An LPN holding practising registration can provide practical nursing services to clients in B.C., and use the title Licensed Practical Nurse, Practical Nurse, Nurse or LPN. Practising registration expires on December 31 of each year. LPNs must renew before Dec. 31 to continue practising in BC.
BBCNP may grant practising registration if you have:
An LPN holding provisional registration can provide practical nursing services to clients in B.C. subject to any limits and/or conditions imposed by the registration committee. These registrants may use the title licensed practical nurse (provisional), provisional LPN, provisional nurse, or LPN(P). It is granted to qualified applicants who have outstanding registration requirements to meet. Those granted provisional registration are assigned specific conditions that must be met to be eligible for practising LPN registration.
A non-practising LPN cannot work, volunteer nor practise practical nursing in BC. Non-practising registration expires on Dec. 31 of each year. Non-practising LPNs must renew before Dec. 31 of each year to stay on the BCCNP public register. Non-practising LPNs continue to receive important messages from BCCNP about LPN practice in BC. Non-practising registrants can use the title “non-practising licensed practical nurse” or “non-practising LPN”.
BCCNP may grant non-practising registration if you:
IMPORTANT NOTE: To change your registration from non-practising to practising after 2018, BCCNP requires you to have worked 1,125 hours within the last five years. See the LPN Practice Hours for more information.
BCCNP may grant temporary registration if there is a natural disaster/catastrophic event in B.C. and the public needs the services of additional LPNs. An LPN holding temporary registration may use the title Temporary Licensed Practical Nurse or LPN (T). BCCNP can grant temporary registration for up to 90 days. If the emergency continues, the registration may be renewed.
In an emergency, BCCNP may grant temporary registration if you:
Apply for Temporary (emergency) registration
Temporary (special event) registration can be issued for up to 90 days to qualified Canadian licensed practical nurses participating in a special event. A
is a non-routine activity that is time limited, such as a conference or special gathering of people, or a clinical education program. Application process is currently under development. Contact