NB New Graduates

Emergency Temporary Registration

Visit the Registration Information page for information on emergency temporary registration for former nurses or nurse practitioners, and nurses registered in other provinces who wish to assist with the pandemic response.

Impact of COVID-19 on application and exam process

Updated information for applicants and students can be found on the Registration Information page.

In order to become registered to practise as a registered nurse in New Brunswick for the first time, graduates of  NB nursing education programs must meet the initial registration requirements which include writing and passing the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX). The NCLEX is administered by Pearson VUE, an international testing company.

Graduates from other provinces, please contact Registration Services.

Application for Registration with NANB

NANB will send your NCLEX results by email.  Please ensure that NANB has your current email address. 

  1. Complete the NANB online Application for Registration form. 
    PLEASE NOTE: The online application for the 2020 NCLEX opens February 24th, 2020.
    ** First time writers only **
  2. Pay the NANB processing fee byVisa, MasterCard, or Debit online.
  3. Submit proof of legal name: birth certificate and marriage certificate (if applicable). Only original documents or copies certified by a Notary Public (lawyer) will be accepted. Originals will be returned by mail.
  4. Submit a current criminal record check through CSI Screening. Log on to www.csiscreening.com, complete the Canadian Criminal Record Check and indicate “NANB” as the company. Criminal record checks are valid for 6 months from the date of issue.
  5. Complete the Jurisprudence module found under your “My Profile” account on the NANB website. You will need to complete the module before being eligible to receive a temporary registration and work as a Graduate Nurse.
  6. Upon successful completion of nursing program, request an official final school transcript be sent to NANB. NCLEX results will not be released without receipt of this transcript.

Once a graduate has been issued a Temporary Registration, they must become registered by paying the registration fee upon passing the NCLEX.

Apply to Pearson VUE to take NCLEX

  1. NANB advises Pearson VUE of a graduate’s eligibility to take the NCLEX  upon confirmation of program completion from the Dean/Director of the school of nursing.
  2. Register and create a web account with PearsonVUE at www.pearsonvue.com and pay the exam fee.
  3. Schedule an appointment with Pearson VUE to take the exam after receipt of the authorization to test (ATT) from Pearson VUE .


The NCLEX will be offered in Fredericton:

  • January 29-February 1, 2020
  • July 8-15, 2020 (may be extended to July 23, if initial dates fill up)
  • October 21-27, 2020

The NCLEX  is available at other writing centers outside of the province on an ongoing basis.

Testing Accommodation

In order to receive instructions on how to proceed with a request for testing accommodation, NANB must be contacted at least four months prior to writing the NCLEX.

Temporary Registration

NANB will issue an initial six-month temporary registration permit (TRPs) once you have applied to NANB, have paid the temporary registration fee ($50 +HST =$57.50) and are scheduled to write the NCLEX through Pearson VUE within the first six months of graduation.

TRPs can be renewed for periods of six months (up to a total of 24 months after graduation), if the following requirements are met:

1. Application for TRP is completed and fee remitted to NANB;

2. Applicant has written the NCLEX at least once during the previous six-month period;  and

3. Applicant is scheduled to write the NCLEX within the following six-month period.

Temporary registration is required to begin orientation and work as a graduate nurse.  If a temporary registration has been issued, registration can only be obtained by paying NANB’s registration fee upon successfully completing the NCLEX.

If initial registration with NANB is a non-practising membership (ex: if you do not intent to practice before being successful with the NCLEX), no temporary registration will be issued. It is illegal to practise nursing without a valid registration in New Brunswick.

NANB initial TRP processing fee (X1) $57.50
NANB 6 months TRP fee (renewable every 6 months) $50 + HST ($57.50 per 6-month TRP)
NCLEX exam fee $360.00 (paid to Pearson VUE)
NANB registration fee Fee Schedule