ISPN®: CGFNS International Standards for Professional Nurses Program®

What is the ISPN® Program?

ISPN® measures the nursing knowledge of first-level nurses (RNs) against international standards.

The ISPN® Program consists of two components:

  1. a verification of first-level, general nurse status (education and license); and
  2. passing the CGFNS Qualifying Exam®.

Who Participates in the ISPN® Program?

The ISPN® program is for foreign educated nurses seeking to validate their nursing education against international standards. Nurses who participate must reside in the country in which the program is offered (currently China).

ISPN® Program in China

The next examination will be administered on November 13, 2021.

Projected Locations:

  • Beijing
  • Guangzhou
  • Shanghai
  • Weifang
  • Zhengzhou

Contact China Health International Consulting Co., Ltd.:


Official Website:


Required Documents for the ISPN® Program differ by country. Click on link below for more information.


To complete your ISPN® application, you will need to upload a passport-style photograph.

Technical Requirements

Your photograph must be:



SQUARE (51mm X 51 mm)


Click for Passport Photo Tips and Best Practices (courtesy of U.S. Department of State)
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  • Sized such that the head is between 1″ (25mm) and 1 3/8″ (35mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis:
    • Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
    • Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
    • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
    • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn for your photo.
    • Dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required)
    • Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.

Source: U.S. Department of State


CGFNS Qualifying Exam for the ISPN® Program differ by country:


A fee of $375 includes:

  • Verification of license and transcript documents
  • The CGFNS Qualifying Exam
  • ISPN certificate for applicants who pass the Qualifying Exam

You may pay online with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover)

CGFNS International No Refund Policy: Before you apply to the ISPN Program in China, please be aware that CGFNS International has a “no refund” policy. Even if you do not meet the eligibility requirements, this policy is enforced. Please keep this in mind prior to submitting your application.