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Coming in 2023: New Registration Process Will Remove Delays and Improve Pathways For Internationally Educated Nurses

Jan. 10, 2023

In early 2023, the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA), in partnership with regulators will pilot a new registration process for internationally educated nurses (IENs) aimed at eliminating months – or even years – from the application journey. In Alberta, the streamlined process will reduce barriers and delays through the following.

Introducing More Options for Completing a Credential Evaluation

If a nurse is educated outside of Canada, their education needs to be authenticated through a credential evaluation as part of the registration process. In 2023, IENs can seek a credential evaluation from a growing list of agencies. National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) advisory reports will continue to be accepted but will not be required. Approved agencies will include:

  • The Canadian branch of World Education Service (WES)
  • Comparative Education Service (CES)
  • ICAS International Credential Assessment Service
  • International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)

Credential reviews already completed for immigration purposes will be accepted once upgraded by the credentialing agency. More information on upgrading a credentialling report will be available in 2023. 

An Updated Approach to Assessing English Language Proficiency

An updated, evidence-based approach to English language assessment will include the use of updated language testing benchmarks and will allow applicants to provide alternate forms of evidence to demonstrate language proficiency. 

One Stop for Assessments

Right now, the CRNA needs to make assessments at different points in the application process involving different organizations, forms and fees. It’s complicated and can cause delays. In the future, the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) will assess education, English language proficiency and nursing competency all before the CRNA assesses an application. Having the assessments completed at one time, by one organization, will simplify the process for applicants.

Providing Pathways to Multiple Health Care Roles

In Alberta, internationally educated applicants will be able to have their nursing skills measured against the competencies required for three professions – registered nurse, licensed practical nurse and health care aide – so they can enter the health-care workforce in the role that matches their current nursing competence sooner.

Are You an Internationally Educated Nurse Planning On Applying For Registration In Alberta?

The new registration process will be available in mid 2023. In the meantime, we encourage you to: