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Practice hours


The LPN quality assurance program introduced a nursing practice hours requirement to LPNs in January 2014. 

To retain practising registration, LPNs must work a minimum of 1,125 practice hours within the five-year period immediately preceding each registration renewal. This minimum number of hours is one indicator that LPNs are maintaining their currency in practice.

All practising LPNs must keep a record of the number of hours they practised as an LPN from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 each year. At registration renewal, LPNs will report to the college the number of practice hours they accumulated during the year. 

​What are nursing pra​​​ctice hours? 

Nursing practice hours involve applying LPN competencies for clinical practice, education, administration or research. 

LPNs can count nursing practice hours if: 

  • They have successfully completed a recognized practical nursing program;
  • They have successfully completed a supervised practice experience pre-approved by the BCCNP Registration Committee;
  • They have successfully  completed an approved competency assessment and any required education as identified by the BCCNP Registration Committee;

OR

  • They held practising registration with a nursing regulatory body in the jurisdiction where the hours were acquired; and
  • They worked in an LPN role; and 
  • Their role substantially involved providing services within the definition of LPN practice; and 
  • They practised according to the LPN Standards of Practice. 

Practice hours may be acquired through: 

  • Paid employment in an LPN role 
  • Self-employment in an LPN role 
  • Professional development activities, such as structured education (e.g., a workshop, a course or program of study) undertaken as part of and relevant to their LPN position(s) 
  • Regulatory college/nursing union/association work 
  • Committee work Volunteer work in an LPN role

*Nursing practice hours should not be confused with seniority hours in a union. 

LPNs can count only those hours that they actually worked. They may not count: 

  • time absent from work for reasons such as sickness, vacation, maternity, education, disability or another type of leave
  • professional development activities undertaken independently 
  • hours worked in a role that does not require LPN registration (e.g., care aide, housekeeper, dietary aide, emergency medical technician, registered nurse, registered psychiatric nurse) 
  • on-call hours (but not actually working) 
  • hours worked in a job predominantly selling products 
  • time spent caring for family members​

 Check your practice hours

​​If you want to review your self-reported practice hours, sign in​ to your BCCNP account and click "practice hours" under Quality Assurance.

 Questions?

If after reviewing this information you are unsure whether your hours count as the practice of nursing, email qualityLPN@bccnp.ca

If you won’t accumulate 1,125 nursing practice hours by next registration renewal, contact the registration team at registerLPN@bccnp.ca or 604.742.6200 (1.866.880.7101 toll-free).​​​

 Supervised practice experience

​​If you do not meet the practice hours requirement, you may be eligible for supervised practice experience. Learn more.​