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.
We have put together the following documents to guide you through the online renewal process:
- Quick Instructions for Online Renewal (PDF)
- Step by Step Instructions for Online Renewal (PDF)
- Data Dictionary – Definition of CIHI Employment Codes used in My Record (PDF)
Frequently asked questions
+ What if I don’t have a computer?
If you do not have a computer at home, we encourage you to find a computer that you can use elsewhere. You may be able to access a computer at work, at a library, or at a friend or relative’s house.
If you have explored these options and still cannot access a computer, please contact the CRPNBC office.
+ What are the requirements for renewing my registration?
In order for your renewal application to be approved, you must meet the registration requirements for the type of registration you are applying for. Please see our Registration Types and Requirements and Registration Requirement Documents webpages for further information.
+ What if I don’t have enough practice hours?
To renew as a Practicing registrant, you will need to have practiced psychiatric nursing for a minimum of 1400 hours in the preceding five years. If you have not, you will be required to successfully complete an approved psychiatric nursing refresher program before returning to practice. An approved refresher program is currently offered by Douglas College.
As an alternative to the refresher program, you may be eligible to undergo a competency assessment to demonstrate you have the competencies required for Practicing registration with CRPNBC (which are the Registered Psychiatric Nurse Entry-Level Competencies (2014)). Competency assessments are administered via the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS). The outcome of this assessment will either be that you have demonstrated that you have the required competencies or that you must complete additional education before returning to practice (this may be all or part of a refresher program).
If you have any questions relating to your practice hours, the refresher program or the NCAS competency assessment, please contact the College office.
+ Will I have to complete a disclosure and declaration as part of my renewal application?
Yes. You will need to answer the following disclosure questions:
1) Have you ever been convicted in Canada or elsewhere of a criminal or other offence (excepting any pardoned offences)?
2) Have you been arrested or charged with an offence where the outcome is still pending?
3) Have you ever been the subject of a denial, revocation, suspension or surrender of registration or license with a regulatory body for a profession in any jurisdiction?
4) Have you ever been disciplined by a regulatory body for a profession in any jurisdiction, or resolved a complaint by agreement with such a body?
5) Are you, or have you ever been, the subject of an investigation, review or proceeding by any organization regarding your conduct?
6) Have you ever had limits, restrictions or conditions imposed on your registration or license by a regulatory body for a profession in any jurisdiction?
7) Do you have a physical or mental health issue or an addiction to alcohol or drugs that impairs your ability to practice psychiatric nursing safely and competently?
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, CRPNBC may request additional information.
Remember, you must answer these questions truthfully and accurately each time you renew your registration, even if you have previously disclosed the matter(s) to CRPNBC.
You will also need to accept the following declaration in order to submit your renewal application:
I solemnly declare the following to be true:
- The information in this form is accurate and complete;
- I have accurately updated my information in My Record;
- I am of good character;
- If I am applying for Practicing registration, I am fit to practice, except as disclosed in answer to the Disclosure questions; and
- I am in compliance with the BC Health Professions Act and Regulations, and the CRPNBC Bylaws, Code of Ethics and professional and practice standards.
And I acknowledge that:
- My registration is subject to the accuracy of my information, which may be audited; and
- It is an offence under the Health Professions Act to knowingly submit false information.
+ Can I change my registration status during renewal?
Yes. If you are a Non-practicing registrant but want to renew as Practicing, or a Practicing registrant wanting to renew as Non-practicing, you can indicate this on the renewal form. By doing this, you are applying for your registration status to change from March 1 (the beginning of the new registration year).
If you wish to change your registration status before March 1, you must use the ‘change of status’ application, and then renew your registration with your new registration status. More information can be found on our Changing Registration Status webpage.
+ How much does registration cost?
Our current fees can be found in our Fee Schedule.
+ What if I don’t renew my registration by midnight on the last day of February?
If you were a Practicing registrant, your registration status will be converted to Lapsed and your employer(s) will be contacted to inform them you cannot practice psychiatric nursing until you have reinstated your Practicing registration.
If you were a Non-practicing registrant, your registration status will be converted to Inactive.
Please see our Registration Types and Requirements webpage for further information about Lapsed and Inactive registration status.
+ Can I renew my registration late?
Yes, if your registration status is Lapsed, you have until May 29 to submit a late renewal application. There will be a ‘late’ fee of 20% of the registration fee. If you do not renew by May 29, your registration status will be converted to Inactive. You will need to submit a ‘change of status’ application to apply for reinstatement.
If you were a Non-practicing registrant, your registration status will have been converted to Inactive at midnight on the last day of February. You will need to submit a ‘change of status’ application to apply for reinstatement.