Nursing Practice Hours

As one component of its Quality Assurance Program, CLPNBC introduced a nursing practice hours requirement in January 2014.

To retain practising registration, LPNs must work a minimum of 1,125 practice hours within the five-year period immediately preceding each registration renewal. This minimum number of hours is one indicator that LPNs are maintaining their currency in practice.

All practising LPNs must keep a record of the number of hours they practised as an LPN from January 1 to December 31 each year. At registration renewal, LPNs will report to CLPNBC the number of practice hours they accumulated during the year. 

What are nursing practice hours?

Nursing practice hours involve applying LPN competencies for clinical practice, education, administration or research. 

LPNs can count nursing practice hours if:

  • they held practising registration with a nursing regulatory body in the jurisdiction where the hours were acquired; and
  • they worked in an LPN role; and
  • their role substantially involved providing services within the definition of LPN practice; and
  • they practised according to the CLPNBC Standards of Practice.

Practice hours may be acquired through:

  • Paid employment in an LPN role
  • Self-employment in an LPN role
  • Professional development activities, such as structured education (e.g., a workshop, a course or program of study) undertaken as part of and relevant to their LPN position(s)
  • Regulatory college/nursing union/association work
  • Committee work
  • Volunteer work in an LPN role

*Nursing practice hours should not be confused with seniority hours in a union.

LPNs can count only those hours that they actually worked. They may not count:

  • time absent from work for reasons such as sickness, vacation, maternity, education, disability or another type of leave
  • professional development activities undertaken independently
  • hours worked in a role that does not require LPN registration (e.g., care aide, housekeeper, dietary aide, emergency medical technician, registered nurse, registered psychiatric nurse)
  • on-call hours (but not actually working)
  • hours worked in a job predominantly selling products
  • time spent caring for family members



If after reviewing this information you are unsure whether your hours count as the practice of nursing, contact the Practice team.

If you won’t accumulate 1,125 nursing practice hours by next registration renewal, contact the Registration team.