Application for Out of Province Applicants Within Canada

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) has the responsibility to review all documents related to the application for registration and licensure process. This application is for an applicant who has completed a Practical Nursing Program or Nursing Equivalent Program and has been registered or licensed in Canada and is establishing licensure in Nova Scotia.  This Application fails under the Pan Canadian Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) Chapter 7. This website is an online support for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) or Registered Practical Nurses (RPN) working within Canada but outside of  in Nova Scotia.  CLPNNS is dedicated to the well-being of the public of Nova Scotia through the continued delivery of exceptional regulatory services that promotes safe, ethical and competent nursing services.

All documents received by CLPNNS through the application process are the property of CLPNNS and can only be released to another regulatory body with written permission from the applicant. Documents will not be released to the applicant or any third party unless required by law.

Note: Only official documents are accepted. Documents that are not provided in English require translation and must be translated by a certified translator then submitted directly to CLPNNS from the translator. Any costs associated with translation of documents are the responsibility of the applicant.  Official documents are defined as documents that have been sent in a sealed envelope directly by the issuing authority and have never been in the possession of anyone other than the institution that issued the documents.

Incomplete applications are retained for six months from the date of last contact.  Applicants seeking to resume the registration process are required to re- apply and repay the required fees.

Completed applications are retained for one year from the date the applicant is informed of eligibility for initial registration in Nova Scotia.  Applicants seeking to register after this period of time may be required to re-apply.

When the Executive Director/Registrar is satisfied that the applicant meets all of the criteria for licensure, the applicant is eligible for one of the following license:

  • Active Practising license
  • Active Practising license with Conditions or Restrictions
  • Temporary license

All licenses must be renewed annually. The licensure year is from November 1st to October 31st.

Starting in May of 2016, any individual wishing to register as an LPN in Nova Scotia (for the first time or re-registering after a five-year absence) will be required to successfully complete a Jurisprudence Learning Module and Exam.  Click here for more information on Nursing Jurisprudence.

Guidelines for Completing the Application for Registration and Licensure  for Out of Province (within Canada)

The following “Guidelines” have been identified to assist you in completing the application process.  Please read through the steps and complete each step to ensure that your application can be processed in a timely manner.  This application is for an applicant who has completed a Practical Nursing Program or Nursing Equivalent Program and has been registered or licensed in Canada and is establishing licensure in Nova Scotia.  This Application fails under the Pan Canadian Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) Chapter 7.

Step #1 – Complete Application for Initial Registration and Licensure in Nova Scotia and submit this application directly to the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) with the following:

  • Application Fee – accepted in Canadian funds only and are non-refundable.  The Application Fee is $50.00;
  • Copy of Birth Certificate;
  • Copy of Name Change Certificate (marriage, etc.), if applicable;
  • Copy Government Issued Photo Identification;
  • Original Criminal Record Check (completed within the past 4 weeks).
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.  There will be a $20.00 Administrative Charge for all Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) Cheques, CLPNNS will no longer accept any personal cheques.  Application fees paid by postdated cheques will not be processed until the date indicated on the cheque.  Cash will only be accepted in person.

Note: The Practical Nursing/Nursing Equivalent Program must include Administration of Medications; Health Assessment; and Intravenous Therapy.  If your program did not include these courses or outcomes then then you must submit documentation that you have taken these courses after completion of your Practical Nursing Program.

Step #2 – Complete Section A of the Verification of Original Registration and Licensure form and submit the form directly to your original regulatory body requesting that they complete Section B of the Verification of Original Registration and Licensure or attach an official  signed document that verifies your registration status.

Please note: The Verification of Original Registration and Licensure form must be returned directly to CLPNNS by mail from the regulatory body.

Step #3 – Complete Section A of the Verification of Current Registration and Licensure form and submit the directly to your current regulatory body requesting that they complete the Section B of the Verification of Current Registration and Licensure or attach an official  signed document that  verifies your registration status.

Please note: The Verification of Current Registration and Licensure form must only be completed if you have been registered and licensed in more than one province/territory/country.

Step #4 – Complete Section A of the Verification of Practice Hours form and submit the directly to your current or most recent employer where you are practising as a practical nurse requesting that they complete the Section B.

Please note: The Verification of Employment form must be returned directly to CLPNNS by mail from the employing agency.

The application is considered complete when the following documents have been received:

Licensure Information

Applicants who meet the registration and licensing criteria as outlined in LPN Regulations (2009)

Part 2 Section 11 (1) & (2) have:

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

English Language – The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia requires that all applicants confirm English language proficiency, if your first language is not English.  You may be required to successfully complete an English language proficiency assessment or meet the criteria as outlined on www.clpnns.ca.

Under the LPN Act (2006) Section 42, any applicant/member convicted of an offense is required to advise the Executive Director-Registrar in writing of any such conviction within thirty days of the conviction being entered. If the applicant is denied registration and licensure by the Executive Director-Registrar, the applicant will be advised of the decision and may appeal through the Registration Appeal Process in accordance with LPN Act Section 16 & 17.

Please Contact the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia if you require further information.  The expected response time to any inquiry is 3 to 5 business days.

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