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Registration renewal alignment: 14-month registration for LPNs


Sep 23, 2019

When BCCNP was established in September 2018, we maintained the registration renewal periods of the legacy colleges (CLPNBC, CRNBC and CRPNBC). Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) renew their registration in November and December, and nurse practitioners (NPs), registered nurses (RNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) renew during the months of January and February.

In 2021, the LPN renewal period will move from November/December to January/February. This change will align the registration periods for all nursing designations.

How we’ll get there

This year, LPN registration renewal will still occur in November and December 2019. But instead of renewing for 12 months, LPNs will renew for 14 months. This means that:

  • The LPN registration fee will cover 14 months of registration instead of 12 months.
  • When LPNs renew by December 31, 2019, their registration will be valid from January 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021.

The renewal period for nurse practitioners, registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses will not change.

Why we’re doing this

Harmonizing the registration renewal periods and registration year for all nursing designations will help us make better use of resources, and addresses feedback about moving LPN renewal out of the busy holiday season.

Answers for Licensed Practical Nurses

Is my current registration expiry changing?

No. If you are a practising or non-practising LPN, your 2019 registration will expire on December 31, 2019. You will need to renew your registration in order to continue working on or after January 1, 2020.

Will I pay more this year?

Yes. LPNs will be paying for an additional two months of registration.

Do I have to tell my employer about these changes?

You are not obligated to, but you may wish to inform your employer as a courtesy. After you renew, your new expiry date of February 28, 2021 will show on the Nurse Verification tool. It is your employer's responsibility to verify that their nurse employees hold practising registration. It is your responsibility to ensure you only practise when you are authorized to do so.

We will also be sharing the change of renewal and registration expiry dates with employers through our employer newsletter, Regulation Matters.

Questions?

Please contact us at registerlpn@bccnp.ca or 604.742.6200 (1.866.880.7101 toll-free).