Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN)



The Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) is a profession-specific language exam for internationally educated nurses pursuing professional registration in Canada.

CELBAN is recognized as proof of English language ability by Canadian nursing regulatory bodies, and is the preferred option for many internationally educated nurses because of its nursing-specific examination content.

Touchstone Institute is the national administrator of CELBAN, overseeing the administration of the assessment across Canada through The CELBAN Centre.

As the national administrator for CELBAN, Touchstone Institute leads test administration, development, and renewal efforts, and we engage internationally educated nurses, members of the nursing profession, as well as nursing regulatory bodies, associations and bridging programs in our work.

For more information, please visit The CELBAN Centre website.


New Delivery Format

CELBAN is now more accessible and convenient than ever, having transitioned to a computer-based exam with a virtual interview. CELBAN’s content and structure remains the same as before while the delivery format has been updated. The CELBAN team has ensured that the new, virtually delivered CELBAN exam is equivalent to the previous in person exam to ensure continuity for our examinees and users of the test results.

Assessment Partners

The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) and Touchstone Institute have committed to a partnership that strengthens support for CELBAN, Canada’s internationally respected, nursing-specific language exam.

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