Registration & Renewal
Only Practicing registrants of CRPNBC are legally entitled to practice psychiatric nursing in BC and use the title “Registered Psychiatric Nurse” (RPN). By the same token, CRPNBC registration only covers practice in BC; those wishing to practice as an RPN in another jurisdiction must obtain registration there.
To qualify for registration, an individual must meet specific requirements. Registration must also be renewed annually.
Registration Types and Requirements
CRPNBC offers different types of registration. This linked page describes the detailed requirements for each type, including Interim and Employed Student registration.
Employed Student Registrants can extend their registration on a month-by-month basis up to the end of the registration year (February 28th/29th of each year). Instructions for doing so can be found on the Employed Student Registrants page. Further information regarding how to apply for Employed Student Registration beyond the current registration year will be provided in due course.
Click on the links below for more information about each application process.
- BC Graduates
- Interprovincial Applicants
- Internationally Educated Applicants
- Employed Student Registrants
New graduates and internationally educated applicants must pass the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination (RPNCE) prior to being granted practicing registration.
This is temporary registration that allows new graduates and international applicants to work as a psychiatric nurse while waiting to write the registration examination.
Criminal Record Check
Everyone who applies for registration, and then as registrants every 5 years, must undergo a criminal record check specific to children and vulnerable adults.
CRPNBC Bylaws require all registrants to have insurance to practice. Some options are provided on this linked page.
Registration Types & Requirements
Changing Registration Status
Internationally Educated Applicants
Employed Student Registrants
Refund Policy (PDF)