Registration Examination

Individuals applying for registration in New Brunswick are required to pass the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX). The NCLEX is developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) in collaboration with Canadian RN regulatory bodies. The NCLEX measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as an entry-level registered nurse.

The NCLEX is a variable length, computerized, adaptive test and is not offered in paper-and-pencil or oral examination formats. The exam may consist of anywhere from 75 to 265 question items.

Resources and Information

Online Resources

New! Effective April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2019:

NCLEX Communiqué

Volunteer for the NCLEX Item Development Program!

We are pleased to have received a large number of qualified Canadian volunteers for item development panels and we will keep a record of all applicants. Panel selection is an ongoing process and it may be several months before volunteers hear back from NCSBN regarding participation. Thank you to those volunteers who have expressed an interest to date.

Volunteers must not have participated in exam development or related activities (for example as an invigilator, proctor or participation in exam courses or guides) within the previous 24 months.  

Canadian registered nurses can now volunteer for the NCLEX Item Development Program. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) develops the NCLEX-RN used to measure the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as an entry-level registered nurse. An important step in this process is the NCLEX Item Development program, a key component in creating and maintaining high quality examination items. The development of the NCLEX examination depends on qualified registered nurse volunteers from all jurisdictions that use the NCLEX for entry to practice.  Canadian nurses now have the opportunity to become part of this process, and contribute to the NCLEX-RN exam bank prior to the exam being offered in Canada.

By volunteering, you may be selected to participate as an item writer (RN with Master’s degree) or item reviewer (practising RNs). Some of the benefits of volunteering are:

  • Opportunity to contribute to the continued excellence in the nursing profession
  • International networking
  • Gaining experience and skill in test development

To volunteer, please visit the Exam Volunteer Opportunities page at