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.

Annual Renewal
The 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.

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.

Changing Registration Status
Current or former registrants can apply to cancel, renew, change or reinstate their registration by using forms in My Record. This linked page provides details.

New Applicants
Click on the links below for more information about each application process.

Registration Examination
New graduates and internationally educated applicants must pass the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination (RPNCE) prior to being granted practicing registration.

Interim 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.

Insurance
CRPNBC Bylaws require all registrants to have insurance to practice. Some options are provided on this linked page.

Fees (PDF) and Refunds (PDF)
These linked pages set out CRPNBC’s fees and refund policy.


Registration Types & Requirements
Annual Renewal
Changing Registration Status
New Applicants
BC Graduates
Interprovincial Applicants
Internationally Educated Applicants
Employed Student Registrants
Registration Examination
Interim Registration
Insurance
Fees (PDF)
Refund Policy (PDF)

 

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