This page describes the process for applicants who have graduated from a Canadian practical nursing program within the past four years. To apply to the CLPNA as an Out of Province New Graduate, you must not have passed a registration exam (CPNRE or REx-PN).
If this does not describe you, please take our applicant quiz.
Out of Province New Graduates apply for Provisional registration with the CLPNA.
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, their will not be renewed.
Upon successful completion of the CPNRE, an LPN holding a Provisional practice permit is automatically put on the general register.
As an Out of Province New Graduate, 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.
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.