When LPN Permits Expire, Reinstating Registration for 2020

On December 31, 2019, the Practice Permits of Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses will expire. The vast majority have renewed their permits for 2020. For those who haven’t, a reminder that it is an LPN’s professional responsibility to ensure they have a current practice permit which provides the legal ability to practice as an LPN in Alberta and malpractice liability insurance coverage.

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The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta’s (CLPNA’s) Registration Renewal system will close on January 1, 2020, and anyone who has not renewed will have their practice permit suspended.

Those still wishing to register must follow the “Previously Licensed in Alberta“ process. Total fees will be $780:

  • $100 Application Fee
  • $350 Practice Permit Fee
  • $300 Registration Levy
  • $30 Criminal Record Check Fee

Permits not reinstated by January 31, 2020 will be cancelled.


The repercussions of working without a practice permit are serious and impact both an LPN’s registration and disciplinary status. All employers will be notified immediately that the nurse must stop working until the practice permit has been reinstated. (Typically, employers may also issue a suspension.)

The process to become reinstated may take weeks and involves the CLPNA’s Registration and Complaints Departments.

Fees totalling $1280 must be paid:

  • $780 Practice Permit Fees as described above, and
  • $500 Complaints Fee (if found working without a practice permit)

Employers are reminded to check the Public Registry of LPNs to ensure employees have renewed for 2020.

Questions? Contact the CLPNA’s Registration Dept. at registration@clpna.com, 780-484-8886, or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).