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 under supervision while waiting to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE).

Members with Temporary Practice Permit are recognized as a Licensed Practical Nurse and may carry out the competencies that they are competent to perform.

Temporary Practice Permits are short-term; all Temporary Registrations expire on December 31 and may be extended up to a maximum of one year from the date it was initially issued. Temporary Registrants are required to extend their permit to a maximum time frame of one year in the fall every year. After one year or if a Temporary Registrants chooses not to extend their permit, the Temporary Registration will not be renewed.

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Upon successful completion of the CPNRE, the LPN holding a Temporary Practice Permit is eligible for an Active Practice Permit.

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RELATED – Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE)

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