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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 administered at eight different test sites in six provinces across the country. Most of our sites have test dates scheduled at least once a month. To find the best test session for you, visit the CELBAN Centre website to see all of our test locations and dates.


Assessment Partners

Touchstone Institute collaborates with the following organizations to maintain and administer this assessment: