Registration & Renewal Homepage
This webpage contains an overview of what you can find on each of our Registration and Renewal webpages, and links to those pages.
To practice psychiatric nursing and use the reserved titles “registered psychiatric nurse”, “psychiatric nurse” and “nurse”* in BC, you must have Practicing registration with CRPNBC.
Registration with CRPNBC does not authorize you to practice in any jurisdiction other than BC.
*Under the Health Professions Act, Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses can also use the generic title ‘Nurse’.
+ Registration Types and Requirements
Visit our Registration Types and Requirements webpage to find out about the various types of registration CRPNBC offers, and the requirements for obtaining these.
You can also read about each of our registration requirements on our Registration Requirement documents webpage.
+ Registration Requirement documents
We have produced quick-reference documents about each of our registration requirements, which sit on our Registration Requirement documents webpage.
The application process you need to follow depends on what ‘type’ of applicant you are. Click on the link below that describes your circumstances to find out what you will need to do to apply to CRPNBC:
- I completed my psychiatric nursing education in BC
- I am currently a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in another Canadian province
- I completed my psychiatric nursing education outside of Canada and have never registered in Canada
- I am a student in a recognized psychiatric nursing education program, and I want to apply for Employed Student Registration
RPNs The CRPNBC registration year begins on March 1st and ends on the last day of February the following year. Registration renewals are completed online through My Record. You can find further information on our Registration Renewal webpage.
Employed Student Registrants must reapply for Employed Student Registration each registration year. However, this type of registration can be extended on a month-by-month basis within the same registration year. Further information can be found on the Employed Student Registration webpage.
+ Changing Registration Status
Current or former registrants (except for Employed Student Registrants) can apply to cancel, change or reinstate their registration by using forms in My Record. See our Changing Registration Status webpage for more information.
It is also possible to apply to change your registration status as part of your renewal application.
+ Registration Examination
New graduates and internationally educated applicants must pass the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination (RPNCE) prior to being granted Practicing or Non-practicing registration.
+ Criminal Record Checks
Applicants Everyone who applies for registration must undergo a BC Criminal Records Review Act Criminal Record Check (children and vulnerable adults).
Registrants must then authorize a new check every five years.
Please visit our Criminal Record Checks under the BC Criminal Records Review Act webpage and see the ‘Fitness to Practice’ and ‘Good Character’ Registration Requirement documents for further information.
+ Liability Insurance
+ Fees and refunds