Application for Licensing in Nova Scotia for Internationally Educated Nurses

Application Process for Internationally Educated Nurses  (IENs)

The below application is for Internationally Education Nurses (IENs) that have completed the evaluation process with the National Nurses Assessment Service (NNAS), and their NNAS Advisory Report has been sent directly to CLPNNS.

Step #1 – Complete the Application for Initial Registration and Licensure in Nova Scotia and return it directly to CLPNNS with the following documents:

  • Application fee of $100.00 – accepted in Canadian funds only;
  • A recent criminal records check (completed within the past four weeks);
  • Copy of your government issued photo ID (if applicable);
  • Copy of your birth certificate (if applicable); and
  • Copy of Name Change Certificate (marriage, etc.).

Please note: CLPNNS will not proceed with your application until you have paid the application fee.  You can pay by Visa, MasterCard, Cheque or Money Order.  Cheques and Money Orders must be made payable to CLPNNS.  Cash will only be accepted in-person.

CLPNNS will send the IEN applicant a letter within 10 to 15 business days of the application being deemed complete. The application will be deemed complete when all of the following documents have been received:

  • National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) Advisory Report;
  • Application for Initial Registration and Licensure in Nova Scotia;
  • Application fee of $100 – accepted in Canada funds only;
  • Copy of your government issued photo ID;
  • Copy of your birth certificate;
  • Copy of Name Change Certificate (marriage, etc.); and
  • An original criminal records check (completed within the past four weeks).

CLPNNS may require that you provide further information on your practical nursing/nursing equivalent program of study to determine if the program is substantively equivalent to an approved/recognized practical nursing program in Nova Scotia.  The request may include, but not limited to: copies of program curriculum and courses outcomes; additional transcripts; theory and clinical hours specific to courses; evidence of clinical placements; other evidence to substantiate safe and competent practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse.  You may be required to complete a Substantive Equivalency Competence Assessment.

Step #2 – Have your completed NNAS Advisory Report sent directly to CLPNNS from NNAS.

Online Application Status Verification for Nova Scotia Internationally Educated Nurse Applicants

Once your application fee has been received, a file will be initiated in your name.  CLPNNS will receive a copy of the National Nursing Assessment Services Advisory Report and then the information is entered into our status verification system.  A checklist is attached to the file to record all submissions and dates related to the applicant’s file.  You will be provided a password to access the “IEN Application Status Verification”.

Licensure Information

Applicants who meet the registration and licensing criteria as outlined in the LPN Regulations (2009) Part 2 Section 11 (1) & (2) have:

  • their name entered in register;
  • an individual registration number assigned;
  • their name entered in the appropriate roster for the current year;
  • a license to practice practical nursing issued, if entered in the active practicing roster.

For more information, please contact:

Katherine Sullivan
Administrative Assistant – Registration and Professional Conduct Services
Telephone (902) 423-9280
Toll Free in NS 1 (800) 718-8517 Fax (902) 425-6811

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