In order to practice as a Registered Nurse in Manitoba and use the designation “registered nurse”, “RN” or “graduate nurse”, “GN”, a person must register with the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM) 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 to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE) in order to be eligible to apply for registration in Manitoba.
Assessment for CRNE eligibility requires the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba to open a file for you to begin your application process. Please be advised that any documentation received before an application file has been opened and assigned an applicant number will not be retained by the College. The following 5 pieces of information must be submitted to the College as one complete package in order to open an application file:
- A completed Internationally Educated Nurse Application Form;
- The non-refundable application processing fee of $525.00 ($500.00 plus $25.00 GST) in Canadian funds. Please pay by cheque or money order (payable to the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba) or with Visa or MasterCard. If paying by credit card, you must include your credit card number, expiry date and signature on the application form. Interac/debit and cash payments are accepted at the CRNM office.
- 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);
- Results from one of the accepted language tests. If English or French is not your first language*, you must not apply until you are able to provide evidence of having achieved acceptable scores on one of the English or French language tests accepted by the College. For the purpose of opening a file, you may include a copy of the test results that you received, but must arrange for the College to receive a copy of the official results directly from the testing company within one month from the date of the application. Language fluency test results are valid for two years from the date of the test.
* English or French is only considered to be your first language if it is either:
a) The language you primarily use for reading, writing, listening and speaking and it is the language you first learned and understood in childhood
b) it is the language you primarily use for reading, writing, listening and speaking and it is the language you know best and are most comfortable with
- 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 (Canada). 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.
The above documents must be received by the College as one complete package. If any documents listed in 1 through 5 arrive separately they will not be retained by the College and will be discarded.
Following receipt of requirements 1 through 5, a file will be opened for you.
In order for an application to be considered complete and to be brought forward for assessment, the following additional documents are required:
- Verification of Documents – This verification is used to verify the authenticity of documents. You must complete and send the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) Application Form to IQAS for a basic assessment. You will need to send original transcripts of your entire educational history (including secondary education) to IQAS. IQAS will return the original documents to you. If midwifery/ obstetrics and/ or psychiatric/ mental health courses were completed following your basic program, you must send these transcripts (originals) as well. IQAS must mail the competed assessment directly to the College. We suggest that you initiate the IQAS assessment as soon as possible as it can take several weeks for the assessment to be completed. For more information visit http://employment.alberta.ca/immigration/4512.html;
- Criminal Record Check – you will need to undergo a nationwide 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; ;
- Verification of Registration – complete the upper portion of the Request for Verification of Registration form and send it to the licensing authority in the country/ province/ state where you were first registered and the licensing authorities in all countries, provinces or states where you have been registered within the past seven years. Please make copies of the form so that you have enough to send away. The jurisdictions must complete the forms and must return them directly to CRNM. Verifications of Registration are valid for one year from the date they were completed or sooner if an expiry date is indicated on the verification form. Faxes, photocopies and scanned copies will not be accepted;
- Verification of Practice Hours – complete the upper portion of the Verification of Practice hours form and send it to all of the employers for whom you worked as a registered nurse during the past five years. Please make copies of the form so that you have enough to send away. The employers must complete the forms and must return them directly to CRNM. Faxes, photocopies and scanned copies will not be accepted;
- Assessment of Nursing Education – In keeping with CRNM policies which state: Post-secondary registered nursing education completed outside of Canada will be deemed to be substantially equivalent (subject to a clinical competence assessment) to a nursing education program offered in Manitoba if there is evidence of:
complete the upper portion of the Basic Nursing Education Request for Transcript form and send it to the school where you received your basic nursing education. If midwifery/ obstetrics and/ or psychiatric/ mental health courses were completed following the basic program, you must also send a copy of this form to the school where you completed these courses. The schools must complete the forms, provide a transcript(s), and send them directly to CRNM; and
- A minimum of two years of post-secondary nursing education which meets the requirements set out in the standards for education programs. The program includes theoretical instruction along the health continuum, which includes providing care to people of all ages, genders, in a variety of settings; and
- A minimum of 1450 clinical practice hours (not including laboratory or clinical simulation), or
- A minimum of 1000 clinical practice hours (not including laboratory or clinical simulation) plus a minimum of 450 hours of verified post-licensure RN work experience
- Documentation of Registered Nursing Experience and Practice – If you have practiced as a nurse, complete this form to provide information regarding your current and previous nursing practice by documenting all of your registered nursing experience and practice since you graduated from your nursing program. Please provide as much detail as possible.
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 not be retained by the College and will be discarded.
In the event that there are inconsistencies in any of the information that is provided to the College during the application process, the College reserves the right to require that additional supporting documentation be provided. This may result in your having to arrange for the College to receive information over and above that which is outlined above. CRNM may make improvements or changes to the information described at any time without notice.
Following receipt of 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. If competency to practice cannot be determined from your documents, you will be referred for a Competence Assessment at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
You will be notified when you are eligible to apply to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE). You must write and pass the CRNE in order to be eligible to apply for registration with CRNM.
If all the requirements listed above are not received within one year from the date a file is opened, the file will be closed. The applicant will need to begin the application process over again should they wish to pursue registration in Manitoba.