Apply in this
category if you graduated from a BCCNP-recognized practical nursing program.
If you applied for provisional registration, we will notify you after steps 5 and 6 if you are approved and how to submit the applicable payment.
We will begin the assessment of your application when we have received:
As we assess your application, we will send you updates by email and let you know if we need more information to complete the assessment.
When we assess your application for registration we consider the following:
When determining whether you are of good character, we review:
When determining whether you are fit to engage in practical nursing practice, we review:
We review information from your program about your knowledge, skills, attitudes, critical thinking, and clinical judgment to confirm you achieved the entry-to-practice competencies expected of LPNs in BC.
If English is not the first language you learned at home in childhood and the language primarily used for reading, writing, listening and speaking, you will be required to demonstrate your English language proficiency.
Once you have satisfactorily met all the requirements above, we will email you let you know which exam window you will be able to take the CPNRE®.
If we approved you for provisional registration, we include a link in the email to pay the applicable registration fee using your BCCNP online account. Once you receive an email from us confirming receipt of payment, check the Public Register to confirm your authorization to practise nursing.
You will receive an email from Pearson VUE inviting you to schedule your exam appointment. Carefully read the information in the email and follow the instructions to pay the test centre fee and schedule your exam appointment. You will be able to choose where (province and city) you would like to take the exam. In addition, you will have up to 20 dates to choose from when scheduling your exam date.
Review all exam related resources provided by Pearson VUE to familiarize yourself with the test centre, relevant test centre policies, and the Candidate Rules Agreement, which you will sign when you arrive at the testing centre to take the CPNRE®. On the day of your scheduled exam, make sure you arrive at your chosen test centre 30 minutes before the exam start time. Contact Pearson VUE for any questions about the testing centres, scheduling, cancelling, or rescheduling your exam.
BCCNP receives your exam results within one month of your exam date. Whether you passed or failed the exam, we will notify you of your results by email.
If you passed, the email will include a link to pay the practising registration fee (step 9).
If you failed, the email will include instructions about applying for the next exam and paying the applicable fees. You will not be able to move to step 9 until you have successfully completed the exam. If you fail the exam twice, your provisional registration will be cancelled.
The email with your exam results includes a link for paying the practising registration fee. Sign in to your BCCNP account, and make a payment using one of the secure online payment options. Read more about fees and payment options.
Once you pay the practising registration fee and before going to work as an LPN, check the Public Register to confirm BCCNP has authorized you to practise nursing.
Remember the expiry date of your registration. Without current registration, it is an offence under the Health Professions Act and a breach of the LPN Standards of Practice to use any variation of the LPN title or to practise nursing in BC. BCCNP charges a $300 fee for unregistered practice.