Competency Assessments

Computer Based Assessments, Simulation Lab Assessments, Fees and Policies, Results.

Most health care professionals applying to Inspire Global Assessments are required to take a competency assessment. As nursing education and practice differ worldwide, Inspire Global Assessments’ competency assessments are an essential tool to measure your current nursing abilities against the skills and knowledge required to practice in the Canadian health care system.

Inspire Global Assessments may assess you for one or more professions, including:

  • Health care Assistant (HCA)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN)

Inspire Global Assessments uses a combination of a Computer-Based Assessment (CBA) and a Simulation Lab Assessment (SLA) to assess how applicants demonstrate skills and competencies required for practice in their desired profession.

Inspire Global Assessments’ competency assessments are integrative, meaning that you can be assessed across multiple professions at the same time. Once you’ve completed your assessments, Inspire Global Assessments will send your results and supporting documents to the regulator, who will email you the next steps.

Candidates have one year from their referral date to complete the Inspire Global Assessments assessment. The CBA and SLA(s) must be completed within three months of each other.

We use a combination of Computer-Based Assessment (CBA) and Simulation Lab Assessment (SLA). While you can take the assessments in any order, we encourage you to take the CBA first, as it will help you prepare for the SLA(s).

Computer-Based Assessment (CBA)​

The CBA is 3- or 5-hour monitored assessment made up of gradually unfolding cases that take you through the step-by-step process of clinical thinking and decision-making. The CBA is taken at a proctored computer lab operated by Prometric Testing Centres and is offered in many countries and cities worldwide.

RPN only: Registered Psychiatric Nurse candidates can complete their CBA virtually via remote proctoring with Prometric; this option is available when scheduling.

Simulation Lab Assessment (SLA)

The SLA allows you to demonstrate your ability to conduct patient assessments, perform appropriate health interventions, communicate effectively with patients, and make clinical decisions in a safe environment.​

Assessments Available

BCNBNFNSPEISKStructure of the assessent

Health Care Assessment (HCA)

CBA: 3 hours

SLA: 2.5 hours (5 x 12-minute cases)

Licenced Practical Nurse (LPN)

CBA: 3 hours

SLA: 2.5 hours (3 x 25-minute cases)

Registered Nurse (RN)

CBA: 3 – 5 hours

SLA: 3.5 hours (5 x 25-minute cases)

Dual-track (RN/LPN)

CBA: 3 – 5 hours

SLA: 3.5 hours (5 x 25-minute cases)

Triple-track (RN/LPN/HCA)

CBA: 5 hours

SLA: 3.5 – 6 hours

(HCA SLA: 2.5 hours, 5 x 12-minute cases

RN and LPN SLA: 3.5 hours, 5 x 25-minute cases)

Registered Psychiatrist Nurse (RPN)

CBA: 3 hours

SLA: 3.5 hours

(3 x 45-minute cases)