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Registration fees for 2020-21


Oct 1, 2019

​​​BCCNP registration renewal fees are increasing for 2020-21. Practising registrants will see a 7% increase in their BCCNP registration renewal fees. However, registered nurses and nurse practitioners will pay less overall due to the end of mandatory association fee collection. Licensed practical nurses will pay more due to the 14-month registration period, and registered psychiatric nurses will begin paying their CNPS liability protection in 2020-21.

 
A full breakdown of 2020-21 fees is available in the ​fees section​.

 

What this means for practising registrants​

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs)

Yo​u will pay a total of $497.25 for 14 months of registration in 2020-21

  • Your BCCNP registration fee will increase by $30.37, a 7% increase.
  • You will pay for two additional months (14 months total) of registration in order to move the LPN renewal period to January/February for 2021 to align with the other nursing designations ($69.03). Learn more about this change.

You can view all the fee changes on the LPN fee page.

Nurse practitioners (NPs)

You will pay a total of $886.53 to renew your registration for 2020-21, a reduction of $22.43 or 2.5%

  • Your BCCNP registration fee will increase by $49.27 to $719.05, a 7% increase.
  • Your CNPS professional liability protection fee will increase by $38.85 (30%), bringing your total CNPS fee to $167.48. BCCNP collects this fee on behalf of CNPS.
  • You will not pay the Association of Registered Nurses of BC (ARNBC) fee. The mandatory fee collection agreement with ARNBC ends Dec. 31, 2019. Becoming a member of Nurses and Nurse Practitioners BC (NNPBC), the provincial nursing association, is now voluntary. For 2020-21, you will have the option to purchase NNPBC membership in your renewal application for an additional $129.83. Learn more.

You can view all the fee changes on the NP fee page.

Registered nurses (RNs)

You will pay a total of $550.45 to renew your registration for 2020-21, a reduction of $78.98 or 12.5%.

  • Your BCCNP registration fee will increase by $31.57 to $500.05, a 7% increase.
  • Your CNPS professional liability protection fee remains unchanged at $50.40. BCCNP collects this fee on behalf of CNPS.
  • You will not pay the Association of Registered Nurses of BC (ARNBC) fee. The mandatory fee collection agreement with ARNBC ends Dec. 31, 2019. Becoming a member of Nurses and Nurse Practitioners BC (NNPBC), the provincial nursing association, is now voluntary. For 2020-21, you will have the option to purchase NNPBC membership in your renewal application for an additional $129.83. Learn more.

You can view all the fee changes on the RN fee page.

Registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs)

You will pay a total of $550.45 to renew your registration for 2020-21

  • Your BCCNP registration fee will increase by $31.57 to $500.05, a 7% increase.
  • Starting in 2020, you will pay $50.40 annually for professional liability protection, which BCCNP collects on behalf of CNPS. Last year, BCCNP paid your CNPS fee with proceeds from the sale of the CRPNBC office.
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC) is the provincial nursing association. For 2020-21, you will have the option to purchase NNPBC membership in your renewal application for $129.83, in addition to your registration fees. Learn more.

You can view all the fee changes on the RPN fee page.

Total practising registrant fee by designation

LPNRPNRNNP
BCCNP fee$497.25*$500.05$500.05$719.05
CNPS liability protection
(RPN, RN, + NP only)
n/a**$50.40 incl. tax$50.40 incl. tax$167.48 incl. tax
Total fee $497.25 $550.45 $550.45 $886.53
*LPNs will pay for 14 months of registration in order to align the registration periods of all nursing designations to January/February.
**LPN liability insurance fees are included in the LPN BCCNP registration fee
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Other fee changes

Application fees, processing fees and surcharges will also increase to varying degrees as we harmonize fees across the nursing designations and adjust costs based on regulatory work required. You can view all current and future fees in the fees section; the fee changes relevant to current registrants include:

Reinstatement application fee

Reinstatement applications to practising registration will cost $225+GST, an increase of $25+GST for LPNs and 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 practice safely, competently and ethically.

The college will begin charging this fee on the following dates:

  • LPNs: January 1, 2020
  • NPs, RNs and RPNs: March 1, 2020
Refund processing fee

Refund processing fee of $75+GST will be charged when registrant cancels their registration and is eligible for a pro-rated refund on the remainder of their fees for the registration year. This fee is new for LPNs, who as of Jan. 1, 2020, will be eligible to get refunds if they cancel their registration. For NPs, RNs and RPNs, the refund processing fee replaces the $100+GST change status fee. 

Reinstatement surcharge (Unregistered practice)

The surcharge for unregistered practice will increase from $300+GST to $325+GST. The unregistered practice surcharge is applied when an individual practises nursing without valid BCCNP practising registration.

Certified practice application

For RNs and NPs that wish to apply for certified practice, there will now be a $50 application charge per designation.

Why is an increase necessary?

Over the last five years, the cost of health profession regulation has increased substantially in B.C. and across Canada, while registration fees have not increased at the same rate. The increase in this core regulatory work has also required additional investments in other departments to support human resources, communication, and information systems.

BCCNP is still adjusting fees to reflect the increase in costs related to core regulatory compliance activities, including:

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A significant increase in complaints of increasingly serious misconduct and incompetence that lead to more complex investigations, public outcomes and disciplinary hearings.

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New or more complex entry-level nursing programs to review

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The development of new registration exams like the REx-PN New exam

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More complex registration files, resulting in more investigations, increased need for specialized skills, hearings and legal support.

​At the same time, BCCNP continues to do the work required to become an amalgamated organization. That includes creating new processes, developing new or updating existing systems, and optimizing our staffing to effectively protect the public. 

Questions? Comments?

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