The College of Licensed Practical Nurses is one of 22 regulatory colleges governed by the Health Professions Act.

CLPNBC regulates nurses by setting standards, supporting LPNs to meet standards and acting if LPNs do not meet these standards. 

Our Mission

Regulating licensed practical nurses in the public interest.

Our Vision

Building excellence in licensed practical nurse regulation.

Our Values

CLPNBC is committed to being:

  • transparent
  • accountable
  • relevant
  • collaborative
  • respectful
  • fair

Our Organization

CLPNBC is made up of two separate yet interdependent entities: the Board and the staff:


The Board governs, controls and administers the affairs of CLPNBC in accordance with the Health Professions Act. The Board also establishes and monitors governance policies.

Read more on CLPNBC's Board.


The Chief Executive Officer is the only employee of the Board and is responsible for the administration of CLPNBC. The Chief Executive Officer reports directly to the Board.

CLPNBC staff report to the Chief Executive Officer. Board decisions are given to the Chief Executive Officer, who is responsible for ensuring that they are implemented by the staff.

Legislation and Regulation

CLPNBC is a regulatory organization established by the provincial government. It is required to operate within the parameters of several legislative structures.

Read more about the legislation that governs CLPNBC.

History of CLPNBC

In 1996, the Council of LPNs in BC was designated under the Health Professions Act and its name was changed to the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC. CLPNBC is now recognized as a professional regulatory organization, and its registrants as health-care professionals.

Learn more about the history of LPNs in Canada and BC