Do you want to waive the English proficiency requirement of CNO? All regulatory bodies require evidence to prove English proficiency by submitting a valid IELTS or CELBAN result. In Ontario, CNO can waive the English proficiency requirement as long as they will be satisfied with your documentations in proving your English communication skills.
UPDATE (2020): CNO now require to accomplish forms for this! Learn about the new CNO Evidence of Language Proficiency Forms
How Does It Work?
Once you have an open application with CNO, you can start doing the following:
- Send a request letter to waive the English proficiency requirement. Include details on how you think you have met the English proficiency requirement already like work experiences and studies done.
- Wait for CNO’s response to the letter. In my case, it took six weeks to receive CNO’s response. They requested to send the following:
- A more detailed letter explaining why and how you think you have already met the English proficiency requirement.
- Reference letters from your previous superiors or employers.
- Reference letters from your previous teachers if you have any kind of studies done in Canada.
- Any additional documents that can be helpful for your case.
- Comply with the requested requirements. Take note that all reference letters and additional documents should be mailed directly from the superiors, employers and teachers who issued them. The reference letters and documents should be sent in an envelope bearing the institution’s or company’s logo and return address.
Tips in Complying the Requested Documents
- Use the four elements of English communication when explaining your skills. Give a detailed explanation of your skills in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. This method makes the evidence of your skills organized and easy to identify. If possible, ask your previous employers or superiors to use this format when writing a reference letter for you.
- Include your Canadian work experience. Whatever field or job you had here in Canada, they will be always helpful in proving your English communication skills. Ask your previous and current Canadian employers to send certificates of employment and reference letters to CNO. A Canadian work experience will prove that you are capable of communicating in English in a professional level.
- Attach a copy of your old IELTS results. A valid IELTS result is required before immigrating to Canada. Include a copy in your request letter even if it’s expired or in General Training (GT) category. It will be helpful in establishing a baseline English assessment in your case.
- Include your Canadian studies. Any kind of studies done in Canada is always helpful even if it’s short-course or vocational only. Ask your school to send a letter confirming that you are a student in a specified period and course. If possible, ask you teacher to write a reference letter for you.
This English Proficiency Letter Sample will give you a better idea on how you should write a letter to CNO.
What Did I Do to Waive My English Proficiency Requirement with CNO?
In total, I provided the following documents to CNO through my previous employers.
- A Request Letter to waive the English test requirement
- A detailed letter of explanation as to why I think I have already met the English proficiency requirement
- A Certificate of Employment and Job Description as a Team Leader from my employer here in Montreal (Marche Goodfood Corp)
- A reference letter from my previous Chief Nurse in Philippines
- A reference letter from the head of Infection Control Committee in Philippines for my previous position as an Infection Control Nurse.
- A letter confirming that I’m a current student in Pearson Adult Career Centre. Back then I enrolled in a bridging program for nursing assistants in Quebec.
After several months, they referred my case to the Registration Committee. According to the letter they sent, the evaluator is not satisfied with the supporting documents I sent. They asked me of any additional documents I can send to support my request. During that time, I enrolled in a bridging program for LPNs in Pearson Adult Career Centre so I just requested the school to send a letter confirming that I’m a student.
As detailed in my CNO application timeline, CNO sent me a letter confirming that the committee approved my request to waive the English proficiency exam after three weeks. In total, it took a year for me to process this!