​Getting Started - Maritime Canada

​​Getting Referred

In Maritime Canada, NCAS provides a competency assessment for registered nurses seeking licensure in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and/or Prince Edward Island, and​ licensed practical nurses seeking licensure in Nova Scotia only. ​

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

Your referral must come to NCAS directly from the regulatory college listed above. NCAS does not accept referrals from candidates themselves.  Each regulatory college has unique requirements you must fulfil to be referred to NCAS.  For instance, you may be asked to submit an Academic Credential Assessment report from a registered credential assessment agency like the National Nursing Assessment Service.  Please contact the appropriate regulatory college directly to learn about referral requirements for NCAS.

Assessing for more than one healthcare role (dual-role) – Nova Scotia only

Before applying to complete the NCAS assessment process, it is important to consider whether you want to be assessed for more than one nursing role. Applying for a dual-role assessment at the beginning may save you time in the long run.  Here is how it works.

  • Registered Nurses who are not sure they will meet the competency requirements in their field, can choose to have an evaluation that also assesses the extent to which they meet the competency requirements to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  

Note: Trained LPNs cannot ask to be assessed in the role of an RN unless they have met the RN educational requirements set out by the regulatory college.

In all instances, an applicant must be referred by a regulatory organization or registry. Those applying for the dual-role assessment require two referrals, and will need to meet the specific requirements set by each referring body to obtain the referral.

How does the dual-role assessment work? 

  • RN/LPN dual role assessment:  An RN candidate applying for an assessment as an RN and as an LPN must take two Computer-based Assessment (CBA) – one specific to each role. Applicants for dual-role assessments must pay for each CBA separately. But they will take and pay for only one Simulation Lab Assessment (SLA). That is because the SLA is designed to capture competencies the candidate demonstrates in both types of health care roles.  If you have signed up for the dual-role assessment, NCAS will send results for both roles to the Nova Scotia College of Nursing.

Candidates for dual-role assessments must pay for each CBA separately. The fee for the dual-role SLA  is the same as the fee for the single-role SLA. At this time, dual-role assessment is only available in Nova Scotia.​​

What happens after the referral?

Once we have received a referral directly from the regulatory college, you will receive an email from NCAS confirming your referral.  Click here to learn How it Works.​​​​