This page describes the process for applicants who have graduated from an approved practical nurse diploma program in Alberta in the past four years.
To apply to the CLPNA as an Alberta New Graduate, you should not have been registered previously or have passed the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE). If this does not describe you, please take the applicant quiz.
Alberta new graduates have two options to apply with the CLPNA:
Provisional registration provides a temporary practice permit. This will allow you to work as a nurse under supervision while waiting to write the CPNRE.
Registrants with a Provisional practice permit are recognized as a Licensed Practical Nurse and may carry out the activities that they are competent to perform.
Upon approval of your Provisional application, you will receive a final invoice. This invoice covers the cost of a Provisional practice permit and writing the CPNRE. This invoice must be paid in full before a practice permit will be issued. For a list of current fees please see: Fee Schedule.
You can look up the expiry date for your Provisional permit on your MyCLPNA account. You may extend your Provisional registration up to a maximum of one year from the date it was initially issued. After one year, or if a Provisional registrant chooses not to extend their permit, the registration will not be renewed. If you choose not to extend your Provisional permit, you will forfeit any remaining time.
Upon successful completion of the CPNRE, the LPN holding a Provisional practice permit is eligible for an Active practice permit and they are automatically added to the general register.
As an Alberta New Graduate, you will need to prepare the following before you can submit a completed application for provisional registration. See our Declarations and Registration Requirements Policy for more information.
If you currently hold a student membership, please follow these instructions:
1. Log into your MyCLPNA account.
2. Once logged in, select Provisional (Alberta Graduates). Please note that on the application it will show as a reinstatement application.
3. Submit the application and pay the $100 application fee.
4. If your paid application has any missing requirements, the CLPNA will contact you within five business days. If you have not yet completed the Jurisprudence Examination, you will receive information on how to register and pay for the exam.
5. You will receive a decision letter and final invoice for your permit fee and cost of CPNRE within ten business days of all application requirements being met. You will need to meet all application requirements before you receive a decision letter.
6. You will receive information on how to register for the CPNRE within ten business days of your invoice being paid. You will be placed in the first available testing window and be able to register for a specific testing day. For more information, see CPNRE.
Applicants and registrants can expect these standards when interacting with the Registration Department at the CLPNA.
The Registration Service Standards policy outlines registration service standards at the CLPNA.