Our Education Centre in Abbotsford and Vancouver
Gateways Learning Centre is an international organization that offers quality and affordable educational programs in Abbotsford, BC. GLC is dedicated to promoting international education and cross-cultural understanding and offers a range of unique, comprehensive, and affordable programs.
GLC offers IELTS, TOEFL and CELBAN classes for those want to aspire to be a nurse and take the CRNE exam. We also offer adult classes and have international program for those who want to take a year or two to prepare for success in Canada. Please contact us to find out more about our classes.
Celban Classes run throughout the year. You can take them at our centre in Abbotsford, in the lower mainland at a rented facility or through our online classes.
To find our current classes, please visit here; http://www.gatewayseventregister.com/?page_id=50
More classes coming in January. Tutoring can start anytime.
CELBAN (Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses)
Before being able to qualify as a nurse in Canada, foreign trained nurses must pass an English language test.
The CELBAN exam is used to test the English skills of internationally trained nurses. It is accepted by RN, RPN and LPN licensing boards in Canada as the first step toward becoming licensed to work as a nurse in Canada. In British Columbia CELBAN is recognized by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia (CLPNBC).
Applicants must meet English fluency requirements before the CRNBC or the CLPNBC can proceed with the application process for licensing. The official test is administered by the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CELAS).
CELBAN Exam Preparation Course
This course is a full-time program designed for internationally educated nurses that will prepare you to take the CELBAN examination. It is a focused program that covers all four areas tested by the exam: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
All teachers are medical professionals trained in ESL.
It is a six-week course that teaches the language used in Canadian nursing.
It will give you test-taking strategies and let you practice all areas that will be tested.
There is a maximum of 8 students in each class so that you will have lots of individual attention.
CELBAN Preparation courses are scheduled so that students finish the preparation course shortly before the official Vancouver exam dates.
It is recommended that students have intermediate English skills.
A Skype or telephone interview can be arranged to assess the student’s language skills.
What is CELBAN?
CELBAN was developed with the help of many professionals in the nursing profession and it is based on an analysis of the language needs of the nursing profession across Canada. It is intended for internationally educated nurses who need to meet the English language requirements of nursing regulatory bodies in Canada.
It tests each of the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and scores them separately. The speaking assessment is a live interview with two trained examiners. Scores are reported as Canadian Language Benchmark Levels (CLB).
Passing scores are:
Speaking CLB 8; Listening CLB 9; Reading CLB 8; Writing CLB 7.
There is no formal English language level required for taking the test. However, before you take the test the school will give you an evaluation of your English level and your chances of passing the CELBAN examination. You should be at an upper intermediate level, equivalent to 550 TOEFL before you write CELBAN.