Annual Licensure Renewal

In late December, applications for annual license renewal are mailed to all LPNs who currently hold a license to practice in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The back of the form contains important information regarding rules, regulations and application deadlines.

The CLPNNL has instituted an administrative deadline of March 1st each year for the receipt of license renewal applications and fees.  LPNs who fail to submit their properly completed renewal application and correct fee to the CLPNNL office by 1630 hours on February 28 will be subject to a late fee of $57.50.

LPNs who fail to submit their properly completed renewal application and correct fee to the CLPNNL office by the March 31st license expiry date will be considered non-licensed and will be subject to a reinstatement fee of $76.33 in addition to the $57.50 late fee.  (Please see Licensure Reinstatement section for further details.)

If, upon receipt of renewal application forms, CLPNNL staff determine that the Judicial/Disciplinary questions (16-18) have not been answered or the form has not been signed and dated, it will be returned to the applicant for completion and the LPN will be subject to the fines outlined above if the fully completed form is not received in the CLPNNL office by the administrative and/or license expiry deadline. 

The annual license fee is non-refundable once the license becomes effective for the year for which it is issued.  If a refund is requested before April 1st, the fee will be refunded once the LPN returns the license, including the receipt portion, to the CLPNNL office.

Criteria for License Renewal

In accordance with the LPN Act (2005), LPN Regulations 3,4,5, and CLPNNL By-laws, a license will be renewed if the following criteria are met:

  1. A completed annual renewal application, accompanied by the applicable fee, is received on or before the license expiry date of March 31.
  2. The Judicial/Disciplinary questions (16, 17, 18) on the license renewal application have been answered and the applicant is not subject to any disciplinary findings which would prohibit the practice of nursing.
  3. If the applicant has not graduated from an approved practical nursing education program within the 5 years preceding this application, the following regulations must be met:
    1. The applicant must have worked 1125 actual LPN hours in the 5 licensure years immediately preceding the application; or
    2. The applicant must have worked 450 actual LPN hours in the 2 years immediately preceding the application; or
    3. The applicant has provided confirmation of having successfully completed an approved PN Re-Entry/Refresher program in the 5 years immediately preceding application.
  4. If notice of a complaint/disciplinary action from an employer or other jurisdiction is received for an applicant holding a current license in NL, a summary outlining the nature of the complaint will be obtained from the employer/jurisdiction and the applicant.  Those summaries will be reviewed by the CLPNNL Executive Director/Registrar to determine if the complaint impedes the licensing process.

2017-18_Licensure_Application_Form

Continuing Competency Program

In keeping with its mandate of public protection, the CLPNNL is implementing a mandatory Continuing Competency Program (CCP) for LPNs in Newfoundland and Labrador. A Continuing Competency Program (CCP) is a formal system of assessing the knowledge, skills and judgment of a professional practitioner. The CCP promotes safe, ethical and competent life-long nursing practice by requiring LPNs to identify opportunities to broaden their knowledge base, increase their skill capacity and enhance their individual scope of practice ultimately achieving professional growth and continually improving competence throughout their nursing career. Beginning April, 2017, every LPN in every practice setting will be required to participate in the CCP every year to maintain their license.

The CLPNNL has the legislated responsibility to protect the public by promoting the provision of safe, competent, ethical and compassionate nursing care by LPNs.  In keeping with this requirement, the CLPNNL is implementing a mandatory Continuing Competency Program (CCP) for LPNs in Newfoundland and Labrador.

As of  April 1, 2017, every LPN in every practice setting in Newfoundland and Labrador is required to participate in the CCP every year to maintain their license. LPNs are accountable for their practice and actions at all times and have a professional obligation to attain and maintain competence relevant to their specific area(s) of practice.

