LPN News

June 5, 2023 | Public, Applicants

Internationally Educated Nurses Can Now Apply Directly to the CLPNA

To support a transparent, objective, and fair registration process, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) is implementing a new pathway for accepting Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) applications. 

IENs are now able to apply for registration directly with the CLPNA. This is a new pathway that will provide an additional option for IENs to become registered as Alberta LPNs. Implementing this process will help strengthen CLPNA’s service delivery as a regulator. 

Under this application pathway, IENs can elect to submit documentation directly to the CLPNA. To apply, IENs will need to submit the required documents outlined in the updated Declarations and Registration Requirements Policy. 

Declarations and Registration Requirements Policy 

Once submitted, the CLPNA will evaluate an applicant’s education and experience to become an Alberta LPN. 

The CLPNA sets registration requirements for the purpose of protecting public safety. We may request additional documentation or refer the applicant to additional assessments or learning in order to satisfy registration requirements. 

If the CLPNA approves an IEN applicant, that applicant may have provisional registration for one year and can begin working immediately while preparing to take the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE). 

The CLPNA continues to accept assessments from the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). Assessments through the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) will be accepted when that program launches. 




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