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Canadian Nurse Practitioner Examination: Family/All Ages (CNPE:F/AA)




As a result of the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the May 6, 2020, writing of the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Examination (CNPE) has been canceled. At this time, we expect that the October 14th date will continue as planned. Anticipating an increase in the number of candidates writing the October 14th CNPE, Canadian nursing regulatory bodies are working with the examination provider to be prepared.


Candidates who applied for the May 6th examination will receive communication from their regulatory body on the process to write on October 14, 2020.


We thank all nurses for their professional dedication during this challenging time.



CNPE Dates




Fall Session: October 14



The purpose of the CNPE:F/AA is to protect the public by ensuring that the entry-level nurse practitioner, working in a family/all ages context, possesses the competencies required to practise safely and effectively.


The implementation of the competencies from the 2015 Practice Analysis: Study of Nurse Practitioners required that a new blueprint be developed for the CNPE:F/AA. The new blueprint was implemented in May 2018. See below for more information and links to the blueprint, the new online prep tool, and the candidate examination handbook.



The primary function of the CNPE:F/AA Blueprint is to describe how the exam is developed. Specifically, this Blueprint provides explicit instructions and guidelines on how the competencies (i.e., knowledge, skills, attributes, and judgments) are to be expressed within the examination to enable accurate decisions to be made on a candidate's readiness to practise safely, effectively, and ethically. It also contains the technical specifications used to guide the development of the examination and helps candidates preparing to take the CNPE:F/AA. The Blueprint can be accessed online in English or French.


Prep Tool

The new CNPE:F/AA Prep Tool is now available for candidates. Click here to go to the YAS CNPE:F/AA Prep Tool page. This is an optional resource that candidates can purchase to help them prepare to take the CNPE:F/AA. The Prep Tool consists of two parts: documents containing information to help candidates prepare to take the exam and an 80-question online practice test. After completing the online practice test, the candidate is provided with a scorecard which includes the rationale and the reference for each item on the test. The new CNPE:F/AA Prep Tool is available to purchase from YAS for $85.00.


Candidate Examination Handbook

The handbook provides candidates with information regarding procedures and policies relates to the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Examination: Family/All Ages (CNPE: F/AA). It describes processes that guide candidates on what they need to do before the exam, during the exam, and following the exam. Click here to go to the Candidate Examination Handbook.


Effective October 2018, the examination will be computer based and delivered with the Yardstick Assessment Strategies test centre network and examination software.






For all other questions related to the CNPE:F/AA, contact your Canadian provincial/territorial regulatory body.



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