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Updated practice hours requirement better reflects NP practice

Nov 3, 2022

Nurse practitioners must practise a minimum of 900 hours in the last three years in order to renew their registration. While this requirement has not changed, we have updated the type of hours that can be counted to better reflect the varied roles that nurse practitioners practise in today. 

Former requirement
New requirement
A minimum of 900 direct clinical practice hours in the three years preceding renewal
A minimum of 900 practice hours in the three years preceding renewal, including​ at least 300 direct clinical practice hours

This change enables a nurse practitioner practising with NP scope in areas including administration, education, and research to also count their work toward their practice hours requirement, in addition to direct clinical practice.

We encourage NPs to visit the nurse practitioner practice hours page on our website for more information about kind of activities can and cannot be counted toward the practice hours requirement, as well as questions and answers about the change. 


Please contact BCCNM Registration Services at​ or 604.742.6200.  

900 – 200 Granville St
Vancouver, BC  V6C 1S4

​Toll-free 1.866.880.7101 (within Canada only) ​

With great respect, we acknowledge that BCCNM’s office is located on the unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking peoples – xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-ulh Sníchim speaking peoples - Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.​