Apply in this
category if you are currently or previously registered in another Canadian
jurisdiction, or completed an education program in the other Canadian
The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) is resuming normal operations following a closure due to a cyber security incident. Applicants who are currently or were previously registered in Ontario may experience delays in the assessment of their application if we have not received your registration verification from CNO. Visit the CNO website for updates.
Submit payment using one of the secure online payment options. Read more about fees and payment options.
BCCNP 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:
There are a few ways of showing competence to practice, including successful completion of one of the following, in the last five years:
If you were not educated in Canada and are applying from a Canadian jurisdiction with different requirements for demonstrating substantial equivalent competence then BCCNP, and have not practised as an LPN or completed additional recognized practical nursing education, you will be required to undergo a competence assessment and/or additional training, experience or examination to be eligible for registration 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. All Canadian nursing regulators have the same English language proficiency requirements, so by meeting the requirements in another jurisdiction, you will be considered to have met this requirement for registration with BCCNP. However, if there is any indication during the assessment of your application that your proficiency is not conducive to safe practice, we will require an English language test.
Visit the English Language Proficiency page for more information on meeting this requirement.
Once we determine you have met all the requirements and are ready to grant registration, we will notify you by email. You will then be asked to sign in to your BCCNP account, and make a payment using one of the secure online payment options.
Once you pay the practising registration fee and before going to work as an LPN in BC, 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.