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Each provincial and territorial nursing regulatory body in Canada is responsible for ensuring that the individuals it registers as nurses meet an acceptable level of competence before beginning to practise.
The level of competence of registered nurses in all provinces and territories is measured, in part, by an entry-to-practice RN exam. Until 2015, the provincial and territorial nursing regulatory authorities (except Quebec) will continue to administer and determine candidates’ eligibility to write CNA’s exam, known as the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE). Starting in 2015, these provincial and territorial regulatory bodies will introduce a new RN entry-to-practice exam developed by NCSBN, called the NCLEX-RN.