Annual Renewal

Annual registration renewal begins on November 1 each year. To make sure you are ready to work on January 1, submit your renewal application and fees before November 30. All applications not completed and paid for by this time could experience delays in processing. Online services for renewal will remain open until December 31 at 4:30 p.m. 

It takes about 15 minutes to complete your application. The renewal requirements and assessment process are described in more detail below. 

Step 1: Complete the online renewal form

  1. Sign in to your CLPNBC account (LPN Sign in).
  2. Click on the “Registration” button, then the “Renew” button and follow the instructions.
  3. Complete the online application form by:
    • Verifying your personal contact information
    • Providing your employment information and LPN hours
    • Consenting to a criminal record check (if applicable)
    • Providing information related to your fitness to practise nursing
    • Providing details about any other registration(s) you hold in Canada or internationally
    • Acknowledging that you have read and understand all of the consent and declaration requirements 

Step 2: Submit your payment

After completing your application form, you will pay your fees using one of the secure online payment options. If you don’t want to pay online, choose the “pay by money order” option, and mail a money order and receipt page to CLPNBC. For more about fees and payment options click here.

If you enrolled in CLPNBC’s Pre-Authorized Payments (PAP), you will see the credits to your account on your invoice. If there are outstanding fees, such as the criminal record check fee, you will need to pay them before you can submit your application. 

Step 3: CLPNBC assesses your application

When CLPNBC assesses your renewal application, we consider the following:

Good Character

When determining whether you are of good character, we review:

  • The circumstances around any previous criminal charges and/or convictions, the results of your criminal record check and any other information you wish to have considered related to the same 
  • The completeness, correctness and accuracy of the information you provided on your application form
  • Information related to any other registration(s) you hold

Fitness to Practise Nursing

When determining whether you are fit to engage in practical nursing practice, we review:

  • Self-disclosure of a physical or mental ailment, an emotional disturbance or an addiction to alcohol or drugs that could impair your ability to practise
  • Information regarding any previous registration cancellation or voluntary relinquishment of registration
  • Information from treating physician(s) or specialist(s) who can provide an opinion as to your current health status, any recommendations for safe practice and your fitness to practise nursing (We only request this information in certain circumstances.)

Step 4: Confirm your registration status on the Public Registry

Before you go to work in the New Year, check your status on the Public Registry. If you miss the deadline or don't renew, you cannot practise or volunteer as an LPN in BC. Remember that working as an LPN without CLPNBC registration is an offence under the Health Professions Act and is considered professional misconduct. If you work without current practising registration, you will be required to pay an additional fee of $200 and may be subject to an investigation by the Inquiry Committee. 

Renewal Options

Practising Registration

Maintaining current practising registration ensures you can work as an LPN anytime between January 1 and December 31. After completing your application and paying your fees, remember to confirm your status on the Public Registry before you work in January. 

Non-practising Registration

If you have practising or non-practising registration, you may choose to complete the non-practising registration renewal form. Remember that non-practising registration means you are not able to practise as an LPN in BC. You will still receive CLPNBC's monthly newsletter and be able to vote at the Annual General Meeting. If you fail to renew your non-practising registration before December 31, you will not be able to reinstate your non-practising registration.

When you do plan to return to LPN practice, you must first convert your registration from non-practising to practising. Don't leave it to the last minute - the time it takes to assess your application may depend on when you last practised as an LPN and the character and fitness to practice requirements. Additional education may be required before you are eligible to return to practice. When you are ready, sign in to your CLPNBC account and choose “convert” to complete your application. Your application will be assessed to determine whether you meet the requirements for reinstating to practising registration. A reinstatement fee will be applied to your application. For more on the reinstatement requirements click here.

Not Renewing

If you do not plan to practise as an LPN this year, you may choose not to renew your registration with CLPNBC. When you want to return to practice, you will first need to submit an application for reinstatement. When we assess your application, we review when you last practised as an LPN, evidence of good character and the fitness to practise requirements. Reinstatement applications take longer to process, so don't leave it to the last minute.

Quick tips

Have the following information handy when you get ready to renew:

  • The email on record with CLPNBC and your password
  • Your 2017 practice hours (January 1 – December 31, 2017)
  • Contact information for your current employer(s)
  • Your payment method

Important Renewal Dates:

Renewal period: November 1 – December 31 each year

Registration expiry date: December 31 each year

2017 holiday office closures: December 25 & 26, 2017

Need more information? See our FAQs

Tips for self-employed LPNs:

  • If the majority of your LPN work is self-employed practice, you must state on your renewal application that you are the primary employer
  • NEVER include a client name or address when reporting primary employment. CLPNBC's Public Registry displays primary employer information. 
  • Provide your business contact information instead of your personal contact information
  • Check out CLPNBC's resource for self-employed LPNs