CELBAN/IELTS Test Preparation

CELBAN Test Prep is a short test preparation course for those internationally educated nurses who are applying for licensing either to the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC (CLPNBC) or to the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC) and who are required to demonstrate English language proficiency before entry to practice in the Canadian workplace.

IELTS Test Prep (International English Language Testing System) is an internationally established English Language proficiency test. This test prep course is designed to perpare students to achieve an IELTS 6.5 -7.0 score in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Program Status:
Accepting applications

Program one-pager
Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Jan, Apr, Sep CELBAN (8 weeks), IELTS (12 weeks) VCC Transcript Broadway Part-time

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Celban test preparation courses are offered in January, April and September. Classes are on Saturdays over 8 consecutive weeks from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

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If you're ready and know the program you want, apply now. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office Visit us at one of our campus locations.

After you apply, you can check application status to see if all of the requirements have been met or to update contact information. Please use the temporary login ID and Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you used to complete your original online application.

Program Description

Program Description

Course Outcomes

  • Develop test-taking strategies
  • Familiarize candidates with the format of the test
  • Increase candidates knowledge and the understanding of their language skill levels using the Canadian Language Benchmarks

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
CELBAN Requirements:
  • Internationally trained as a nurse
  • CLB or CLBPT scores of 8 or above for Listening and CLB 7 or above for Reading
  • OR

IELTS Requirements:
  • a combination of a 15 and 20 level ELSK course ie. 0715 & 0720 or 0815 & 0820 or 0915 & 0920
  • OR ELSK 0930
  • OR CLPBT scores at 7 in all skills
  • OR English Language assessment: 36 – Reading, 13 – Essay, 20 – Listening, 24 - Speaking
  • OR IELTS scores of 6.0 or highter in all skills
  • OR Department Leader approval

Course Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $146.00 CELBAN $773.00 IELTS
Student Union Fee $55 per term
College Initiative Fee $8 per class
Other Costs
$5.84 - Campus Resource Fee

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Learn with a leader in ESL education. VCC’s English as an Additional Language (EAL) department offers programs and courses for a variety of English language levels and education needs:

Attend an information session and you will learn about how to assess your language level, how to apply and register, what you can study after you improve your English, and how to apply for student loans if you are low income. Please bring a language assessment test or course results if you have them.

Join us at VCC's Broadway campus, 1155 East Broadway at Glen Drive, across from VCC/Clark SkyTrain station.


Ask us about the non-repayable Adult Upgrading Grant
(ESL Pathways and English for Academic Purposes only)

Contact VCC Financial Aid for more info.

Date Day Time Room Location
December 17, 2019 Tuesday 6:30 - 7 p.m. Room 3620, 3rd Floor (Building A) Broadway

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Contact us:

email: englishforcareers@vcc.ca

Program Highlights

Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Term 1

(ELSK 1004) CELBAN Test Prep
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(ELSK 1006) IELTS Test Prep - Academic
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