Thank you for letting us know about the national nurse assessment services. I want to be a nurse in Canada. When should I register with the NNAS?
This is a great question, one I have not been asked as yet. Let me ask another one: should everyone, IENs, rush out to register with NNAS?
Well that depends on a couple of things:
- Do you have an acceptable score on an English Proficiency Exam?
- Do you have a seat for the CELBAN in the next six months?
- Are you protected from falling into the CELBAN Trap?
- Is money a limited resource?
Why do I ask these questions?
Basically, the process of becoming an LPN/RPN/RN in Canada has not changes. What has changes in the steam lining of the assessment process, which is the first step of determining your qualifications in order to create an NNAS Advisory Report for the provincial college of nursing to determine what your next steps are to becoming a nurse in Canada.
What that means is that while the assessment process is streamlined, it is still going to take you time to get an acceptable score on the Academic Version of the IELTS or on the CELBAN. If you have a scores of 7 on the IELTS it will be easier and take you less time to prepare for the CELBAN (3-6 months) but if you have a 5 or 6 it will take you longer (6-12 months). (NNAS Language Proficiency Scores)
And your application with NNAS will expire after one year!
After one year you will be required to pay $180 to have your application re-activated. (NNAS Fees Schedule). This will happen when your assessment has not been competed and an NNAS report has not been written because you have not been able to submit the required documents, including your English Proficiency Score.
English Proficiency scores will expire after two years!
If your application has been reviewed, and the assessment completed, with the creation of the NNAS Report, that report will expire after two years, so you will have two years to complete the requirements as outlined by the provincial college of nursing to which you are applying.
What this means is that if you are not ready and prepared to take the CELBAN, then not only are you liable to fall into the CELBAN Trap, you are liable to fall into the NNAS trap: having to pay $180 to re-activate your application being unable to provide an adequate score on the English exam.
So, M, I come back to the question, “When should you register with NNAS?” There are several ways you can save yourself $180, and from falling into the NNAS Trap, by choosing your time wisely.
WHEN SHOULD YOU REGISTER WITH NNAS?
- Have an acceptable score on the IELTS Academic Version or CELBAN, or
- Are certain you will NOT fall into the CELBAN Trap because you have prepared, and you have an exam date within the next six months.
When should you NOT register with NNAS?
- When you do not have an acceptable score on the CELBAN or IELTS Academic Version.
- When you do not have time to prepare for the exam.
- When you do not have a seat for the exam in the next six months.
- When you do not have $180 to throw away.
- When you are in danger of falling into the CELBAN Trap.
Please be wise in making decisions about your career. Explore the predictive factors that will determine whether you will fall into the CELBAN Trap, or not. Protect yourself from falling into the trap. Prepare for the IELTS or CELBAN, which ever you choose.
Avoid the CELBAN Trap; take the CELBAN only when you are confident you will pass.
If you are still confused, please write a comment so I can clarify things for you. There are probably many other IENs with the same question. KK