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Maritime Nurses Assessment Centre

The Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre (RNPDC) has partnered with the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) to complete competency assessments for nurses seeking licensure in NS, NB and PEI.

As of 1 April 2021, NCAS will be accepting competency assessment referrals for RNs through the nursing regulators. Assessments will begin as early as May 2021, as existing referrals are transitioned to the new process. 

The pilot program will be extended to LPNs in August 2021. LPN assessments will begin in the fall.

The NCAS assessment has been developed with the goal to improve the assessment taker experience within a learner-centred approach that has been developed with national standardization.

The NCAS website includes more information on how the assessments work, what to expect, how to prepare, fees and policies. Please visit ncasbc.ca to learn more.

Referrals to NCAS

The NCAS process in Maritime Canada begins with a referral from one of our community stakeholders listed below:

  • College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island
  • Nurses Association of New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia College of Nursing

Your referral must come to NCAS directly from the regulatory body listed above. NCAS does not accept referrals from candidates themselves.

Each regulatory body has unique requirements you must fulfill to be referred to NCAS. Please contact the appropriate regulatory body directly to learn about referral requirements for NCAS.

Once we have received a referral directly from the regulatory body, you will receive an email from NCAS confirming your referral. Learn more about the referral process.

Contact information:

Lacey Tiscornia is the NCAS Maritime Canada Assessment Centre Coordinator. As your primary point of contact at NCAS, Lacey will handle all applicant referrals, assessment payments, assessment scheduling and the delivery of the SLA-OA assessment program.  You can reach Lacey directly at info.maritimes@ncasbc.ca, or at 902-717-7974.

Find more information on the NCAS program website.