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Don’t Practice Without a Permit

To work or accept employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Alberta, an individual must hold a valid practice permit from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA).

Working Without a Permit

Working as an LPN without a valid practice permit is considered unprofessional conduct and a violation that will subject the individual to disciplinary action including a conduct fine.

Renew by the Deadline

LPNs must complete their Registration Renewal to keep their practice permit valid. On January 1, 2024,  anyone who has not renewed will have their practice permit suspended. Permits not reinstated by January 31, 2024, will be cancelled.

Types of Practice Permits

There are several different statuses for LPNs in our system, but only two allow an LPN to practice: active and provisional.

LPNs who hold active practice permits are authorized to work in Alberta unless they have a condition on their permit that restricts their practice.

LPNs who have provisional status are also authorized to work in Alberta, but under supervision. Provisional LPNs have not completed their Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination. Their permits are only valid for a maximum of one year unless the holder applies for an extension.

Other Registration Statuses

LPNs with cancelled or suspended registrations are not authorized to practice. An LPN’s registration may be cancelled or suspended due to issues related to unprofessional conduct, registration, or continuing competence.

How Can You Find Out an LPN’s Registration Status?

Anyone can check an LPN’s registration status through our Public Registry. Employers are encouraged to verify the registration of any LPN in their employ.

Access Public Registry

The Public Registry includes information on current and previous members for the last five years. If a practice permit is suspended or cancelled, the Public Registry will also state the reason.

In accordance with Alberta’s Health Professions Act and the guidelines of the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), the Public Registry publishes the following information:

  • name,
  • registration number,
  • registration type,
  • practice permit effective and expiry date,
  • authorization for restricted activities requiring advanced authorization, and
  • conditions on practice.

Questions about about registration?

Contact Registration through ask CLPNA
or call 1-800-661-5877.