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Internationally Educated Nurses (Effective September 2022)

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IEN Application Process

NNAS – The first step in your application

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.

Clinical Competence Assessment

We provide clinical competence assessments (CCA) for applicants in partnership with the University of Manitoba College of Nursing. If you were referred for a CCA, you will receive an email that explains the next steps to book your appointment.

Applying in Manitoba

After the NNAS advisory report has been generated, you are welcome to submit an application directly to the College. We will assess your application to determine if you are eligible for registration as an RN in Manitoba.

Steps to apply

Open a File

All IENs must first apply through the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). For more information, please visit www.nnas.ca. Once the NNAS advisory report has been generated, those wishing to pursue registration in Manitoba must submit an application package to the College. To open a file, you will need to submit the following items together in one complete package:

1. The internationally educated nurse application form

2. Application fee: $483.00 CAD

3. CCA Assessment fee: 336.00* CAD

4. Copy of proof of identification

5. Copy of current Canadian immigration status

Your File is Opened

Once your file is opened, you will receive a confirmation email from registration services. This can take up to 10 business days. Please check your junk folder in case the email is filed there.

The email will confirm that we received your application and will list the additional documents that we need to complete your file. Once you receive this confirmation email you can submit the other required documents. Please do not submit anything before your file is opened. We do not keep documents if there is no file open.

For more information on the additional documents required, see page 5 of the IEN Handbook.

We review your file when we have all of the required documents.

We try to review files within 10 business days of completion, but this can be affected by our workload or by the number of files we are reviewing at any given time. If more information is required as we review your file, the review process can take longer. For example, we may need to follow up with educational institutions, other regulatory bodies or employers. If all of the requirements listed above are not received within six months from the date a file is opened, your file will be closed. You will need to begin the application process over again should you wish to pursue registration in Manitoba.

Education Review

In keeping with the College policies which state: 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.
  • If after the review it has been determined that the above education requirements are met, a CCA referral will be made to the Assessment Centre on your behalf.

Clinical Competence Assessment (CCA) or Nurse Re-Entry Program (NREP)

The CCA gives you the opportunity to demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills and judgment required of an entry level RN in Manitoba.

Once you are referred for a CCA, you will receive notification by email which will include the contact information needed to schedule your CCA. You will have one year from the date of the referral to complete the CCA

For more information on the CCA, see page 8 of the IEN Handbook.

Qualified applicants may also be provided with the option of completing the full complement of courses in the Nurse Re-Entry Program will be given more specific information on timelines for enrollment and completion of the program at the time of referral. For more information about the program please visit the RRC website.

Steps to apply


Item Fee (including GST) When?
Application fee (non-refundable) $483 Due with application
Assessment fee $336 Due with application

Payment Options

Currently, fees can be paid via e-transfer, credit card over the phone, or certified cheque or money order sent via Canada Post.

Work will not begin on your application until payment has been received.

Please do not include a credit card number on your application. Once your application has been received, the College will contact you to arrange for payment.

E-transfer *Please see instructions below
Certified cheque or money order By mail
Visa or Mastercard By phone
Visa Debit Online (registration renewal only)
To pay by e-transfer*
  1. Ensure your completed application form has been submitted to the College.
  2. Create and send the e-transfer to: etransfer@crnm.mb.ca
  3. If the bank account used to make the e-transfer is listed under a name different from the name on your application, please send a second email to etransfer@crnm.mb.ca associating the name on your application to the name of the bank account used for the e-transfer. E-transfers which are not followed up with the required identification information will be rejected.

Internationally Educated Nurses in Manitoba Project

The Government of Manitoba has launched an initiative to help provide IENs already in Manitoba with financial assistance for assessment and training costs to support their goal of working in the nursing field. See the news release for more information and access the separate application form.

Please note that all questions regarding this program, which is entirely administered by the provincial government, should be directed to the Healthcare Recruitment inbox at healthrec@gov.mb.ca.


Immigration to Manitoba

Health-Care Jobs in Manitoba

Language Proficiency

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • CELBAN (Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses)
    • The College accepts CELBAN test results taken virtually or in a writing center

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