The Internationally Educated Nurses Competency Assessment Program (IENCAP) is a standardized examination that tests the knowledge, skill and judgement of internationally educated nurses (IENs) seeking nursing registration in Ontario. The program was created by Touchstone Institute in collaboration with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).
CNO assesses the academic credentials of all internationally educated applicants to determine if the nursing program meets the equivalency requirement for challenging the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Those whose education does not meet the CNO’s requirements can alternatively be assessed in the IENCAP in order to demonstrate their level of competency with respect to nursing knowledge, skills and judgement.
For more information regarding how you can become eligible to take the IENCAP, please contact the College of Nurses of Ontario.
Candidates may attempt the test only once, so it’s important to ensure readiness. In addition to nursing skills, IENCAP assesses client interactions, ethics, professionalism, language proficiency and comprehension. Language proficiency, comprehension and cultural sensitivity can impact performance in the other areas being assessed; therefore, it is imperative you have strong English-language skills, as well as a sound understanding of the effective use of English in the Canadian workplace when you complete this assessment. We strongly recommend you carefully assess your readiness to undertake this exam prior to registration.
Preparation courses for the IENCAP are available through HealthForceOntario.
The IENCAP registration portal unavailable until early May. Touchstone Institute will contact all IENs who have been referred to take the IENCAP when the portal is open again.
When registration opens, the following assessment dates will be available:
- August 16, 2017
- October 18, 2017
- November 23, 2017
- January 30, 2018
- February 22, 2018
Fees and Payment
The IENCAP fee is CAD 500. Fees are payable at the time of registration by Visa or MasterCard only. Cash, cheques or debit payments cannot be accepted. Exam registration will not be considered complete without immediate payment.
Cancellation and Refunds
IENCAP has a new cancellation policy. Please read carefully:
- All cancellations made up to 30 days before your scheduled assessment date will be subject to a CAD 200 cancellation fee.
- No refund will be issued on a cancellation that occurs less than 30 days before your scheduled assessment date.
- Failure to appear for your scheduled assessment date is considered a cancellation and no refund will be issued.
- We do not offer date changes from one assessment date to another. If you wish to change your assessment date, you must cancel and re-register for the next available date.
- Cancellations will be managed by the candidate through the registration portal. Cancellations by phone, email or fax will not be accepted.
- Refunds can only be charged back to the credit card used at the time of registration. Refund cheques will not be issued.
- Requests for cancellation and full refund due to Exceptional Circumstances must be made by completing an “Exceptional Circumstance Exemption Request Form” as soon as possible prior to or after the scheduled test date.
Request for Letter of Participation
Candidates may request a Letter of Participation to support visa travel requirements only after they have registered for an exam date. Letters cannot be issued without an exam date listed on them. Email us your requests for letters. Please include your full name and CNO number.
Results from the IENCAP take up to eight weeks to process and are sent directly to CNO. The College considers exam results to determine if a candidate has demonstrated entry-to-practice competencies that meet their requirements. CNO communicates the results directly to candidates.