Internationally Educated Nurses: Applying for Registration
IMPORTANT: To work or accept employment in Alberta, Canada, Licensed Practical Nurses must have registration and a valid Practice Permit from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA), as per the Health Professions Act (HPA) of Alberta.
All internationally educated nurses (IENs) who wish to work as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Alberta must FIRST apply to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS).
Applying to NNAS is for any internationally educated nurse (IEN) applicant who:
- is a graduate of a nursing education program outside of Canada; and
- is not currently registered to practice as a nurse anywhere within Canada as a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN).
If you do not meet the above criteria, see below “If you are not eligible to apply through NNAS”
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Frequently Asked Questions
For more about application timelines, English language requirements, the CPNRE, and Criminal Record Checks, please read our Frequently Asked Questions document:
How to Apply
All internationally educated nurses must follow these steps (in order):
- Apply to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS)
- Set up an online account with National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) at www.nnas.ca.
- Complete the online application.
- Pay the required fee.
- Follow the instructions about which documents to submit for verification.
- Once your file is complete, NNAS will evaluate it and provide you with online access to an Advisory Report, which contains the results of the evaluation. NNAS will also send a copy of this report to the relevant regulatory body.
- You can now apply directly to the regulatory body of your choice and pay their application fee. You will be able to do this from your NNAS online account.
- Apply to the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA)
- After submitting your NNAS Advisory Report to CLPNA, CLPNA will ask you to complete an Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) Application for Registration and pay the required fee.
- Once your file is complete, CLPNA will assess your file to determine whether you meet CLPNA’s:
- Requirements for registration
- English Language Testing Standards
- CLPNA will notify you if you’ve been approved for registration and/or if further requirements need to be met.
Questions about the NNAS application process? Contact NNAS’s Customer Care Department at www.nnas.ca/help.
Questions about the CLPNA’s registration process? Contact CLPNA’s International Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-484-8886.
If you are not eligible to apply through NNAS
Those not qualified to apply through NNAS have several options:
- If you were previously registered/licensed as an Licensed Practical Nurse (or Registered Practical Nurse) in any jurisdiction/province in Canada, you may apply for registration using another route:
- I was Previously Registered/Licensed as a LPN in Alberta
- I was Registered/Licensed as a LPN in Another Canadian Province/Territory
- Individuals who do not meet NNAS or CLPNA’s registration requirements are advised to contact the schools below for the assessment of nursing credentials and/or clinical competence. Completion of a Practical Nurse program may be required.
Anyone who has not practiced as a nurse in the past ten (10) years is required to complete a full Practical Nurse program.
Office of Registrar
10232 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1L6
Website: Practical Nurse Refresher
Bow Valley College
Prospective Student Centre
332-6 Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 4S6
Intake: January, April, August
FOR THOSE EDUCATED IN A NON-NURSING PROFESSION
Individuals not previously educated in nursing (ie. paramedics, physicians, midwifes, etc), but interested in becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in Alberta, should contact NorQuest College or Bow Valley College to determine if any transfer credit may apply.