Apply in this
category if you graduated from a BCCNM-recognized practical nursing program.
Fill in all the fields
Remember your email address and password. (You will use them every time you sign in.)
Write down your BCCNM ID number. (You will need it for verifying your registration on the Public Register.)
Sign in to your BCCNM account with the email address and password you used to create an account.
Complete the online application form by:
Verifying the information you provided when you created your BCCNM account
Choosing whether you wish to apply for provisional registration
Consenting to a criminal record check
Providing information related to your fitness to practise nursing
Providing information related to your character
Providing information related to all of your nursing education
Consenting to the exam
Providing details about any other applications for registration in Canada or internationally
Acknowledging that you have read and understand all of the consent requirements
Declare the completeness, truth and accuracy of the information you submit
BCCNM accepts the following payment methods:
Credit card (VISA and MasterCard)
Pre-authorized payment plan (PAP) for registration renewal only
If you applied for provisional registration, we will notify you after steps 5 and 6 if you are approved and how to submit the applicable payment.
Go to the Registrar’s Office at your school to request your official transcript be sent directly to BCCNM
Visit a lawyer or notary public to request that he or she notarizes your identity documents (two valid government issued IDs, e.g., driver’s licence, BC Services Card, passport, etc.). One ID must include a picture
Upload the notarized identity documents as scanned PDFs or as photos (.jpg or .png files) in the application
Request English language test results be sent directly to BCCNM (if applicable)
We will begin the assessment of your application when we have received:
As we assess your application, we will send you updates by email and let you know if we need more information to complete the assessment.
When we assess your application for registration we consider the following:
When determining whether you are of good character, we review:
The circumstances around any previous criminal charges and/or convictions, the results of your criminal record check, and any other information you wish to have considered related to the same, if applicable
The completeness, correctness, and accuracy of the information you provided on the application form
Information related to other application(s) for registration, or previous registration history, if applicable
Information related to previous employment, or employment while holding interim registration, if applicable
When determining whether you are fit to engage in practical nursing practice, we review:
Self-disclosure of a physical or mental ailment, an emotional disturbance or an addiction to alcohol or drugs that could impair your ability to practise
Information from previous employer(s) disclosing the same, if applicable
Information regarding any previous registration cancellation or voluntary relinquishment of registration related to the same, if applicable
Information from treating physician(s) or specialist(s) who can provide an opinion as to your current health status, any recommendations for safe entrance into the profession, and your fitness to practise nursing (We only request this information in certain circumstances.)
Information submitted with a Request for Accommodation for the CPNRE®
We review information from your program about your knowledge, skills, attitudes, critical thinking, and clinical judgment to confirm you achieved the entry-to-practice competencies expected of LPNs in BC.
If English is not the first language you learned at home in childhood and the language primarily used for reading, writing, listening and speaking, you will be required to demonstrate your English language proficiency.
Once you have satisfactorily met all the requirements above, we will email you let you know which exam window you will be able to take the CPNRE®.
If we approved you for provisional registration, we include a link in the email to pay the applicable registration fee using your BCCNM online account. Once you receive an email from us confirming receipt of payment, check the Public Register to confirm your authorization to practise nursing.
You will receive an email from Pearson VUE inviting you to schedule your exam appointment. Carefully read the information in the email and follow the instructions to pay the test centre fee and schedule your exam appointment. You will be able to choose where (province and city) you would like to take the exam. In addition, you will have up to 20 dates to choose from when scheduling your exam date.
Review all exam related resources provided by Pearson VUE to familiarize yourself with the test centre, relevant test centre policies, and the Candidate Rules Agreement, which you will sign when you arrive at the testing centre to take the CPNRE®. On the day of your scheduled exam, make sure you arrive at your chosen test centre 30 minutes before the exam start time. Contact Pearson VUE for any questions about the testing centres, scheduling, cancelling, or rescheduling your exam.
BCCNM receives your exam results within one month of your exam date. Whether you passed or failed the exam, we will notify you of your results by email.
If you passed, the email will include a link to pay the practising registration fee (step 9).
If you failed, the email will include instructions about applying for the next exam and paying the applicable fees. You will not be able to move to step 9 until you have successfully completed the exam. If you fail the exam twice, your provisional registration will be cancelled.
The email with your exam results includes a link for paying the practising registration fee.
Sign in to your BCCNM account, and make a payment using one of the secure online payment options. Read more about
fees and payment options.
Once you pay the practising registration fee and before going to work as an LPN, check the Public Register to confirm BCCNM has authorized you to practise nursing.
Remember the expiry date of your registration. Without current registration, it is an offence under the Health Professions Act and a breach of the LPN Standards of Practice to use any variation of the LPN title or to practise nursing in BC. BCCNM charges a $300 fee for unregistered practice.