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

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


All summer 2021 classes will be delivered remotely. In order to meet the requirements of remote delivery, students registering in summer 2021 term courses will need to have an electronic device, and access to the internet via WIFI or other source, to complete courses and access KPU services.  Please note: cellphones are not an option for video-conferencing, ipad/tablet or laptop with video capabilities required.  Appointments may be booked for Tuesday, Wednesdays or Thursday depending on the schedule.  If you'd like to book a CAEN Assessment or require a CAEN Assessment for an employee, please email our office for registration details at 



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 self-assessment will be completed during the online appointment. 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) are required to show proof of English proficiency.  Please see the Consolidated Clinical website for full details.

Course Format

The CAEN Assessment is held every Wednesday by appointment only.  Appointments are confirmed once registration has been completed and the learner has received their mailed skill kit.  Candidates who wish to undertake the CAEN Assessment can purchase an available seat on Elevate.  Once purchased, candidates will email our office to provide their home mailing address for their skill kit.  Once the kit arrives, candidates can email the office and book their appointment date.  Once the date is confirmed, an email notification will be sent that includes details for the appointment. The individualized simulation assessment (OSCE) takes 1.5 hours to complete online.  Please wear a nursing uniform for the simulation assessment. Candidates are allotted 3 hours to complete the multiple choice exam. 

The CAEN Assessment is currenlty only offered online.  Skill kits are mailed to learners residing in the North America only.  Learners residing outside North America will be provided a supply list required for the CAEN.

Course Cost

The fee for the CAEN Assessment when paid by the candidate is $750 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.  The candidate would register for the CAEN via manual registration, instructions will be provided.  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.  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.  The fees would be invoiced to the third party.

Once a seat is purchased, whether paid personally or sponsored, please email our office to provide the home mailing address for the skill kit.  Once the skill kit has been received, email our office to book the appointment.  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