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NNAS: Requirements, Fees, Application Timeline,FAQ etc by Idowu Olabode : May 29, 2016, 09:25:18 PM
Thinking of starting your application for nursing licensure in any Canadian Province? NNAS is your first point of call. The National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) is the organization that all internationally educated registered nurses must apply to for evaluation of their initial nursing education before applying for registration in any province or territory in Canada. There is no national registration/licensure process for nurses in Canada. Each province has its own regulatory body and assessment process. For a list of all nursing boards in each Province check How to Become a Registered Nurse in Canada

Note that this post is part of the Comprehensive Guide on how to become a registered nurse in Canada found in the link above.

NNAS has three roles:
•To verify credentials for internationally educated nurses;
•To compare these credentials to Canadian standards;
•To provide a secure, centralized electronic repository for the nurse’s education and registration credentials.


-Go to and select the Apply/Login link
-Click on Create an account just below the login button
-Read Terms and Conditions of the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS)
-Provide your email address and answer 3 security questions
-Agree to the online consent request
-Enter security code sent to your email address
-Create a new Password

Once you start to enter information for a new application, you can stop and logout of your account at any time. Your information will be saved, and you can return later to continue.Enter information in all the screens and add your credit card payment information to complete the online application process.
After 24-48 hours, you will receive your new NNAS ID number in a welcome email. This will allow you to print all the forms required for your NNAS application

Required Forms and Documents

Nursing Education q

Download and print the Nursing Education Form, including Part B: “Nursing Education Information” and Part C: “Identification of Official” from your online account. You should send this form to your nursing school to be filled and couriered with copies of your academic records/transcripts, nursing
program curriculum/course descriptions, and/or course syllabi to NNAS. It is important to have your nursing school official write details about the curriculum and as it is upon this that your advisory report is issued.
 The transcript, curriculum/course description should be in official envelop with the unbroken stamp/seal of your school and must be sent directly by your training school.

Note: The documents must be sent in an envelope with the organizations name, return address and seal/stamp.

Nursing Registration Form

Download and print the Nursing Registration Form, including Part B: “Nursing Examination and Registration Information” and Part C: “Identification of Official” from your online account. Send it to the nursing board/regulatory agencies where you have held/holding registration whether active or not. The Nursing board or agency will complete the applicaton and send it DIRECTLY to NNAS.

Nursing Practice/Employment Form

Download and print the Nursing Practice/Employment Form, including Part B: “Employer Information” and Part C: “Identification of Employer Supervisor” from your online account.

Send a Nursing Practice/Employment Form to each nursing employer you worked for in each of the last 5 calendar years starting with YEAR 1 as the current year. The forms must be completed by the official authorized to provide your nursing employment information. Ask them to complete the forms and send them directly to NNAS by mail or courier

Proof of Identity documents

You must submit notarized, certified true copies of two forms  of identification (ID) cards which contain your signature  at least one of these must contain a photo and must be current (non-expired)  Examples of acceptable photo I.D. are: International passport,driver’s license
other forms of government-issued ID,birth certificate, legal name change affidavit ,marriage certificate or divorce decree.

A notarized copy must include the following:

•    The signature and seal of the notary public, along with their address and phone number, in case NNAS has to contact them and must be dated.
•   A written statement that the notary has seen the originals, made the copies, and is certifying that they are true copies of original documents.

Note: Ensure that your legal name on your passport, government issued identification, driver’s license and\marriage certificate, education, employment, and other legal documents is exactly the same as on your NNAS application. If not, you must include additional documents to explain the discrepancy, such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree

Proof of Language Proficiency documents

If your first language is not French or English, you will be required to take a language proficiency test. You will however be exempted;

•   If the primary language where you live and work is English or French AND if your nursing education program language of instruction, for both theory and clinical was in English or French
•   If you can show evidence of safe practice within the last two years of working as a nurse, where services were provided in English or French  and where the primary language of the practice setting and clients was English or French

The 3 acceptable Language proficiency test are:
•   Academic version of International English Language Testing System
•   Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses
•   Test d’Évaluation de Français

The minimum (lowest acceptable) scores for the language tests are:

IELTS:  Academic format - speaking 7, listening 7.5, reading 6.5, writing 7, overall 7
CELBAN: speaking 8, listening 10, reading 8, writing 7
TEF: speaking 5, listening 5, reading 4, writing 4, vocabulary 4

Note:  Testing must be current, with successful results that are no older than 6 months at the time you apply to NNAS


Main Application $650: This is for one category of nursing and covers the issuance of advisory report to one Province. Note that your main application with NNAS is only valid for 12 months.

Advisory Report to another Province$55: For instance if you choose 2 Provinces during your application, you will pay for the main application and additional $55 for the second province chosen.

Evaluation for different nursing group $220: If for instance you decide to get report for RPN after initially been evaluated for RN, then you will need to pay $220 as additional charge. Note however that you will receive a discount if you choose to be evaluated on a different nursing category if your main application has not been closed.
Reactivation of Main application $180
Documents Translation:  $85 per page
Appeals to NNAS, (refundable if appeal is successful) $500

NNAS Processing Time: People who have passed through NNAS said they received their reports between 4-6 months after submission of ALL their documents.


By Mail

P. O. Box 8658
Philadelphia, PA 19101-8658

3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651

Phone number: 1-855-977-1898

NNAS Website:
NNAS Customer Care: +1-855-977-1898
(If toll free is not available): +1-215-349-9370
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 8658, Philadelphia, PA 19101- 8658, USA

Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs)
Phone Toll Free: (855) 977-1898
(If toll free is not available): +1-215-349-9370

Before you begin your application, you should read the NNAS Handbook

Re: NNAS: Requirements, Fees, Application Timeline,FAQ etc by ano : July 04, 2016, 04:36:41 PM
hi. thanks for the info. please I want to know if Nigerians require ielts ? thanks

Re: NNAS: Requirements, Fees, Application Timeline,FAQ etc by Idowu Olabode : July 06, 2016, 04:22:03 PM
Yes, English language proficiency test score  is needed from Nigerians

Re: NNAS: Requirements, Fees, Application Timeline,FAQ etc by Ope : October 26, 2016, 09:49:47 AM
Thanks for the information.
But if my education is all in English, would I still need to do Ielts for registration?... Because you wrote it up there that this can be exempted if you're taking was delivered in English language...

NNAS forms not downloading by Anu Roshan : November 19, 2016, 07:13:32 PM
I am not able to download the Employment forms . After filling the necessary information in the employment section that form is not being saved . Please help

Re: NNAS: Requirements, Fees, Application Timeline,FAQ etc by pg : November 20, 2016, 03:41:39 PM
Have you paid. Because I once registered to see how the forms look like but was not able to because I have to pay before having access to forms.

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