This page is for nurses educated and registered outside of Canada. If you have been registered anywhere in Canada, please take our applicant quiz to find out which application pathway you should use.
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.
Provisional registration allows IENs who have been approved by the CLPNA to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) to work as a nurse under supervision while waiting to write the exam.
Provisional registration provides certain applicants with a short-term Provisional practice permit. This will allow you to work as a nurse under supervision while waiting to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE).
Members 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 you could hold a Provisional permit.
Upon successful completion of the CPNRE, the LPN holding a Provisional practice permit is automatically placed on the general register.
As an Internationally Educated Nurse applicant, you will need to prepare the following before you can submit a completed application to the CLPNA.
See our Declarations and Registration Requirements Policy for more information.
Please ensure that you have included your first and last name as it appears in your MyCLPNA profile and application, in your correspondence with CLPNA.
If you don’t meet registration requirements, a decision letter will be issued to you outlining the reasons you do not meet requirements. In the decision letter, options may be made available to you, such as a referral to the Alberta Licensed Practical Nurses Competency Exam (ALPNCE) – Touchstone Institute. Please note that you can only register for this exam after obtaining a referral from the CLPNA.
Request for Review – Should you wish to seek a review of the registration decision, you may do so by submitting a request for review within 30 days to the attention of Melanie Therrien, Deputy Registrar. Please indicate the reasons for the request, any supporting documentation to support your request, and a review fee of $350.
Microloans are available through Bredin Centre and Windmill Microlending to assist you in paying for fees associated with your professional assessment and application process. Please note that the organizations offering microloans are not affiliated with the CLPNA. Approval of a microloan is not an endorsement of your eligibility with the CLPNA. For further information, please contact the lenders directly.
Opportunity Alberta is a Government of Alberta website where you will find information and resources that include moving to Alberta, looking for work, and ways to immigrate to Alberta.
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.