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What's new for registration renewal in 2021: RPNs

Dec 7, 2020

The registration renewal period for nurses is on its way; read on for the information you need to know for renewal this year.

Renewal deadline: Friday, February 26 at 4:30 p.m.

The registration renewal deadline will be 4:30 p.m. on February 26, rather than February 28 this year. Ensure you complete your application early!

  • Renewal open: Monday, January 4, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Renewal deadline: Friday, February 26 at 4:30 p.m.

Why the renewal deadline is early this year

Registration renewal closes at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 unless the deadline falls on the weekend (as it does this year). In this situation, the renew deadline is 4:30 p.m. on the last weekday of the month. 

Below are some additional items you need to be aware of as you prepare to renew your registration:

Professional liability protection and association membership
BCCNM is transferring responsibility for the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) professional liability protection (PLP) to Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC), the provincial nursing association, on March 1, 2021. Learn more about this change and costs​​.

If you are a practising RPN​ you will still pay for your PLP during registration renewal, but you will now have two options:
  1. Joining NNPBC and obtaining CNPS PLP at the preferential group rate, or
  2. Obtaining your professional liability protection as an independent beneficiary and paying the individual rate.
Need more information? Check out the professional liability protection section​ on our website to find out what’s changing (and what’s not), breakdown of your options, and frequently asked questions.
Registered psychiatric nurses will see an​ increase for 2021-22; you will pay $558.36 in registration fees for a 13-month registration year, plus CNPS professional liability protection (and association membership if chosen). Read the fee summary to learn more about the details​.​

Credit card fee

Please note: This fee is being temporarily deferred and will not be charged during renewal. Learn more. ​
Starting in January 2021, payments made by Mastercard or Visa will have a 2.5% convenience fee added directly by the credit card processor. The fee is applied to help offset credit card fees by individuals who choose to use this method of payment. This fee is paid directly to the credit card companies and/or Moneris. Learn more about other payment options. ​
13-month registration year
When you renew in January/February 2021, you will renew for 13 months. Once renewed, your registration will be valid until March 31, 2022. The future renewal registration year will then revert back to a 12-month period.

W​hy this is happening

This change will move registration renewal further away from the busy holiday period, based on consistent feedback from nurse registrants. Learn more.
Renewal receipts by email
After you submit your renewal application and pay your fees, we will send you your renewal receipt by email within 24 hours. You no longer need to download your renewal receipt from your BCCNM account.

Please note: You will still be required to log in to your BCCNM account and download your 2020 tax receipt. Tax receipts will become available in January.
Registration fee rebate: Sharing information with BCNU (optional)
If you are a member of the BC Nurses’ Union (BCNU) and are covered by the Nurses’ Bargaining Association (NBA) collective agreement, you may be eligible for a $215 reimbursement on your renewal fees. Learn more about the reimbursement from BCNU.

This year within the renewal application, BCNU members will have the option to consent to BCCNM sharing your personal information with BCNU for reimbursement purposes. If you are a BCNU member and choose this option, you will not need to provide your registration receipt as proof of registration when you apply to BCNU for the reimbursement.

Need more information about registration renewal?

Check out the How to Renew section on our website for more information and frequently asked questions.

Renewal support during the pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BCCNM offices remain closed to walk-ins and we expect this to be the case throughout the renewal period. While we will not be able to assist you in-person, you will be able to reach us by phone at 604.742.6200 (1.866.880.7101 toll-free in Canada) or by email at​.​