IEN Language Proficiency Rule Changes

The Nurses Association of New Brunswick (NANB) has made changes to its language proficiency requirements for internationally educated nurses (IENs). These changes will come into effect on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021. Under our previous rules, applicants had to demonstrate language proficiency in either English or French by achieving benchmark scores on an approved language proficiency test. This remains the most efficient way of demonstrating language proficiency. That being said, IENs applying for registration with NANB may prove language proficiency in one of the four following ways.


1. by achieving benchmark scores on an approved language proficiency test;

2. by holding current registration in another Canadian Jurisdiction;

3. by completing a nursing program in either English or French; or

4. by providing other evidence of language proficiency for review by the Registrar.


If an IEN is unable to demonstrate language proficiency through their nursing program, registration status, or their results on a language proficiency test, then the following types of evidence may also be considered by NANB:


1. completion of an educational program at a college or university level in either English or French, in the last two years; or

2. work or volunteer experience in English or French, in the last two years.


As well as providing the types of evidence listed above, NANB may also require that applicants participate in a proficiency interview, with a member of NANB’s staff, to assess the applicant’s language proficiency, in either English or French.


If you have any questions concerning the above, please contact


nanbregistration@nanb.nb.ca .




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