Registration Categories

There are five categories of LPN registration in BC:

  1. Practising 
  2. Limited
  3. Non-practising
  4. Interim 
  5. Temporary

Practising Registration

An LPN holding practising registration can provide practical nursing services to clients in BC, and use the title Licensed Practical Nurse, Practical Nurse, Nurse or LPN. Practising registration expires on December 31 of each year. LPNs must renew before December 31 to continue practising in BC.

CLPNBC may grant practising registration if you have:

  1. graduated from a recognized practical nursing (PN) education program, or equivalent;
  2. passed the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE®);
  3. provided CLPNBC with evidence of good character, fitness to practise, competence and English language proficiency; and
  4. submitted all of the required forms, documents, and fees to CLPNBC. 

Limited Registration

An LPN holding limited registration can provide practical nursing services to clients in BC, but has some limitations that CLPNBC’s Registration Committee   defines. LPNs with limited registration can use the title Limited Licensed Practical Nurse or LPN (L). CLPNBC may grant limited registration for a term of six months to one year. Limited registration may be renewed once.

CLPNBC may grant limited registration if you have:

  1. graduated from a nursing education program that CLPNBC did not recognize; 
  2. passed the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE®); 
  3. provided CLPNBC with evidence of good character, fitness to practise, competence and English language proficiency;
  4. submitted all of the required forms, documents, information and fees to CLPNBC; and
  5. demonstrated to CLPNBC that they are capable of practising without undue risk to public safety.

Non-practising Registration

A non-practising LPN cannot work, volunteer or practise practical nursing in BC. Non-practising registration expires on December 31 of each year. Non-practising LPNs must renew before December 31 of each year to stay on the CLPNBC Public Registry. Non-practising LPNs continue to receive important messages from CLPNBC about LPN practice in BC. Non-practising registrants can use the title “Non-practising Licensed Practical Nurse” or “Non-practising LPN”.

CLPNBC may grant non-practising registration if you:

  1. are eligible for practising registration with CLPNBC, and
  2. have submitted all of the required forms, documents, and fees to CLPNBC.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To change your registration from non-practising to practising after 2018, CLPNBC requires you to have worked 1,125 hours within the last five years. See the Nursing Practice Hours for more information.

Interim Registration

An interim LPN can work and practise practical nursing in BC, while waiting to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE®). CLPNBC cancels interim registration immediately if the applicant fails his or her second attempt at the examination. CLPNBC can grant interim registration for up to six months. Interim registrants may use the title Interim Licensed Practical Nurse or LPN (I). Interim registration cannot be renewed.

CLPNBC may grant interim registration if you have:

  1. graduated from a CLPNBC-recognized practical nursing (PN) education program, or equivalent; 
  2. submitted all of the required forms, documents, and fees to CLPNBC;
  3. been authorized to take the next available CPNRE; and
  4. provided satisfactory evidence that you are capable of practising without undue risk to public health or safety.

Temporary Registration

CLPNBC may grant temporary registration if there is a natural disaster/catastrophic event in BC and the public needs the services of additional LPNs. An LPN holding temporary registration may use the title Temporary Licensed Practical Nurse or LPN (T). CLPNBC can grant temporary registration for up to 90 days. If the emergency continues, the registration may be renewed.

In an emergency, CLPNBC may grant temporary registration if you:

  • hold current practising registration in another jurisdiction, without limitations, restrictions or conditions or you are eligible for reinstatement with CLPNBC;
  • belong to Canadian or US armed forces or you authorize current or former employers to provide references regarding your nursing practice; and
  • sign a declaration that you are applying for temporary registration for the purpose of providing assistance during the emergency situation.
     

 

Annual Registration Renewal

Your registration must be renewed every year to remain eligible to continue practising as an LPN in BC.

See Annual Renewal.

Registration Forms

The following registration forms are available for download:

Note: forms are subject to change.