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Becoming an LPN

There are three categories of professional nurses in Canada:

All three categories of professional nurses practise in British Columbia, and are licensed and regulated by their respective Colleges. CLPNBC is authorized to regulate individuals who practise as LPNs in BC.

What does an LPN do?

LPNs are health care professionals. Most work as frontline nurses caring for a wide range of clients at all stages of life. LPNs provide nursing services ranging from health promotion, to acute care, to long-term and palliative care.

LPNs work in collaboration with other members of the health care team. Their education and practice - while rooted in the same body of knowledge as other nurses - focuses on foundational competencies within the LPN scope of practice and standards.

How can you become an LPN?

To become registered to practise as an LPN in BC, you must do the following:

  1. Successfully complete Practical Nurse Education training
  2. Successfully complete the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE)
  3. Apply for registration with CLPNBC and pay the required fees
  4. Maintain competence to practise
  5. Renew your registration every year

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Requisite Skills & Abilites

The Requisite Skills & Abilities document is available to help individuals determine their ability to meet the demands for a career as a licensed practical nurse in Canada.