Accéder à la profession

Examination day

The professional examination is a crucial step in your career.


Getting to Montreal or Quebec City

You can take advantage of preferential rates for OIIQ members. See the “Mon compte” section for details on these offers:

Arriving at the examination centre

Report 15 to 30 minutes before the time shown on the confirmation of registration. It is important that you be on time, since arriving late can lead to your failing the examination. No late arrivals will be admitted.


ID required

When you register at the examination site, you will have to present one of these pieces of photo ID. It must be valid at the time you sit the examination.

  • Quebec health insurance card
  • driver's licence from a Canadian province
  • passport
  • permanent resident card

If you do not show valid identification, you will be deemed absent, since you cannot be admitted into the room where the professional examination is being held. Consequently, your file will be marked FAILURE, in accordance with section 11 of the Regulation respecting the terms and conditions for the issue of permits by the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (CQLR, chapter I-8, r. 7.01).


The name on the piece of identification must be identical to the name on your confirmation of registration. Otherwise, you are responsible for providing official documentary proof that the name in your file and the name on the piece of identification are the same person. If this applies to you, contact the Office of the Registrar and Examinations, at, before the examination date.


Before the exam

  • Plan to go to the washroom before heading for the examination room; 

  • Turn off all your electronic devices; 

  • Bring a bottle of water and a light snack with you; 

  • Bring a cold meal: not all the exam rooms have meal facilities.

During the examination

This is a written examination, with about 45-50 clinical situations in approximately 135-150 questions. Each clinical situation is worth 100 marks and the questions are weighted. A video will be shown before the examination starts, explaining the procedures.

  • There are two examination booklets to be completed, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
  • Upon request during the examination, you may have access to the version of a question in the other language (French or English).

  • There will be a 60-minute break between the two parts of the examination.
  • Remember: Arriving late means you fail the examination.

Materials provided

  • automatic pencil, with leads included
  • eraser
  • marker
  • earplug
  • calculator

No other personal items are allowed.


Prohibited items

You may not have any bag, purse, coat, watch, cell phone or pager at your table during the examination. No non-religious headgear (cap, tuque, hood) may be worn.

Personal effects must be placed around the room, according to the instructions given at the time. The OIIQ is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

These acts lead to failure of the examination:

  • registration under false pretences

  • fraud

  • plagiarism

  • participation in fraud or plagiarism

  • attempted fraud or plagiarism