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Changing your registration status during renewal


​Leaving practice/maternity leave

If you are currently a practising registrant and will be taking a leave (or maternity leave) from nursing in 2020,​ your options depend on your return-to-work date.

Important:

  • ​If your leave from practice/maternity leave starts AFTER March 1, 2020, you must renew. After your leave starts, you can apply for a pro-rated refund on your registration fees.
  • You do not need to convert to non-practising registration while you are on leave. 
  • The process to reinstate to practising registration is the same, regardless of whether you hold non-practising registration or you let your registration lapse.​ 
  • After March 1, 2020, the reinstatement application fee will be $225+GST. Scroll down for more details about the reinstatement process.

 If you are leaving practice before March 1, 2020 and returning to work:

BEFORE August 31, 2020
  • ​If you will be returning to practice before August 31, 2020, your most economical option is to renew your registration before February 28, 2020. 
  • While there is no requirement for you to maintain your registration while on leave, you will pay more if you let your registration lapse and reinstate (your pro-rated registration fee + a $225+GST reinstatement application fee). 

View the RPN leaving practice decision tree​​

ON or AFTER August 31, 2020
  • ​If you will be returning to practice on or after August 31, 2020, your most economical option is to let your registration lapse.
  • The money you will save will offset the cost of reinstating your registration when you are ready to return to work.
  • There is no BCCNP requirement for you to maintain your registration while on leave (check with your employer for specific requirements if going on disability).  ​​

View the RPN leaving practice decision tree​​

Returning to practice 

If you cancelled your registration before you went on leave (including maternity leave) and are gearing up to return to practice, you have a few options based on your return to work date. 

Please submit your reinstatement application at least two weeks before your return to work date.​ ​

Reinstatement applications take longer to process because we need to review when you last practised, as well as evidence of good character, fitness to practice and competency requirements. ​​​

Submitting an application does not mean you can work

You cannot return to work until you have received a confirmation email from BCCNP that you have been granted practising registration. After your reinstatement is approved, your updated status will also be listed on our nurse verification tool​. ​

Before February 28, 2020

​​You must apply to reinstate your practising registration (and recieve confirmation of reinstatement)​, and then complete a renewal application.

Apply as early as possible to ensure you have time to reinstate your registration and then renew.

On March 1, 2020

​Apply to reinstate your practising registration with the start date of March 1, 2020.

After March 1, 2020

Apply to reinstate your practising registration for your return to work date.

 Reinstatement fee changes

​​​Effective March 1, 2020, reinstatement applications to practising registration will cost $225+GST. Refund processing (when a registrant requests to cancel registration) will be reduced from $100+GST to $75+GST. These changes have been factored into the information on this page.

 Leaving practice due to disability/illness

​Check with your employer and/or disability insurance company before you make changes to your status. Some disability carriers or employers may require you to maintain practising registration to receive benefits.​