Competency Assessment & Enhancement for Nursing Program (CAEN) PNCA 9000*

This course was formerly known as PNCA 1000 and has now changed to PNCA 9000


Course Description

The Competency Assessment & Enhancement for Nurses (CAEN) is available for both Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).  The CAEN is designed for nurses who wish to update and/or enhance their nursing practice skills. The CAEN has 3 components; a self-assessment, an OSCE and multiple choice exam.   The OSCE portion is currently conducted online as well as the exam and self-assessment and may be scheduled the same day as the OSCE or an alternate day depending on availability.  

The individualized assessment of nursing knowledge and skills is done in a simulated nursing lab designed for particular needs i.e. return to work would be based on the candidate caring for a patient on a medical/surgical unit in an acute setting. The multiple choice exam is at entry level practice with reasonable working level of knowledge.

Based on the assessment outcomes, areas for practice enhancement are identified and recommendations regarding educational support are provided.

Please note:  Applicants intending to register for Consolidated Clinical (PNUR 9130/9034/9020) are required to show proof of English proficiency.  Please see the Consolidated Clinical websites for full details.

Course Format

CAEN Assessments are typically held Tuesday or Wednesdays.  Start times can vary.  Once a seat is purchased on Elevate, email our office to book the appointment and provide a mailing address for the skill kit if the CAEN.  A confirmation email containing directions and details for the appointment will be emailed once the appointment is confirmed.  Asthe CAEN is fully online, the appointment date is confirmed once the skill kit is received.  Please note: skill kits can only be mailed to candidates residing in North America.  For those residing outside North America a skill kit list will be provided.

Please wear a nursing uniform for the simulation assessment.  

Course Cost

The fee for the CAEN Assessment when paid by the candidate is $875 plus GST.  (Please note: All Faculty of Health, Professional Studies course fees are non-refundable/non-transferrable.)

If you are an employer or third party who would like to arrange a CAEN Assessment for an individual, please contact our office via email at  We will require a sponsorship letter that identifies the name of the candidate to be sponsored, the company name and address of where the invoice should be directed and a contact person to receive the final report.  Sample of a sponsorship letter can be found here PDF icon CPS-Funding Letter Example Template.pdf PDF icon CPS-Funding Letter Requirements for Sponsored Students-PS revised.pdfThe candidate would register for the CAEN via manual registration, instructions will be provided, contact our office for details.  The fees would be invoiced to the sponsor.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible to register, candidates must have current or previous registration with BCCNM or other provincial nursing regulatory body

How to Register

Registration is through Elevate when paid for personally.  The course to search is PNCA 9000.  

Sponsored candidates would register manually with assistance from our office and CPS office.  Sponsored candidates will require a sponsorship letter from the third party that includes the name of the applicant, to whom the report should be sent and authority to invoice the third party with the name and address of where to send the invoice.  See sample letter above.  The fees would be invoiced to the third party.

Once a seat is purchased, whether paid personally or sponsored, please email our office to notify our office of the registration.  All appointments are first come/first serve.  Please include with the email the regulatory file number and signed policy form.

Text books

Candidates may wish to review a Medical surgical textbook or Psychomotor Skills textbook prior to the assessment but it is not mandatory.


Please contact our office via email