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Temporary emergency registration

Temporary emergency registration enables eligible individuals to register quickly on a short-term basis to assist with emergency health care response in BC. BCCNM is currently granting temporary emergency registration to assist with COVID-19 pandemic efforts.​

Practising registrants in BC do not need temporary emergency registration.​

Who can apply

  • Current non-practising registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) who are in good standing and meet the practice hours requirement
  • Former B.C. RPN registrants who are in good standing and meet the practice hours requirement 
  • RPNs with current practising registration in good standing in Canada
  • RPNs in the Canadian armed forces.
Not eligible
  • Internationally educated applicants who have not yet submitted an application and/or not met the requirements for practising registration in B.C.
  • 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 req​uirement 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 Commi​ttee matters.

  • Applicants who have been denied registration.

  • Nursing students

Registered nursing and psychiatric nursing students can apply to become employed student registrants to assist with pandemic response.

How to apply

Visit the temporary emergency registration application page​ and follow the instructions. ​​

Whe​​n will temporary emergency registration end?

​Temporary Emergency Registration is granted for periods of 180 days and will be automatically extended as long as the public health emergency remains in effect. BCCNM will work with government, the health authorities and other stakeholders to determine when to end temporary emergency registration. When BCCNM announces that TER is repealed, the registration of individuals holding TER will expire 15 days following the announcement. Current TERs will be communicated with directly to inform them of their updated registration expiry date.​

Te​​mporary emergency registration data

As of Jan. 31, 2023, 3,626 individuals hold temporary emergency registration. See the breakdown of that number by geographic area below:

Lower Mainland - Coastal
Geographic area1 Total by class Total by area
Lower Mainland – Coastal LPN = 10
NP = 0
RN = 117
RPN = 2
Lower Mainland - Fraser
Geographic area1 Total by class Total by area
Lower Mainland – Fraser LPN = 18
NP = 0
RN = 153
RPN = 7
Geographic area1 Total by class Total by area
Interior LPN = 19
NP = 0
RN = 117
RPN = 3
Vancouver Island
Geographic area1 Total by class Total by area
Vancouver Island LPN = 13
NP = 0
RN = 165
RPN = 1
Geographic area1 Total by class Total by area
North LPN = 8
NP = 0
RN = 24
RPN = 0
​​​​​Out of province
Geographic area1 Total by class Total by area
Out of province LPN = 860
NP = 1
RN = 2,091
RPN = 17



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.​