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2021-22 registration fees: Licensed practical nurses

Oct 29, 2020

Practising LPN registration fees

In 2021-22, practising LPNs will pay $514.80 in BC College of Nursing and Midwives (BCCNM) registration fees for 13 months of registration. This includes:


A fee increase of $47.45 or 11%.


A one-time cost of $40.30 to pay for an extra month of registration to move the renewal period to February/March for 2022.


Note: This is a $17.55 increase over what LPNs paid in 2020-21 for 14 months of registration

Non-practising LPN registration fees

BCCNM registration fees for non-practising LPN registration will increase to $102.96. This includes a $3.65 (3%) increase, and $8.06 for an additional month of registration. 

Why is a fee increase necessary

As a not-for-profit organization, BCCNM aims to set fees on cost-recovery basis. Financial analysis has shown that the current LPN registration fee does not cover the cost of regulating LPNs. This fee increase brings the LPN fee into closer alignment with the actual costs of regulation, and proactively manages costs that include:


New regulatory work: BCCNM’s regulatory role continues to expand as we respond to system initiatives such as the expansion of LPN scope or the recommendations from the Investigation into Systemic Racism Against Indigenous Peoples in the BC Healthcare System.


The unexpected: While the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced planned spending on activities not currently moving forward, it has also increased unanticipated spending to respond to the pandemic, including the temporary shift to employees working from home, and the cost of managing temporary emergency registrants. It is unclear how the pandemic may affect our regulatory work moving forward


Improving regulatory outcomes: We continue to move forward on initiatives such as the new LPN entry to practice exam, harmonizing standards across nursing designations, and integration of cultural safety and humility within our governance and operational structures.


Improving operational efficiency: Following the amalgamation of the nursing and midwifery regulators, planning is underway to design new business processes and improve IT systems

Other changes

BCNU college registration fee reimbursement

Nurses who are members of the BC Nurses’ Union (BCNU) and are covered by the Nurses’ Bargaining Association (NBA) collective agreement may be eligible for a $215 reimbursement of their annual college registration renewal fee. This year on their registration renewal application, eligible registrants can consent to BCCNM sharing their personal information with BCNU for reimbursement purposes. If a registrant chooses this option, they will no longer need to provide their registration receipt as proof of registration when they apply to BCNU for the reimbursement. 

Application fees

BCCNM application fees are being adjusted to reflect the cost of the work required to assess applications, including applications assessment fees for reinstatement to practising registration will increase by $5 to $230 to align with the application fee for initial registration for BC graduates.

Credit card fee

Please note: This fee is being temporarily deferred and will not be charged during renewal. Learn more. ​
BCCNM pays credit card fees on every transaction where a credit card is used for payment. This amounts to approximately $750,000 a year in credit card fees. Starting in January 2021, payments made by Mastercard or Visa will have a 2.5% convenience fee added directly by the credit card processor. Direct debit and pre-authorized payment are available as additional payment options.


For a full list of BCCNM fees, please visit the LPN fees page. If you have questions about 2021-22 registration fees, please contact us at or 604.742.6200.