New Graduates


IMPORTANT: To work or accept employment in Alberta, 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.

Temporary Registration allows new graduates who have completed an approved Practical Nursing Program in Alberta to practice (work) as a nurse while waiting to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE).

Members with Temporary Registration are recognized as a Licensed Practical Nurse and may carry out the competencies of an entry-level practitioner.

Temporary Registration is short term; all Temporary Registrations expire on December 31 of the year they were initially issued.  Temporary Registrants are required to extend their permit to a maximum time frame of one year in the fall every year. After the one year maximum time frame or if a Temporary Registrants chooses not to extend their permit the Temporary Registration will not be renewed.

READ – Temporary Registration – Practice Statement #2 (PDF)

Upon successful completion of the CPNRE, the LPN holding a temporary permit is eligible for an “Active” Practice Permit.

DOWNLOAD Temporary & CPNRE Registration Application

RELATED – Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE)