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Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN™) is an assessment tool designed to assess the English language proficiency of internationally-educated nurses who are applying for licensure in the nursing profession in Canada. CELBAN™ is recognized by nursing licensing bodies across Canada.

CELBAN™ is managed by a national administration centre and administered by test sites across Canada.

Introducing The CELBAN Centre

The CELBAN Centre is the new national centre responsible for the administration of CELBAN on behalf of the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks. These services were previously provided by The CELAS Centre.

CELBAN Policies – Important Changes

Some of the policies and procedures for CELBAN have changed under The CELBAN Centre. Before you register for CELBAN, please carefully review our revised Policies and Procedures.

Some key changes:

Register online
You can now register for CELBAN online.

Pay no GST on test fees
The CELBAN test fee is still $375.00 for all test sites across Canada. Since CELBAN is required for professional registration, it is not taxable, which means that GST will not be added to your fee.

Email your requests
Special requests, updates or changes to your test details or personal information must be made in writing – by email (preferred), regular mail or fax ONLY. Telephone requests will not be accepted. There will be no exceptions to this rule, as we need written proof of your request in order to provide you with accurate, fair, and efficient services. To make a request, visit our resources page, download the appropriate form and send it to us by email (preferred), fax or regular mail.


Test-Taking Strategies Guide – New Edition Available!

Preparing for CELBAN? Download our revised CELBAN Test-Taking Strategies Guide.

Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks

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