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๐ŸŒท CELBAN Preparation in the ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ US, the ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งUK, and ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia

Written 2021

Dear Friends,

Recently, I updated all the posts about information about the CELBAN, CELBAN skill development programs, and online CELBAN Preparation courses. 

What I realized, is that although so many people come to Dear Kim to learn about the CELBAN and CELBAN preparation:

  • Only one IEN wrote me from the US, asking me about the LPN process. 
  • And, only one wrote to me asking how to prepare for the CELBAN from the UK.

So, despite the 400 articles, none answer questions for people located in the USA! 

Only one was written for IENs in the UK! 

I am about to change that!

First, we will explore:

  • Over a Quarter of a Million People have come to Kim @ CELBANPrep!
  • Internationally Educated Nurses in the USA, UK, and Australia

Then we will consider the following variables:

  1. Were you educated in the medical field in the US? (the UK? Australia?)
  2. Are you a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Nurse?
  3. When should I apply for NNAS?
  4. How can I prepare for the CELBAN while in the US of A?
  5. What can you tell me about the CELBAN Books.
  6. What can you tell me about CELBANPrepโ€™s online Preparation Courses?

Let us begin by exploring who has come to CELBANPrep for help!

Over a Quarter of a Million People have come to Kim @ CELBANPrep!

Since the inception of Dear Kim, in 2012, there have been over a quarter of a million views of my blog. 326, 550 views in Canada alone! Astounding.

And in that time, 12 000 views have originated in the United States:

  • Almost 1000 views in the last year,
  • 250 in 2021,
  • 150 in the last 90 days.

Not only that, 1500 views originated in the UK!

What is remarkable to me is that because Dear Kim has been both organic and responsive (IENs send messages to me and I write the reply, and post them there) I have not gone into the stats, nor have I specifically created a list of topics to write about and dates to publish them.

With the announcement of the CELBAN being available online, I was just updating the posts about CELBAN Preparation also being available online. (I had to update the posts I wrote back in 2018.)

While the information in those links is valuable for you, in the US, and while the https://dear-kim.com/tag/celban-preparation-internationally/ tag is also helpful: there is more specific information for people preparing for the CELBAN in the United States of America and other English speaking nations.

Internationally Educated Nurses in the USA, UK and Australia

Internationally Educated Nurses in the USA, UK, and Australia

There is a lot to be said about IENs in the USA because there is so much variation!

And,  the education system in Canada is very much a learner-centered system. 

So, that means that there isnโ€™t just one answer for everyone in the US or Australia and the UK for that matter.

Just because you are in an English-speaking country does not mean that you do not have to go through the process created in Canada for Internationally Educated Nurses.

There is a sorting-out process when it comes to your education. 

Were you educated in the medical field in the US? (the UK? Australia?)

If you were educated in the medical field in the US (the UK or Australia) the process is different for you as compared to the nurses who are living in the US (the UK or Australia) but have been educated in the Philippines, India, or elsewhere.

That is important to know. Because the answer to this question determines whether or not you have to take the English proficiency exam: either the CELBAN or the IELTS.

  • I have a friend who is a Labour and Delivery Nurse, living here in Canada. She is from Texas. She had to go through the entire IEN process, but she was not required to take the English exam.
  • I was teaching a nurse, who lived in the US, who told me that even though she had passed the NCLEX, and was an RN, she still had to provide the results from her English proficiency exam.
  • I have been teaching an IEN that was born in Canada, but her family left when she was 5 years old. She became an LPN in South America and returned to Canada as an Adult. She is required to provide the results of her English proficiency exam.

It is the provincial Colleges of Nursing, through the National Nursing Assessment Services, that determine whether or not you need to take the CELBAN or IELTS as an English test. 

Are you a Registered Nurse or Licensed Nurse?

This is another discerning question.

If you are an RN or LPN practicing in the US (the UK or Australia) your process in applying for a license in Canada will be different as compared to an Internationally Educated Nurse from say India or the Philippines who like many IENs in Canada have not completed the licensure process, and are working as Health Care aids or some other unlicenced profession or field.

When should I apply for NNAS?

That is why, for IENs from the US, the answer to this question is, โ€œIt depends.โ€

  • It depends on where your medical training occurred.
  • It depends on where you are licensed to practice as a nurse.
  • It depends on where you were born.

If you were both born and educated and licensed in an English-speaking nation (the US, the UK, Australia) then the English proficiency exam may not be required. It is only when you apply to NNAS that you will discover if you, as an individual, are required to take an English exam. To you I would say, apply to NNAS first to discover your steps and procedure.


If you were educated and licensed outside of the US, the UK, or Australiaโ€ฆ.

If you do not have a license to practice medicine in the US, the UK, or Australiaโ€ฆ.

Take the CELBAN first. 

Get your score. 

Find out whether or not you can get the required score. Get your report with the feedback for speaking and writing. And if necessary, develop your skills so that you can get the required score.

This will save you time, money, and a great deal of stress. 

How can I prepare for the CELBAN while in the US of A?

That is where CELBANPrep comes in. 

