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How to apply

Applications for initial licensed practical nurse registration in British Columbia

​​Initial applications

The application process you will follow is determined by where you received your nursing education. These applications are for first-time applicants only; if you previously held licensed practical nurse (LPN) registration in British Columbia, learn how to reinstate your registration

B.C. graduates​

Apply as a B.C. graduate if you are graduating from a BCCNM-recognized practical nursing education program in British Columbia. In order to write the regulatory exam (REx-PN)​, you must submit an application for LPN registration.

Canadian nurses 

Apply as a Canadian LPN if you are currently or have previously been registered in another Canadian province or territory, or you recently graduated from a Canadian practical nursing education program outside of B.C.

​​Internationally-educated nurses​​

Internationally-educated LPNs who have never been registered in Canada may be eligible for registration in B.C. 

Temporary emergency registration

Temporary emergency registration enables former registrants and other qualified individuals to register quickly on a short-term basis to assist with emergency health care response​ in B.C. BCCNM is currently granting temporary emergency registration to assist with COVID-19 pandemic efforts. 

Registration resources

Complex applications and Registration Committee

Some applications are complex and require review and decision by the Registration Committee.