Licensure Reinstatement

Applicants previously entered in the CLPNNL database whose license has expired may be restored to active licensure and issued a valid license to practice as a Practical Nurse if the requirements of the CLPNNL’s Regulation 5 are met and the following processes followed:

  1. Reinstatement After Failing to Renew License by the March 31 License Expiry Date
  • If a LPN fails to renew his/her license before the March 1st administrative deadline, a late penalty of $57.50 will be applied.
  • If the LPN also fails to renew his/her license before the March 31st license expiry date, they no longer hold a valid license to practice and are also required to pay a $76.33 reinstatement fee and to complete a Verification of Hours Worked When Not Currently Licensed with the CLPNNL form.  This form grants CLPNNL permission to contact the employer to determine if the LPN worked any shifts while not holding a valid license.
  • If it is determined that the LPN did work shifts without a license, a penalty of $50.89 per shift, to a maximum of $1017.80, will be applied.  The LPN acknowledges the potential for disciplinary action for committing the breach.
  • If more than 30 days lapse before the LPN renews his/her license, a new original police check, including vulnerable sector check, must also be provided.
  • If any there are any other documents outstanding from the LPN’s file, these will be requested at this time as well.  For example:
  • Copy of PN Diploma
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Copy of Marriage Certificate, if applicable
  • Copy of CPNRE results, if applicable
  • Original transcript of PN Program marks, if applicable

Once the completed renewal form, Verification of Hours Worked form, police check (if necessary) and all applicable fees and outstanding documents have been submitted and deemed satisfactory, the application will be processed and license issued.

  1. Reinstatement Upon Return from Maternity Leave

Before returning to work upon completion of Maternity Leave, where licensure has lapsed for more than 30 days, the LPN is required to contact the CLPNNL.  The LPN will be sent an individualized letter which outlines the requirements for reinstating their license, along with the necessary forms.  The LPN will be required to complete the following process:

  • Complete and make any necessary changes to the current year’s application/renewal of licensure form and return to the CLPNNL, along with the following documents and fees:
    • An original current police record check, including a vulnerable sector check, not older than 30 days from the date your license is to be processed;
    • A completed Verification of Hours Worked When Not Currently Licensed with the CLPNNL form;
    • Fees:                 
      • Licensure Renewal Fee of $330.75
      • Reinstatement Fee of $76.33
      • Total: $407.08

When all required documentation and fees are received and deemed satisfactory, the application will be processed and license issued.

  1. Reinstatement Under Other Circumstances

If a LPN requests reinstatement after having worked outside of Newfoundland and Labrador, an individualized letter and package of forms will be sent to the applicant outlining the specific requirements for reinstatement based on the individual’s unique circumstances.  The following are the general requirements:

  • Completion of the current year’s renewal of licensure application;
  • Completion of Form B – Verification of Current Registration – by the licensing authority in the jurisdiction of most recent licensure;
  • Completion of Form C – Verification of Employment – by all nursing employers in the previous 5 years;
  • Verification and assessment of any completed education components not previously on file, including the mandatory Health Assessment and Medication Administration courses;
  • Any outstanding documents not previously on file, including:
    • Copy of PN Diploma
    • Copy of Birth Certificate
    • Copy of Marriage Certificate, if applicable
    • Copy of CPNRE results, if applicable
    • Original transcript of PN Program marks, if applicable
  • An original valid police record check, including vulnerable sector check, not older than 30 days from the date your license is to be processed;
  • Payment of applicable fees:
    • Annual License Renewal Fee: $330.75
    • Reinstatement Fee: $76.33
    • Mandatory Competency Manual Fee: $27.39
    • Total: $434.47

When all required documentation and fees are received and deemed satisfactory, the application will be processed and license issued.

 

Verification of Hours Worked When Not Currently Licensed with the CLPNNL Form

Licensure Verification

The CLPNNL will complete Verification of Registration/Licensure forms for LPNs who are seeking licensure in other jurisdictions in Canada or elsewhere.  The fee for verification of licensure is $76.33.  Once the fee has been received, the form will be completed, signed, imprinted with the seal of the CLPNNL and sent directly to the requesting jurisdiction.