Once you have determined or discovered that you have to provide English test results, and have decided to explore the CELBAN, there are several options.

First, read the posts written to people living in other countries outside of Canada. (This post is clearly laid out.)

Then, decide what you are looking for, and how much are you willing to spend. 

Do you want books or courses?

What can you tell me about the CELBAN Books?

There are two types of books available on Amazon, through CELBANPrep Publishing: 

Preparation Guides (Paperbacks โ€“ Sept. 8 2021)

  • CELBAN Writing Preparation Guide: Healer Master the CELBAN 
  • CELBAN Speaking Preparation Guide: Healer Conquer the CELBAN 
  • CELBAN Reading Preparation Guide: Healer Discover the CELBAN 
  • CELBAN Listening Preparation Guide: Healer Explore the CELBAN 

Grammar Essentials (Paperback โ€“ Sept. 20 2021)

  • Nouns & Articles (Book 1 of 3) 
  • Verbs & Verbals (Book 2 of 3) 
  • Punctuation (Book 3 of 3) 

These guides and volumes are available through the following national Amazon sites:

Tell me about the CELBAN courses?

At CELBANPrep University, we have several options, depending on your need. 

  1. Are you looking for INFORMATION about the CELBAN, and the ability to assess where you are at when it comes to the exam? 
  2. Do you want MATERIAL to develop your skills and competencies when it comes to reading, writing, listening, and speaking? 
  3. Do you want advanced CELBAN preparation COURSES, so that you can PREPARE for the Canadian Workplace by focusing on professional development?

Because, at CELBANPrep University we have 3 levels/3 bundles:

  1. level 1 CELBANPrep Bronze has INFORMATION on how to prepare for the CELBAN.
  2. level 2 โ€“ CELBANPrep Silver provides intermediate SKILL DEVELOPMENT training programs.
  3. level 3 โ€“ CELBANPrep GOLD with PREPARATION COURSES for advanced professional development skills.

It took time, but now CELBANPrep University has the most extensive library of resources available to you, at various price points, to assist you in preparing for the CELBAN no matter where you are in the world and how much you can afford at this time. 

At the end of the day

At the end of the day, that is why it was both important and necessary to address the needs of Internationally Educated Nurses residing in the US (the UK and Australia). Being English speaking nations, the process for you as an IEN is different.

And just because you are living in an English speaking nation does not mean that you get to skip the IEN process.

The process for every IEN, because Canada is so student-centred, is different. It is the same with patient-centred care in the hospitals. The more you understand the significance of student-centred learning the better you understand the Canadian education and medical systems, the better you understand the CELBAN.

I hope this article helps you, your friends, and your family members living cross the US, in the UK, and/or in Australia have a better understanding of the process of becoming a nurse in Canada, and how to prepare for the CELBAN through CELBANPrep.



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CELBAN Preparation in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel and Internationally

Updated 2021


Hello, Dear Kim! I’ve never met you, but your words touched my heart deeply! I know that the immigration process isn’t easy, I am going to pass it one more time. The first my time wasย  from Bulgaria to Israel in 1997,we were a young family with two little children, without money,language, suitable professions. Now we are more clever, because of our age and experience, we have good professions, my husband is a pastry chef, both our children grew ,aged 23 and 19 and recently they have helped us to make the decision to immigrate again. Living in Canada is an old our dream, unfortunately it was not possible to realise for several reasons. Now I prepare both language,ย  English – I passed the IELTS exam with the scores:7, 5.5, 4.5 and 4.5, accordingly in speaking, writing, listening and reading and French, that I’ve learned at the high school and recently with a private teacher. I want to pass the CELBAN exam as soon as possible in order to achieve the required scores to my nursing license. Despite my aged, 47, I am full energy to bring my family to our deemed country, Canada. Tank you for your inspiring in me, I hope we will continue to be in touch. Have a nice day, Kim! Sincerely yours, I

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๐Ÿ“‹CELBAN Preparation in ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore, ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong, SAR and Internationally

Updated 2021


Dear Kim,

Hi, my apology if i haven’t get back to you right away, quite busy these days. By the way, i’m from the philippines and a registered nurse there. However, I ‘m currently working in singapore as an enrolled nurse. and i’m processing my papers to migrate in canada unfortunately, the visa application has been hold.

Anyway, before stepping into canada i am doing research on how to apply as a registered nurse. IELTS is one of the requirements and actually I have tried many times in academic for ielts but i can’t make it and there is an option which is the CELBAN ( hope this will suit me).

I hope I can gain some information about this coz i don’t have any idea on this and will pass the exam on the appointed time.

Thanks for having this program for free. God bless



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๐Ÿ“‹ #4 CELBAN Preparation in Dubai ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช UAE, ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Qatar, ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saudi Arabia and Internationally

Updated 2023

Dear Kim,
Good morning. ..Thank you very much for the reply regarding CELBAN.
I am currently residing in Abudhabi, U.A.E since last 8yrs, working as Registered Nurse in OR, in one the reputed hospitals in U.A.E.
Basically l am from the Southern  part of India, Kerala. I hold the Canadian PR from 2010.But I stayed there in CA, only for a sum of 2-3 months.Actually Abudhabi is my first stop outside India.

