College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba

Internationally Educated Applicants - Process & Requirements


Our primary mode of communication with applicants is email. Please provide a valid email address on your application form and check your email, including your junk folder, on a regular basis. Once your application has been reviewed you will receive a confirmation email from the College's registration services team with information about what is needed to complete your application process.

Application for Registration

In order to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in Manitoba and use the designation “registered nurse”, “RN” or “graduate nurse”, “GN”, you must register with the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba on the register of practicing registered nurses or the register of graduate nurses. These instructions apply to individuals who were educated as an RN outside Canada and who are currently, or have ever been, registered as an RN with the regulatory body in the country where they received their entry-level RN education, and who wish to apply for registration in Manitoba.

Information Required for Registration

All IENs must first apply through the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). Please visit for more information. After the NNAS advisory report has been generated, those wishing to apply to the College may do so.

Assessment for registered nurse exam eligibility requires the College to open a file for you to begin your application process. Please be advised that we will not keep any documentation received before an application file has been opened and assigned an applicant number. The following pieces of information must be submitted to the College as one complete package in order to open an application file:
  1. A completed internationally educated nurse application form

  2. The non-refundable application processing fee of $525.00 ($500.00 plus $25.00 GST) in Canadian funds. You can pay by cash, certified cheque or money order (payable to the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba), Visa, MasterCard or Interac. If paying by credit card, you must include your credit card number, expiry date and signature on the application form. Interac and cash payments are only accepted in person at the College office.

  3. Proof of identification (photo) – acceptable forms of identification include: photocopy of passport, permanent resident card, driver’s license or other government-issued picture identification and a copy of marriage/ divorce certificate (if applicable to verify a name change)

  4. Proof of immigration status – you must provide a copy of current Canadian immigration documents (e.g. Canadian Citizenship, permanent residency documents, temporary resident visa, student visa or authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act). For information regarding immigration, visas or working and studying in Manitoba, please contact the Canadian consulate in your country or Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The College does not provide information or assistance with immigration matters. Click here for more information.
The above documents must be received by the College as one complete package. If any documents arrive separately they will be discarded. A file will be opened for you once we have received all of the above items.

Additional Documents

For an application to be considered complete and brought forward for assessment, the following additional documents are required:
  1. Advisory report from National Nursing Assessment Service – NNAS will send a report to the College on your behalf.

  2. Criminal Record Check – you will need to undergo a nation-wide criminal record check that includes a vulnerable sector search. The criminal record check must be current within six months of the date of the application. Please ensure all current and former names (if applicable) are shown on the criminal record check. You must provide a criminal record check from any country, including Canada, in which you resided within the previous six months. This process may include submitting fingerprints. Once the criminal record check has been completed you must send the College the original copy. The criminal record check is valid for one year from the date it was issued. Faxes, photocopies and scanned copies will not be accepted.
The additional documents listed above will only be accepted by the College once a file has been opened for you. Documents received before a file is opened for you will be discarded.

Note: Applicants who wrote the June 2006 licensure examination in the Philippines must provide proof of having successfully completed the special voluntary examination, which was authorized by the Philippine Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE), Parts III (3) and V (5). Successful completion is the achievement of a score of 75% or better on these sections. If an applicant has not written the special voluntary examination or cannot provide proof of such, they may not be considered as an applicant for registration.

Assessment and Exam Writing

In the event that there are inconsistencies in any of the information that is provided to the College during the application process, we reserve the right to require that additional supporting documentation be provided. This means you may have to provide information not listed above. The College may make improvements or changes to the information described at any time without notice.

After we have received the registration requirements outlined above, your application will be considered complete and assessment will begin. Your application will be assessed for evidence of competence to practice that is substantially equivalent to the competencies required of registered nurses in Manitoba.

Assessment of Nursing Education – College policy states: Applicants who successfully completed post-secondary registered nursing education outside of Canada are eligible for referral to undergo a clinical competence assessment if there is evidence of:
  • A minimum of two years of post-secondary nursing education that includes theoretical instruction along the health continuum and which includes providing care to people of all ages, genders, in a variety of settings; and
  • The nursing program included a minimum of 1,450 clinical practice hours (not including laboratory or clinical simulation) as per the Standards for Nursing Education Programs; or
  • The nursing program included a number of clinical practice hours (not including laboratory or clinical simulation) that, when combined with the applicant’s verified RN practice hours post-graduation, equal a minimum of 1,450 hours.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements set out above, are not eligible to undergo a clinical competence assessment.

You will be notified when you are eligible to apply to write the national registered nurse exam. You must write and pass the national exam in order to be eligible to apply for registration in Manitoba. Applicants who have already written and passed the NCLEX-RN exam will not be required to re-write the exam.

If all the requirements listed above are not received within six months from the date a file is opened, the file will be closed. You will need to begin the application process over if you still wish to pursue registration in Manitoba.

Questions? Please contact us:
Telephone: 204-774-3477 ext 300
Toll free (Manitoba only): 800-665-2027 ext 300
Fax: 204-775-7117
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