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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.

Upcoming Dates

Upcoming Assessment Dates

CELBAN is moving to an online, computer-based delivery model in early 2021. This means that the CELBAN test will no longer be administered in-person at existing test sites in Canada. Soon, the test will be available for administration online or at a designated test centre. The interactive nature of the CELBAN Speaking test will be maintained through an online interview.

The aim is to relaunch CELBAN with online delivery in early 2021.

The CELBAN Centre and Touchstone Institute websites will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. Sign up for the CELBAN newsletter below to receive updates on when you can register for the exam.

Assessment Partners

Touchstone Institute collaborates with the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks to maintain and administer this assessment.