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What's new for renewal 2020: RPNs

Dec 5, 2019

Registration renewal for registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) starts January 2, 2020. Here’s what you need to know: ​​

Registration renewal deadline​

Registration renewal deadline: Friday, Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m.

Registration renewal closes at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 (or Feb. 29 in a leap year), unless the date falls on the weekend or a holiday. In that case, the renewal deadline is 4:30 p.m. on the last weekday of the month. ​

This year, February 29 falls on a Saturday. This means registration renewal will end on Friday, Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m. As always, we recommend you submit your completed application and payment well in advance of the Feb. 28 deadline in order to maintain your registration.

Learn more about registration renewal


As we shared in October, registration fees for 2020-21 are increasing. For RPNs, this includes the payment for professional liability protection ($50.40 annually), which BCCNP collects on behalf of CNPS. RPNs have been covered by CNPS professional liability protection since Nov. 1, 2018; the first year of coverage was paid by BCCNP with proceeds from the sale of the CRPNBC office.​ Learn more about fees.

New Quality Assurance requirements

BCCNP has introduced new Quality Assurance requirements for RPNs. The biggest change? All practising and provisional RPN registrants will complete a self-assessment when completing their renewal application. Learn more.

New questions for 2020

In partnership and collaboration with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), BCCNP has been asked to support the data collection of current and future BC First Nations and other Aboriginal health professionals in B.C. Registrants will have the option of answering two questions on their registration renewal application in 2020:

  • “Do you identify as an Aboriginal person, that is, First Nations, Métis or Inuit?” and
  • “If you identify as an Aboriginal person, are you First Nations, Métis or Inuit?”​

Learn more

Voluntary association membership​

In 2020, the provincial nursing association Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC) is moving to a voluntary membership model. NNPBC membership will be optional for all B.C. nurses. NPs, RNs and RPNs will have the opportunity to purchase their NNPBC membership – which includes Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) membership – when they renew their registration. If selected, the NNPBC membership fee of $129.83 will be added to the registrant’s invoice. Learn more.

Returning or leaving practice in 2020: Fee changes and resources

Effective March 1, 2020, reinstatement applications to practising registration will cost $225+GST, an increase of $125+GST for NPs, RNs and RPNs. This aligns the cost of reinstating across the nursing designations, and reflects the work associated with assessing applications to ensure individuals returning to practice are able to practise safely, competently and ethically. Refund processing (when a registrant requests to cancel registration) will be reduced from $100+GST to $75+GST.

If you are leaving or returning to practice during renewal or at some point during 2020, check out the changing your registration status during renewal page​ to learn more about your options.​


Get in touch with the Registration Services team by emailing register​​​ or calling 604.742.6200.