Information for New Graduates

TEMPORARY LICENSURE

Graduates of a Newfoundland and Labrador Practical Nursing Program may apply for temporary licensure upon completion of their program which will be valid for six weeks after the CPNRE writing date.

Documentation Required to Apply for Licensure as a Practical Nurse

  • Completed licensure application form with appropriate fee (see fee schedule below)
  • Original Certificate of Conduct with Vulnerable Sector Check dated within 4 weeks from the date of application for licensure
  • Copy of picture I.D. (Driver’s License or Passport)
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Copy of Marriage Certificate, if applicable
  • Copy of PN Diploma following graduation.  This must be received before the graduate is issued initial licensure.
  • Original transcript of marks for each course completed during PN Program.  Transcript for the first 3 semesters much be provided when a new graduate is applying for a temporary license.  The transcript for the 4th semester must be provided before the graduate is issued initial licensure.

Fee Schedule

Graduates Who Obtain a Temporary License Upon Graduation:

Temporary Licensure Fee (new graduate) upon completion of PN Program in December until receipt of exam result is $230.00.  Upon receipt of a passing grade on the CPNRE, this license will be converted from Temporary to Initial at no charge and will expire on March 31.  

The licensure renewal fee for April 1, 2017 – March 21, 2018 is $330.75. LPNs will be required to apply for licensure renewal for the next licensure year before the March 1st administrative deadline, even though the current year's license does not expire until March 31.  Failure to submit the renewal application and fee before the administrative deadline will result in a late fee of $57.50.  Failure to submit the renewal application and fee before the license expiry deadline of March 31st will deem the LPN non-licensed.  The individual will be required to pay a reinstatement fee of $76.33 and is not permitted to work until the license is reinstated.  

Graduates Who Don’t Obtain Licensure Until They Pass the CPNRE (Feb or March):

Initial Licensure Fee February – March 31 is $230.00

The licensure renewal fee for April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018 is $330.75. LPNs will be required to apply for licensure renewal for the next licensure year before the March 1st administrative deadline, even though the current year's license does not expire until March 31.  Failure to submit the renewal application and fee before the administrative deadline will result in a late fee of $57.50.  Failure to submit the renewal application and fee before the license expiry deadline of March 31st will deem the LPN non-licensed.  The individual will be required to pay a reinstatement fee of $76.33 and is not permitted to work until the license is reinstated.  

Graduates Who Don’t Obtain a License Until April 1, 2017:

Initial Licensure Fee for April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018 is $381.64

Important Points to Remember

  • If you want to have a temporary license prior to January, your completed application, supporting documents and fee must be received in the office of the CLPNNL by the first Friday in December.  The CLPNNL office is closed from Christmas Eve until the day after the New Year's holiday each year.  
  • If you are planning to apply for licensure in another province/territory, you need to contact the licensing authority for that province/territory to obtain the required information regarding licensure in that jurisdiction.  Your license as a Practical Nurse in NL is not valid in another province/territory.  Contact information for the various provinces/territories is available on the Links page of this website.
  • IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW (LICENSED PRACTICAL NURES ACT) YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO WORK AS A LPN WITHOUT A VALID LICENSE.  PENALTY FEES WILL APPLY.
  • Your license with the CLPNNL provides you with $2,000,000.00 liability insurance coverage.  If you are involved in an incident that may be subject to a possible claim while employed as a LPN you are to notify the CLPNNL immediately.

NATIONAL EXAM

Graduates of Practical Nursing Programs in Canada must write a registration examination before being licensed to practice.  The LPN examination currently in effect is the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE), which is the property of Assessment Strategies Inc. (ASI).  In consultation with ASI, CLPNNL offers three writings of the CPNRE annually: one date in each of January, May and September.  

