Nurse from another Canadian Province or Territory

You may apply in this category if you are currently or previously registered in another Canadian jurisdiction, or completed an education program in the other Canadian jurisdiction. The application process and fees will be different depending on whether or not you are currently registered. 

Step 1: Create an online CLPNBC account

  • In the top right hand corner of the CLPNBC webpage, click on LPN Sign in
  • Click I need to create an account
  • Click continue
  • Fill in all the fields
  • Remember your email address and password. (You will use them every time you sign in.)
  • Click continue
  • Write down your CLPNBC ID number. (You will need it for verifying your registration on the Public Registry.)

Step 2: Complete the online application

  • Sign in to your CLPNBC account (LPN Sign in) with the email address and password you used to create an account.
  • Complete the online application form by:
    • Verifying the information you provided when you created your CLPNBC account
    • Consenting to a criminal record check
    • Providing information related to your character & fitness to practise nursing
    • Providing information related to your nursing education
    • Providing information related to your current/previous nursing/healthcare employment, if applicable.
    • Acknowledging that you have read and understand all of the consent and declaration requirements 

Step 3: Submit your payment

Submit payment using one of the secure online payment options. You can also choose to pay later by mailing us a Money Order. For more about fees and payment options click here.

Step 4: Submit the required documentation

  • Visit a lawyer or notary public to request that he or she notarizes your:
    • Statutory Declaration form
    • Identity documents (two valid government issued IDs – e.g., Driver’s License, Provincial health care card, Passport). One ID must include a picture.
  • Upload a scanned PDF of the notarized identity documents and statutory declaration form, or submit them as photos (.jpg or .png files) in the application or by email after your application is submitted.
  • Verification of Registration Form from the Canadian jurisdiction(s) you are/were registered
  • Employment Verification Form(s) for each of your nursing employers within the last five years
  • If you are not currently registered in another jurisdiction, we will also require an original transcript from nursing education program recognized in the province you were formerly registered with. Your regulatory body may provide a certified true copy of transcripts.

Step 5: CLPNBC assesses your application

CLPNBC will begin the assessment of your application when we have received:

  • your application
  • applicable fees
  • required documents

As we assess your application, we will send you updates by email and let you know if we need more information to complete the assessment.

When we assess your application for registration we consider the following:

Good Character

When determining whether you are of good character, we review:

  • The circumstances around any previous criminal charges and/or convictions, the results of your criminal record check, and any other information you wish to have considered related to the same, if applicable
  • The completeness, correctness, and accuracy of the information you provided on the application form 
  • Current or previous registration history, including any past investigation, resolution, and/or discipline
  • Information related to current and/or previous employment

Fitness to Practise Nursing

When determining whether you are fit to engage in practical nursing practice, we review:

  • Self-disclosure of a physical or mental ailment, an emotional disturbance or an addiction to alcohol or drugs that could impair your ability to practise
  • Information from previous employer(s) disclosing the same, if applicable
  • Information regarding any previous registration cancellation or voluntary relinquishment of registration related to the same, if applicable
  • Information regarding any limits and/or conditions placed on your practice from current/previous registration
  • Information from treating physician(s) or specialist(s) who can provide an opinion as to your current health status, any recommendations for safe entrance into the profession, and your fitness to practise nursing (We only request this information in certain circumstances.)

Competence/Continuing Competence

When determining whether you are competent to practice we review:

  • Whether the other Canadian jurisdiction has congruent requirements for the demonstration of substantial equivalent competence
  • Whether you were educated in or outside of Canada
  • Whether your nursing education was completed at a program approved/recognized by the relevant nursing regulatory body
  • Whether you hold current or previous registration
  • Evidence of satisfactory practical nursing practice in the immediately preceding five years (1125)

If you were not educated in Canada and applying from a jurisdiction that does not have congruent requirements to CLPNBC for the demonstration of substantial equivalent competence, you must have practised as an LPN in the other Canadian jurisdiction for a minimum of 0.5 of full time for at least 12 months preceding the date of application. If you have not done so you may be required to undergo a competence assessment and/or additional training, experience or examination to be eligible for registration in BC.

English Language Proficiency

If English is not the first language you learned at home in childhood and the language primarily used for reading, writing, listening and speaking, you will be required to demonstrate your English language proficiency.

Step 6: Pay for practising registration

Once we determine you have met all the requirements and are ready to grant registration, we will notify you by email. You will then be asked to sign in to your CLPNBC account, and make a payment using one of the secure online payment options. You can choose to pay later by mailing us a Money Order. For more about fees and payment options click here.

Step 7: Confirm your registration status

Once you pay the practising registration fee and before going to work as an LPN in B.C, check the Public Registry to confirm CLPNBC has authorized you to practise nursing. 

Remember the expiry date of your registration. Without current registration, it is an offence under the Health Professions Act and a breach of the Standards of Practice to use any variation of the LPN title or to practise nursing in BC. CLPNBC charges a $200 fee for practising without current registration on first offense, and $400 for repeat offences. You may also be investigated by the Inquiry Committee for professional misconduct.

Definitions

Good character refers to a combination of personal qualities and traits, such as: 
  • moral or ethical strength; 
  • integrity, candour, empathy and honesty; 
  • an appreciation of the difference between right and wrong; 
  • the moral fibre to do that which is right, no matter how uncomfortable the doing may be and not to do that which is wrong no matter what the consequences may be to oneself; and  
  • the character to deal properly with the numerous and weighty demands placed on professionals. 
Fitness to Practise refers to the absence of any physical or mental condition or addiction that may impair your ability to practise.

Helpful Hints to Avoid Delays:

  • Get your documents notarized before you apply so you can upload them when you complete your application. You can also email or mail them to us after you submit your application.
  • Make sure all identity copies clearly show your face, name and signature, and that all other information is clear and visible
  • Make sure your Statutory Declaration Form is complete
  • Keep the original copies of all documents in case we require them
  • Do not submit copies of your credit card or Social Insurance Number