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Application Package and Instructions

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 internationally educated applicants to Canada must first apply to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). For more information, please visit www.nnas.ca.

Once your NNAS advisory report has been generated, you can begin the application process in Manitoba. The first step is to open a file.  To open a file you will need to submit the following 4 requirements together and at the same time:

  1. The internationally educated nurse application form
  2. Application fee: $483.00 CAD
  3. Clinical Competence Assessment (CCA) fee: $336.00 CAD
  4. Copy of valid photo identification

For more information about the above requirements, please consult the IEN handbook.

Confirmation and additional documents

Confirmation message

Registration staff will review the requirements that you submitted to open a file and once a file is officially opened, you will receive a confirmation email from registration services. This process can take up to 10 business days. Please check your junk folder in case the email is filed there. The purpose of the confirmation email is to let you know that your application was received, a file was opened and will outline the additional documents needed to complete your file.

Additional Documents

Additional required documents include:

  1. Advisory report generated by NNAS (will be obtained by the College once you have opened a file with the College)
  2. Background checks
  3. Evidence of English language proficiency

Please be advised that the College reserves the right to ask for any other documentation required to properly complete the assessment of your application. For more details, please see the IEN Handbook.

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

The College will review your file when it  is complete and all required documents have been received

We try to complete the review within 10 business days of file completion, but this can be affected by demand for service in the department. Sometimes more information is required as part of the review of your file; the review time can be affected if there is a need to follow up with educational institutions, other regulatory bodies or employers on the information that they provided on your behalf.

Review for Education Comparability

In keeping with the College policy AA-7, nursing education comparability will be determined if there is evidence of:

  1. post-secondary nursing education that prepares the nurse for a generalist role in situations of health and illness, along the health continuum and includes providing care across the lifespan (to people of all ages), to all genders, and across diverse practice settings, and
  2. the theoretical instruction was accompanied by clinical practice placements which included provision of direct care in all applicable settings

If comparability has been determined, you are eligible to continue in the application process and  will be referred for a Clinical Competence Assessment (CCA). Applicants who also meet the additional criteria outlined in College Policy AA-7, will be provided with the option to complete either a CCA or the full complement of courses in the Nurse Re-entry Program (NREP) at RRC Polytechnic. These additional criteria include:

  • having demonstrated meeting the English language proficiency requirement; and
  • having passed the NCLEX-RN within the four-year period immediately before the application date.

A referral from the College is required for both the CCA and the NREP.

If nursing education comparability has not been determined, you will not be referred for a CCA or the NREP and are not be eligible to continue in the application process.

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

Option A – Clinical Competence Assessment

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.

Option B – CCA or Full NREP (for qualified candidates)

Qualified applicants may also be provided with the option of completing either the CCA OR 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.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to apply to write the NCLEX-RN and for registration as a Graduate Nurse (GN). If you have previously passed the NCLEX-RN, you will be eligible to apply for RN registration.

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, or certified cheque or money order sent via Canada Post.

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

E-transfer *Please see instructions below
Certified cheque or money order By mail
Visa or Mastercard Online
Visa Debit Online

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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