNBC Registration Stages

Stage 1 – Apply to NNAS

The National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) is the organization that all internationally educated registered nurses must apply to before applying for registration in B.C.

The NNAS collects and assesses your documents and information. After the NNAS reviews and assesses your application, they will prepare an advisory report.

Please note: All requests and communication about this part of the process should be directed to the NNAS. After you complete the NNAS process, you need to apply to CRNBC.  CRNBC will access your NNAS file and complete its own review of your application.

Package includes:

  • Internationally Educated Applicant Instructions
  • Internationally Educated Nurse Application Form
  • Criminal Record Checks for Registration

NNAS Application Process

Before applying to the College, all internationally educated nurses (IENs) must first apply through the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). NNAS is a national online application service developed by nursing regulatory bodies across Canada.

NNAS is the mandatory first step for any IEN applicant who:

  • is a graduate of a nursing education program outside of Canada
  • has never been registered as a registered nurse anywhere within Canada
  • is currently or has been registered as an RN with the regulatory body in the country where they received their entry-level RN education

For more information about this new first step in the IEN application process, please visit www.nnas.ca.

Stage 2 - Apply to CRNBC

CRNBC uses your NNAS report to assess your application. Please read the FAQ section on their website for details, including requirements and timeframes.

After your NNAS application is complete, they will send you an email to let you know that you can apply to CRNBC.

Stage 3: SEC assessment

Nursing education and practice has evolved differently in different parts of the world. As part of the application process, most internationally-educated applicants are required to complete a Substantially Equivalent Competency (SEC) assessment​. The SEC assessment looks at your nursing knowledge and practice and shows us how it matches what we expect of nurses that completed their nursing program in B.C.

The assessment evaluates entry level competencies; it does not look at expert levels of nursing practice. Entry level competencies are the competences that new graduates from a B.C nursing program are required to have. You may need to familiarize yourself with BC graduates entry level knowledge before you complete the SEC assessment.

If there are differences, you will be required to complete supplementary education before you can write the national nursing exam.

Stage 4: Assessed registration requirements (supplementary education and exam)

Once you have completed the SEC assessment,* a report will be sent to CRNBC summarizing the details of your assessment and identifying where differences in practice may exist in comparison to a BC grad. Coursework will normally be recommended. Using this report and all of the documentation and information from your application, we will do an assessment and determine your registration requirements.

You will be emailed an assessment letter outlining your registration requirements. The two main requirements will be related to the coursework you must complete (if applicable) and the national nursing exam. The email will include information about the order in which you must complete your requirements. For example, any required supplementary education (PDF) must normally be completed prior to working with provisional registration or writing the national nursing exam. 

See How long does the process take? on the Applying page.

*If you were not required to complete an SEC, you will be assessed when your application is complete

After Applying with CRNBC

Will I have to complete coursework?

Once we have a complete application, including the SEC results, we will assess your application and determine your registration requirements. You will be informed in your emailed assessment letter what, if any, coursework is required. The coursework will need to be completed prior to commencing employment or writing the national nursing exam.

Please review Registered Nurse Supplementary Education for Internationally Educated Nurses information sheet  to learn about what type of coursework may be required.

When do I submit a Criminal Record check and Statutory Declaration?

We will notify you when these need to be submitted; do not submit prior to receiving a request to do so. When required, all applicants will be asked for consent to complete a Criminal Record Check (CRC). The fee for the CRC is currently $28. Your consent and fee is submitted to us then forwarded to the B. C. Ministry of Justice. Your consent and fee must be collected before you will be able to write the national nursing exam or apply for Provisional RN registration.

When required, all applicants will be sent a statutory declaration (form 11) and have the form notarized by a notary public or another person authorized to take an affidavit. The notarized form must be submitted before you will be able to write the national nursing exam or apply for Provisional RN registration.

Can I work before I write the exam?

Provisional registration is a form of registration that allows you to practice with limits and conditions on your registration while you prepare to write the National Nursing Exam.

You will be eligible for this status when you are in Stage 4 of the application process and you have completed any required supplementary education. If you are not required to complete coursework, you will be eligible at the time you are assessed. Once you are sent the application, you will need to find an employer to complete the employer section of the application.

The following are examples of conditions likely to be attached to your registration at this stage* and reflect the outstanding national nursing exam requirement and employment restrictions:

  • May only practice at (facility named on this form)
  • Must write and pass the National Nursing Exam
  • Practice must be monitored for the duration of provisional registration
  • Maximum of 3 employers
  • Will no longer be eligible for provisional registration if all conditions are not met by (one year from date of issue)
  • Will no longer be eligible for provisional registration if registrant does not pass the National Nursing Exam after two attempts

*additional or different conditions may be applied in certain situations ​

When can I write the national nursing exam?

All other requirements must be met to be eligible to write the national nursing exam. You will be eligible to write the national nursing exam​  when you are in Stage 4 of the application process and you have completed all other registration requirements, including the required supplementary education. When you are eligible to write the exam, you will be sent a link to the online application.

If you pass

  • You will receive confirmation of your results and a form to finalize your Practising RN registration
  • If you have Provisional RN registration, you are automatically converted to Practising registration.

If you fail

  • We will notify you of your exam result, and next steps.
  • You are eligible to write the registration examination three times only, including all writings of the registration examination in other jurisdictions.

I have already passed the NCLEX. Do I have to take it again?

  • Effective Jan. 1, 2015, applicants do not need to write the National Nursing Exam, as CRNBC retroactively recognizes passing NCLEX sc​ores dating back to 1982. 
  • CRNBC must receive an official verificati​on directly from the regulatory body that confirms your exam date and result.
  • Applicants will still go through the standard application process.
  • Applicants will still complete the Substantially Equivalent Competency Assessment (SEC), if required.
  • Applicants will still complete any required coursework before being eligible for registration​.

​If you have any questions, please contact CRNBC at register@crnbc.ca  with the subject line “NCLEX.”. ​

Application fees for international applications:

1. NNAS fee

2. CRNBC fee, which is paid in two parts:

  • $100 for initial check for the language fluency requirement
  • $400 balance due after the language fluency requirement is met
  • Total CRNBC fee ―$500

Authors & Contributors

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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