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Update on Exam Blueprint for CNPE


The CCRNR conducted a Canadian NP practice analysis study to provide a more comprehensive description of the entry-level knowledge, skills and abilities required for NP practice in Canada. The study included NPs in adult, pediatrics and family-all-ages streams of practice.


Following the Canadian jurisdictional consultations, the analysis of the findings revealed that NP practice is consistent across Canada and that NPs use the same competencies in their practice in all Canadian jurisdictions and across the three streams of practice included in this analysis: family/all ages, adult and pediatrics. The NP Practice Analysis was validated by approximately 1,500 NPs across Canada and indicated that the difference in NP practice lies in the patient population needs and context of practice, including age, developmental stage, health condition and complexity of clients. On August 24, 2016 consensus was reached on the final Canadian NP ELC document. Click here for more information about the NP practice analysis.


Given that the NP Practice analysis has resulted in new entry-level NP competencies and the identification of a subset of these competencies for testing purposes, the exam provider for the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Exam: Family /All Ages was provided the practice analysis test plan specifications. These test competencies are to be incorporated into a blueprint proposal for approval by CCRNR for a new exam by early 2018. Until this time, the current blueprint for the CNPE will be in effect.


CNPE Dates



Spring Session: on May 2

Fall Session: October 10


To access materials that will assist you to prepare for the examination, click on the links below that will take you to the Canadian Nurses Association website.


For all other questions related to the CNPE: Family/All Ages NP Exam, contact your Canadian provincial/territorial regulatory body.


The Canadian NP Exam: Family/All Ages Prep Guide in English and French offers nearly 80 multiple-choice questions. Plus:

  • Answers with explanations that help you learn
  • A performance profile to identify your strengths and weaknesses
  • Valuable test-taking strategies and study tips


Blueprint for the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Examination: Family/All Ages in English and French contains explicit instructions and guidelines on how the competencies (i.e., knowledge, skills, judgment and attributes) will be tested to help determine a candidate's readiness to practise.


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