The Alberta Licensed Practical Nurses Competence Examination or ALPNCE is designed to assess current knowledge, skills, and attitudes of those seeking Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) registration within the province of Alberta. This exam is not intended to replace the national exam, but rather serves as a step in the LPN registration pathway for those applicants with a nursing credential for whom the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) is seeking evidence of sufficient equivalency or prior learning.
The exam is designed to assess an applicant’s competency level in comparison to that of a recent graduate of a CLPNA approved Practical Nursing Program of Alberta. This exam is based on the entry-level competencies as outlined in the CLPNA’s Competency Profile for Licensed Practical Nurses 5th Edition (2020) document.
See "Future Exam Dates" below.
In-person OSCE Location:
Health Sciences Education and Research Commons (HSERC)
University of Alberta
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA), Classroom 1-190
11405-87 Avenue NW, HSERC 2-263**
MCQ Location: Remote Virtual
Touchstone Institute will refer to all individuals challenging an exam as examinees. In some virtual experiences, the term candidate may be used interchangeably with examinee.
Future Exam Dates
Future exam dates will be posted here once they are confirmed. Registration begins at 10:00 am MT
ALPNCE Virtual MCQ & In-Person OSCE Dates
Touchstone Institute reserves the right to cancel scheduled exams if the minimum number of registrants is not met. Those registered for cancelled exams will be notified by email and moved to the next available date or provided a full refund.
Registration for the ALPNCE is available to examinees who have received the following:
- Referral from CLPNA
- Email confirmation from Touchstone Institute
Instructions on registering for the exam can be found in the Registration Portal User Guide.
For additional information on ALPNCE eligibility, please contact the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta.
Before you register for a Touchstone Institute exam, please ensure you understand how the exam results contribute in your pathway towards licensure. If unsure, please contact your profession’s regulatory authority.
Request Letter of Participation
Examinees 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. Contact us here to request a letter. Please include your full name, email address and exam date.
Request For Exam Accommodation
Touchstone Institute will provide reasonable exam accommodations for examinees with disabilities. Requests for accommodation and supporting documentation need to be submitted immediately after registering for an examination with us. Contact us here to request accommodation.
Fees & Payment
ALPNCE fees are CAN $2,250 and payable by Credit Card through Moneris. Cash and cheques cannot be accepted. Registration is not complete without payment.
Cancellations & Refunds
Touchstone Institute accommodates a high volume of examinees and enforces a strict cancellation policy to ensure fairness. Please refer to our exam cancellation policy here.
Exam cancellation fee: CAN $600
Deadline for a refund (minus an administrative fee): 30 days before the date of your first exam component.
If there is a need to cancel your exam, click here
Code of Conduct
Exam Code of Conduct and Ethical Behaviour
Examinees participating in an assessment must sign an Exam Conduct Agreement attesting that they will not disseminate, circulate, publish or share any content of the examination. Breaches include comparing client responses with your colleagues, sharing exam content with future examinees and posting case information or exam questions online. Any breach in exam content or process may lead to disciplinary and legal measures, including invalidating your results.
Please click the button below to view the Ethical Exam Behaviour page and sign the agreement at the bottom.
All of our assessments are designed to standardize as many exam elements as possible. Depending on examinee registration numbers and facility parameters, exam format may vary from the information provided on our website. Information regarding your specific exam will be provided with your invitation. We are committed to ensuring that all examinees are given a fair and valid assessment experience. Click on the tabs for more information.
General Exam Format
No external contact is permitted during the exam.
The ALPNCE is a two-part examination:
A Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Examination – Examinees will be given 180 minutes to complete up to 100 questions.
An Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) – Examinees will challenge up to 10 stations of 13 minutes each.
A score report is generated upon completion of both parts of the examination.
The exam is designed to assess an applicant’s competency level compared to a recent graduate of a CLPNA approved Practical Nursing Program of Alberta. This exam is based on the entry-level competencies outlined in the CLPNA’s Competency Profile for Licensed Practical Nurses 5th Edition (2020) document.
The Examination Blueprint can be found within the Exam Resources section.
Part 1: Written Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Examination (154 minutes)
To participate in the Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Examination, please ensure that you read and understand the computer and technical requirements needed to have a successful experience found in the resource section.
The MCQ exam consists of up to 100 questions. Examinees are required to choose the correct or best answer from a list of three or four responses.
The Examination Blueprint can be found within the Exam Resources section.
Part 2: Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
Examinees complete up to 11 clinical encounter stations where they demonstrate their skills and competencies by interacting with a standardized patient. At the start of each station, examinee instructions will be posted outside the exam room door that introduces the presenting clinical problem and states the task(s) the examinees need to perform. After interacting with the standardized patient, the in-station examiner will ask the examinee questions about the station. The questions will be asked exactly as they are written on the examiner's test sheet.
The OSCE stations for this exam represent common workplace examples of the content areas. Examinees should manage each presenting case as they would in a real-life practice setting. There are no hidden surprises or tricks.
he Examination Blueprint can be found within the Exam Resources section.
OSCE Station Timing Details
What To Expect on OSCE Exam Day
OSCE Exam Day
What to bring to the exam:
Items not allowed in the exam:
Examinees should leave personal belongings at home, if possible, as many items are not permitted during the exam and storage space is limited. The following items are not allowed during the exam:
Please note: All personal belongings will be collected at registration and stored until after the examination. Examinees are encouraged to bring as few personal belongings as possible. Once you have signed in, examinees will not be permitted to leave the examination area until all exam materials have been returned.
On the exam day, before you start the exam:
- If you are unwell or have extenuating circumstances which may negatively impact your assessment performance, you have the option to withdraw from the exam before it begins. Touchstone Institute will work with you to schedule an alternate date for your examination.
- If you choose to start the examination and request to leave before completing the entire examination, a staff member will document your reason for non-completion. This information will be forwarded to CLPNA.
Examination results will take up to eight weeks to process and are sent directly to the Regulator. The Regulator communicates the results directly to examinees.