Myth Busters


 Separate fact from fiction here!


Click on each statement to find out the truth.

• BC LPNs have to write a re-qualification exam every three years.

False! BC LPNs are not required to write a re-qualification exam every three years. As part of CLPNBC’s Quality Assurance Program, all registrants who hold practising registration are assigned to complete a Jurisprudence exam every three years. Participation in the Quality Assurance Program is one requirement for renewing practising registration.

CLPNBC’s Jurisprudence exam tests an LPN’s ability to understand and apply the legal principles, regulations and standards that govern the practice of nursing. CLPNBC’s exam should not be confused with the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) that LPNs are required to pass before becoming a Canadian Licensed Practical Nurse.

• CLPNBC is the only regulator in Canada that requires its registrants to complete a Jurisprudence exam.

False! Other health regulators in BC, and across Canada, have a jurisprudence component. For example:

  • The College of Dietitians of BC
  • The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
  • The College of Nurses of Ontario
  • The College of Registered Nurses of BC
  • The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC


• CLPNBC raised registration fees without increasing the LPN wage!

False! The Board determined a fee increase was necessary to ensure CLPNBC continues to have the resources in place to be able to do its work.

Wage increases are not within CLPNBC's jurisdiction or control. LPNs who have an employment concern may wish to speak to their union.

• CLPNBC charges a fee for every attempt to write the Jurisprudence exam.

False! It is free to write the Jurisprudence exam the first time. There is a fee for writing the exam a second time or third time.

• CLPNBC cannot justify a $50 increase to its practising registration fee.

False! The privilege of LPN self-regulation and the work CLPNBC does to regulate the LPN profession is costly. CLPNBC's Board takes its role seriously and it carefully considered a fee increase. Over the last three years, CLPNBC has had a funding gap of between $14.74 and $31.72 in the fees it collects from each registrant. The current fees are no longer enough to cover the costs of regulating LPNs. The costs associated with running CLPNBC are available in each annual report.

Under the Health Professions Act, CLPNBC is required to run a variety of programs. Fees paid by registrants are used for these programs, which are designed to protect the public and act in the public interest. A few examples of CLPNBC’s responsibilities:

  • Hold hearings of the discipline committee (which can cost upwards of $500,000)
  • Conduct investigations into an increasing number of complaints – many of which are complex and of a serious nature
  • Establish and maintain a quality assurance program


• CLPNBC has a more expensive practising registration fee than the other BC nurses and all other Canadian nurses.

False! The practising registration fee for BC Nurse Practitioners is $782.19, for BC Registered Nurses is $527.36 and for BC Registered Psychiatric Nurses is $460.

CLPNBC’s fee is similar to other provincial LPN regulators. The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta’s fee is $350, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba’s fee is $370 and the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses’ fee is $400.

• CLPNBC creates the scope of practice for LPNs in BC.

False! The provincial government creates the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation. The Regulation outlines what LPNs in BC can do as part of their role.

CLPNBC creates standards, limits and conditions that clarify what LPNs can do as part of their role. CLPNBC is authorized to set boundaries or controls on what the regulation outlines. See the Controls on Practice for more.

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