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Temporary registration

 Temporary registration

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 16, 2020 we made temporary emergency registration available to individuals who meet the registration criteria to ensure nursing resources are available to assist with health care system capacity. 

BCCNP's role

We are receiving a number of queries from individuals interested in helping out with the COVID-19 pandemic in the capacity of a licensed practice nurse, registered psychiatric nurse, registered nurse or nurse practitioner. We thank everyone who has expressed a willingness to serve in a regulated nursing position during this health pandemic.

BCCNP has been tasked by government with registering, as quickly as possible, those applicants who are currently eligible for practising registration. To be eligible for practising registration, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they currently meet all registration requirements.

Review the requirements carefully

Due to the volume of applications received, please do not apply for temporary registration unless you meet all the criteria. This will enable us to process applications for eligible individuals more efficiently.

Who can apply?
  • Current non-practising licensed practical nurses (LPN), nurse practitioners (NP), registered nurses (RNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) who are in good standing and meet the practice hours requirement
  • Former LPN, NP, RN and RPN registrants who are in good standing and meet the practice hours requirement 
  • LPNs, RNs and RPNs with current practicing registration in good standing in Canada
  • LPNs, NPs, RNs and RPNs in the Canadian armed forces.

Please note: While nursing students are not eligible for temporary emergency registration, BCCNP will be taking steps to ensure that students are able to participate in pandemic response as required. Learn more.

Who is NOT eligible to apply?
  • Internationally educated applicants who have not yet submitted an application and/or not met the requirements for practising registration in BC
  • Applicants whose record with the College includes evidence of not meeting the good character, fitness or competence to practice requirements
  • Applicants who have not yet passed the exam requirement for the nursing role they are applying for (but may be eligible for provisional registration, if the exam is the only requirement outstanding).
  • Applicants who have outstanding Inquiry Committee matters.
  • Applicants who have been denied registration.

 How to apply

If you meet criteria for temporary emergency registration and would like to apply, please complete the emergency temporary registration form below and email it to

Practising registrants do not need to apply for temporary emergency registration.

Apply for emergency temporary registration


Why do I have to meet the practice hours requirement in order to apply for temporary registration?

​Even during emergencies, we need to maintain requirements to ensure  that registered individuals are able to practice safely and competently in the current and rapidly changing health care environment.

Learn more about the practice hours requirement for each nursing designation.

 Practice hours

To be eligible for BCCNP emergency practising registration, you must meet the following practice hours for your respective nursing designation:

  • Licensed practical nurse
    1,125 hours in the past 5 years
  • Nurse practitioner
    900 hours in the past 3 years
  • Registered nurse
    1,125 hours in the past 5 years
  • Registered psychiatric nurse
    1,400 hours in the past 5 years