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Unregistered practice

Learn the facts about practising without valid BCCNP registration

​To work as a nursing professional in B.C., an individual must hold current practising registration with BCCNP. ​

If you work without registration, even accidentally, you’re taking a risk that can impact you professionally and financially. Here’s what you need to know:

You’re not covered by professional liability protection

Only practising registrants are eligible for professional liability protection​. If you practise without protection, you are opening yourself up to personal financial risk if there is a lawsuit stemming from your nursing practice during that period.

Additional fees

If you forget to renew your registration and work on or after the renewal period, you will pay additional fees and surcharges. Along with reinstating your registration and paying your registration fees, you’ll have to pay:

  • change status (RN/RPN/NP)/reinstatement fee (LPN)
  • $300+GST unregistered practice status change/reinstatement surcharge

For more information about fees, ​visit the Fees section and look at "other fees."

Committee review

Applicants who practise without registration may be referred to the Registration Committee for review. While under review, applicants are not eligible to practice until they have satisfied the committee that all requirements to reinstate registration have been met. ​​​​​​​​