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Certified practice

BCCNM registers RNs in the following practice areas: Remote Nursing, RN First Call, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Contraceptive Management, Opioid Use Disorder.


Certified practice area​s

Certified practices are restricted activities that can only be performed by nurse practitioners and registered nurses who have been certified by BCCNM. Certified practice is offered in the following areas:

  • RN first call
  • Remote nursing 
  • Sexually transmitted infections - reproductive health
  • Contraceptive management - reproductive health
  • Opioid use disorder  ​​​ new

Initial registration

To be eligible for BCCNM-certified practice designation, with the exception of opioid use disorder, either coursework or practice experience will be considered. Learn more about recognized certified practice courses​.​ Your options will depend on your current registration status. ​​
I am a registered nurse practising in British Columbia
I am a registered nurse practising in another Canadian jurisdiction​
Option 1: Coursework

  • If you have never worked in the certified practice area, you must successfully complete a BCCNM-recognized education program/course (including an exit evaluation).
Option 2: Practice experience​

  • If you have worked in the certified practice area, complete and submit the application for certified practice registration and have your employer complete the appropriate employer reference form: Remote certified practice​, reproductive health, or RN first call​
  • If approved, you will be sent an email confirming your eligibility to challenge the exit evaluation. Present the email to the appropriate BCCNM-recognized course and arrange to complete the exit evaluation.
  • Upon successful completion of the exit evaluation, apply using the application form for certified practice registration​

Opioid Use Disorder

To be eligible for BCCNM-certified practice designation in opioid use disorder, you must successfully complete a BCCNM-recognized education/course (includes online course, workbook and in-person preceptorship).

Prescribing authority

To be eligible for prescribing authority, you must successfully complete a BCCNM-recognized education/course.

*Note: The application for certified practice registration​ will be updated to include prescribing authority once the UNBC prescribing course is available.​ 

Renewing and maintaining eligibility​

​​To maintain your certified practice designation, you must:

  • Have practiced in the certified practice area in the previous three-year period
  • Include at least one example related to certified practice in your self-assessment and in your professional development plan.
  • Renew your certified practice​ annually

Re-applying for certified practice

If you don't meet the Quality Assurance requirements you will not be eligible for certified practice designation. To be eligible again, you will need to complete a recognized education program/course​.​​​​


​Please visit the Fees page for updated fees under "initial application fees". ​