Applications to write the CPNRE, which include the examination date, application fees and application deadlines, are sent to the director/coordinator of each practical nursing program, along with Writing Centre Regulations for the exam.

CPNRE results are reported as “Pass” or “Fail.”  Candidates have a maximum of 3 opportunities to pass the registration examination in the 24-month period immediately following their eligibility to write and will not be permitted a further opportunity to write the exam without re-taking a full practical nursing program.

Examination results are released to candidates from the CLPNNL office via regular Canada Post service.  Candidates who are unsuccessful in their first writing of the CPNRE must return their temporary license to the CLPNNL.  

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2018 Writing Dates:

  • January 10, 2018
  • May 16, 2018
  • September 12, 2018
Graduates from Other Provinces

Graduates from other provinces who wish to establish licensure to practice as Practical Nurses in Newfoundland and Labrador are required to complete the Credential Assessment process to determine if they are eligible to apply for licensure in this jurisdiction.

Please be advised that as of April 1, 2012, it is mandatory for all Licensed Practical Nurses in Newfoundland and Labrador to have completed an approved Medication Administration course, including IV Therapy, Blood and Blood Products, as well as a Health Assessment course.  Information your nursing school provides as part of the credential assessment process will determine if you meet the requirements for those mandatory education courses. 

Fees for Credential Assessment

  • If you hold a current valid license in another province: $203.54
  • If you do not hold a current valid license in another province: $356.19

Credential Assessment Package (7 forms)

Please complete all forms as directed below.  Once all required documentation and fees have been received by CLPNNL your file will be assessed.  If you are deemed eligible to apply for licensure in this province, you will be provided with an application for licensure and instructions regarding licensure fees and requirements.  While each situation is unique, the credential assessment process generally takes 6-8 weeks to complete.

  • Credential Assessment Application (Licensed in Other Provinces)
    Credential Assessment Application (Not Licensed in Other Provinces)
    – Complete all sections and return to CLPNNL, along with the appropriate processing fee (cheque or money order payable to CLPNNL) and the following documentation:
    • Copy of photo ID (Driver’s License or Passport)
    • Copy of your birth certificate
    • Copy of your marriage certificate, if applicable
    • Copy of your certificate/diploma for the completion of Practical Nursing/Re-entry Program/Bachelor of Nursing
    • Original official transcript of marks from your PN/BN program
    • Copy of your CPNRE/CNATS results
    • Copy of your most recent license certificate as a Practical Nurse
  • Form A (Verification of Original Registration)– Complete Section A of this form and send to the licensing board where you first obtained a nursing license after you graduated. They will complete and return directly to the CLPNNL.
  • Form B (Verification of Current Registration)– Complete Section A of this form and send to the licensing board where you are currently or were last employed in nursing.  They will complete and send directly to the CLPNNL.
  • Form C (Verification of Employment) – Sign and date Section A and send form to all nursing employers you have had in the last five years (make copies if necessary).  They will complete and return directly to the CLPNNL.
  • Form D (Verification of Program of Study)– Complete Section A of this form and send to your nursing school for completion.  They will complete and return directly to the CLPNNL.
  • Form E (Health Assessment)– Enter your school name and location, along with your own name, on the first line and include this form with Form D, which you send to your nursing school.
  • Form F (Medication Administration)– Complete Section 1 and include this form with Form D, which you send to your nursing school.

Once the LPN’s file has been assessed and the individual is deemed eligible to apply for licensure in Newfoundland and Labrador, a letter will be sent outlining the fees and documentation required for initial licensure, including:

  • Completion of the current year’s application for licensure;
  • Original police record check, including vulnerable sector check, not older than 30 days before the date your license is to be processed;
  • Payment of fees:
    • Initial licensure fee (Full year: $381.64; Dec. 1 – Mar. 31: $230.00)
    • Mandatory Competency Manual: $27.39

When all fees and required documents have been received and deemed satisfactory, an initial license and licensure certificate will be issued.