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Exam Dates and Registration Deadlines

Registration is done with your provincial HR association.


Normally, the NKE is held the first Saturday in June and November of each year. Exceptions will be made when these dates coincide with a major holiday or holiday weekend. Exam dates are posted one year in advance of the day the exam is held.


Please check with your provincial HR association for the location, times and more information regarding upcoming exams.


The registration deadline for the next National Knowledge Exam® is April 4, 2017.


Exam Dates and Registration Deadlines

National Knowledge Exam® Dates

Registration Deadlines

November 5, 2016

September 6, 2016

June 3, 2017

April 4, 2017

Exam Fees

The cost of writing the NKE varies from province to province. Please contact your member association to learn more.


Exam Refunds and Deferrals

Once the registration deadline has passed, exam fees are non-refundable. If you discover you cannot write for any reason, please contact your provincial human resources association for information on how to defer your exam to the next sitting. A maximum of two deferrals per exam are possible.


You may defer to the next sitting up 7 days prior to the exam. Fees associated with deferral vary from province to province. Contact your provincial member association to learn more about the deferral fees. Within 7 calendar days of the exam date, deferrals are not allowed unless there is verified proof of extenuating circumstances such as serious illness or loss of immediate family.

Please contact your provincial human resources association as soon as possible should such a situation arise.


Registrants who defer to a future sitting and then cancel their registration any time prior to this sitting will forfeit their initial exam fee plus any deferral fee paid.

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