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.
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
national nursing exam (CPNRE), you must submit an application for LPN registration.
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 LPNs who have never been registered in Canada may be eligible for registration in B.C. Important: Before starting a BCCNM application you must first apply to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS).