September 1, 2015
In July, Touchstone Institute (the operator of the CELBAN Centre – the national administration centre for CELBAN) submitted its third quarterly report since taking over the administration of CELBAN (the Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses), under contract with the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (the CELBAN test owner). The report covers activities during the period of April 1 to June 30, 2015.
During this period, the total number of tests administered (557) increased by 33% in comparison to the previous quarterly reporting period (420). Touchstone estimates that more than 1,000 complete tests will be administered in the second half of 2015, bringing the total to approximately 2,000 for 2015.
Moving forward the priority is to establish a CELBAN presence in the East coast and Saskatchewan, and increase the number of seats available in the Western provinces, where the number of internationally educated nurses (IENs) is the greatest. The CELBAN Centre has been in touch with a number of contacts in different regions of the country regarding the opportunity to become a CELBAN test site.
A training session for new speaking assessors will take place at Touchstone Institute at the end of September. Qualified and interested assessors are being recruited for the training which will take place over 3-4 days. In addition to the standard training, assessors will have the opportunity to view an official CELBAN assessment that will take place on September 26. The training session is being held so the roster of certified CELBAN speaking assessors may be expanded. This will allow Touchstone more flexibility in recruiting for the CELBAN assessments.