Initial Exam Fees

Initial Exam Fees

CNA member fee Non-member fee2
Exam application fee $5701 $7561
Exam writing appointment fee (ProctorU or Pearson VUE) $105 $105
Exam rewrite3 $3651 $4841

Applicable taxes will be added to the above fees.

1 These fees include a non-refundable administrative fee of $125.

2 Member rate is available to nurses who have purchased a CNA membership.

3 Certification candidates whose previous exam results were unsuccessful are eligible for a reduced rewrite fee (valid for the next two calendar years).

Booking your exam

There are two exam-writing options available. You can write at home with a proctor via ProctorU or at a test centre with Pearson VUE.

In addition to the exam application fee, there is an appointment exam booking fee ($105 + applicable taxes). The booking fee goes directly to ProctorU or Pearson VUE to cover their costs of delivering the exams across Canada. The CNA certification exams are delivered through these networks, giving you greater scheduling flexibility by offering a two-week testing window.

Application fee discounts

Group incentive discount

If you are writing an initial nursing certification exam or renewing your nursing certification by exam or continuous learning hours, you might be interested in forming a group to get a discount:

  • 10-29 applicants receive a 10% discount
  • 30 or more applicants receive a 20% discount

Process

  1. A contact person provides CNA with a list of group participants. The contact person must have received consent from the applicants to share their contact information with CNA.
  2. CNA will check the list against its list of applications that have been submitted during the two application windows (applicable for same-year application windows only).
  3. At the end of the second exam window (i.e., end of December) individual refunds will be processed, provided the minimum number of applications has been met.

Discount rules

  • Only one voucher can be used per application
  • All vouchers have an expiry date

Financial support

Please see the Financial Support section for more information regarding funding opportunities.