I tried IELTS few times,after having the coaching class in India in 2004.Recently I received an IELTS score of overall 7.0(L-7.5, R-6.5, W-7,S-6.5).Unfortunately for CNO, they need a 7.0 band in speaking.

I will be relocated in March.I successfully completed the CRNE.[Now the NCLEX is required.]  For the process of registration completion, l need either IELTS/CELBAN.

I have done the free self assessment for the CELBAN, (R-8 and L-9).So I need further assistance in CELBAN preparation. How can I register myself for the CELBAN prep? Is there any form to be filled out?
I need a positive reply before the offer expires.

Thank you again and expecting a reply as early as possible.

With regards, L

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CELBANPrep Available in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต and 100 Countries!!!

Update 2021

Dear Friends,

Did you know that since 2009 CELBANPrep has been available, in Japan and 100 other countries?

If you are in Japan, considering taking the CELBAN so that you can become a licensed or registered nurse in Canada, there are several posts that will get you started.

This article is written in a question and answer format:

  • Where do I start?
  • What is NNAS?
  • Should I take the CELBAN before applying to NNAS?
  • Should I take the CELBAN or the IELTS?
  • Do you have online CELBAN courses, online CELBAN classes, and CELBAN material?
  • What else should I know about preparing for the CELBAN outside of Canada?

May you find the solid and reliable, trustworthy, source you are looking for!



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๐Ÿ“ฑ#18 CELBAN Preparation in the ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK, ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland, and internationally

Updated 2023

Dear Kim

My name is Q , my colleague and l would like to take the CELBAN test. Prior to taking or booking  for the exam we would like to practise and prepare ourselves.

We are registered nurses currently based in London, UK, we are interested in migrating over to Canada next year.We will  be very grateful if  you recommend some preparation resource materials ,also wanted to know which states run preparation workshop for the exams .We would like to take the test … but most centres are fully booked.Which state are you based and do you running any  preparation  classes?

Hope to hear from you soon. Q

๐Ÿ“ฑ#6 CELBAN Preparation in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India and Internationally

Updated 2023

Dear Kim ,
How are you ? I need your help . I’m from India . My canada immigration process is about to complete and soon I will be landed in canada Very soon I’ll get my Visa for canada. I have done General Nursing . I Don’t know what would be my career there. I Know one think i have to clear English language test . I Got 6 band in IELTS.. I’ve heard that CELBAN test is quite easier than IELTS . Thus, I’ve started to search on it.. I Got ur Fb id From you tube . Plz Guide What should i do till I get my visa . Staying at India , How can i make myself capable for CELBAN . Plz Support me . In India I’ve Time to improve myself .In Canada My Life Would be Quite Busy i think. Hope You would respond . I’ll be thankful for you for kindness act .
Regards , A

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๐Ÿ“ฑ #13 How much of study time do i need before taking the celban exams?

Updated 2023

i would like to purchase the books for reading , writing, listening, and speaking celban. how much will it all cost in total. please inform me asap.
and where can i purchase it from what are the dates for celban exams.
i am locatedin halifax
and how long it the celban exams for?
how much of study time do i need in total before taking the actual celban exams??
regards, R

ARNPEI: Internationally Educated Registered Nurse Applicants

Updated 2021

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Dear Friend,

By now you should be pretty saturated with all the information about the licensure process, NNAS and the provincial licensure bodies. I know I am. In this process of doing all this research I think I have a pretty good handle on what is happening when it comes to the process of becoming a nurse in Canada. Mind you, I have also learned that it is not easy to find this information on the websites of the provincial colleges of nursing. It is certainly not on the front page, and often I have had to enter several search terms to find anything. That is what happened when I came to the Association of Registered Nurses of PEI. But with the persistence I have learned from you, IENs, I persisted. Alas I found their notifications and a PDF. If you have been reading along for the past week, then this will be a solidifying review. If you have not, or are in PEI, or are thinking of going to PEI here you are!

NOTE: This post was written in August of 2014, at the inception of the National Nursing Assessment Service. Prior to that time IENs had to provide documentation to provincial colleges of nursing. Since 2014 the documentation process, the assessment process, has been centralized through NNAS. Thus, while some of this information may be dated, and links have changed with updates to websites, the information and insights you gain may still be valuable to you so that you can understand the process better.


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CRNNS: Enhanced IEN Application Process

Updated 2021

Dear Friends,

If you read the post CRNBC: New application process for Internationally Educated Nurses posted on Monday (2014), then you saw an excellent graphic explaining the licensure process to become an RN in BC. There I wrote about how the steps for NNAS are universal, but the steps for each provincial college is different. On Tuesday I wrote about the Criteria for Registration and Licensure for IENs in Nova Scotia. In this post it is clearly evident that the provincial registration processes have been legislated by law: provincial not federal law. Today I will be sharing the Enhanced IEN Application Process from CRNNS in Nova Scotia. The CRNNS, like the CRNBC, has provided a graphic that transparently outlines the process of becoming a nurse in Nova Scotia.

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