Practicing Licence

Licensure Year- April 1-March 31

Administrative Deadline for Annual Licensure Renewal is March 1

Visit MyCRNNL to renew your practicing licence or non-practicing membership. All practicing licences and non-practicing membership expire on March 31.

Registrants who practice without a valid practicing licence will be subject to an Unauthorized Practice Fee ($100/shift worked with a maximum fee of three times the regular licensure cost) and subject to discipline where the period of practice exceeds 3 shifts from and including the 1st shift. Applies to nursing practice in all domains (clinical, administration, education, and policy/research).

To help you navigate online renewal the College encourages you to utilize our Frequently Asked Questions.

Getting Started

  • Know your College Registration Number.
  • Ensure you have an up-to-date email address on file with the College.
  • You can retrieve or change your password by clicking on the ‘Forgot or Change your Password’ link and follow the instructions.
  • Registrants who are enrolled in payroll deduction through their employer can renew online.
  • Payment options available to registrants include VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners Club, Interac and Pre-Authorized Payment withdrawal.

Overview of licensure renewal process

  1. To be eligible to renew RN annual licence registrants must meet one of the following:
    • Completed entry-level nursing program in the last 36 months;
    • Practised 1125 hours in the last 60 months or 450 hours in the last 24 months;
    • Completed RN re-entry program in the last 60 months;
    • Enrolled and participating in a BN program or graduate program in nursing or a health related discipline recognized by the College.
  2. To be eligible to renew NP annual licence registrants must meet one of the following:
    • Completed NP education program in the last 36 months;
    • Practised as an NP for a minimum of 900 hours in the last 36 months;
    • Completed NP re-entry program or competency validation process in the last 36 months.
  3. Complete all Continuing Competency Program requirements.
  4. If licensed/registered to practice in another jurisdiction (province/territory or country) within the last 12 months request a verification of registration (letter of good standing) from each jurisdiction be sent directly to the College. The document must be received by the College prior to March 31, directly from the nursing regulatory body, before your licence can be renewed.
  5. Complete licensure renewal application, including payment of the applicable fee, through MyCRNNL prior to March 1 administrative deadline.
  6. Complete Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) process for professional liability protection (PLP). All Registrants renewing a practicing licence are required to complete the CNPS process and make direct payment to CNPS.
    Registrants have the option to purchase CNPS Supplementary Protection for assistance with regulatory matters regarding your nursing care and disciplinary hearings. For more information visit or CNPS website to learn more about CNPS services.
  7. Submission of practice hours. You can view your practice hours on file by visiting MyCRNNL.
    Regional Health Authorities (RHA) have agreed to submit electronic confirmation of RN and NP practice hours directly to the College. If employed with an employer other than an RHA, an official letter confirming your hours of practice must be submitted to the College. The letter must be signed by the employer or an independent third party (accountant, office manager, income tax specialist).
    Registrants may scan and email official confirmation of hours to the College at [email protected], fax 709-753-4940, or send via regular mail. Be sure to include your Registration Number on your confirmation of hours so they can be correctly entered on your file.
  8. Registrants will receive an email receipt once licence has been processed.  You can retrieve current and previous year payment receipts (for income tax purpose) by visiting MyCRNNL. The receipt will be sent to the email address on file.
  9. Registrants and employers can confirm licensure status though the College’s Member Search. No paper/hard copy licensure cards are issued. It is your responsibility to ensure you are licensed prior to commencing nursing practice.

It is a violation of the Registered Nurses Act, 2008 to practice nursing without a practicing licence. The Unauthorized Practice fee for practicing without a licence is $100 per shift worked with no maximum amount. An allegation of conduct deserving of sanction will be filed where a nurse practices without a licence for more than three (3) shifts from and including the first shift worked and includes nursing practice in all domains (clinical, administration, education, and policy/research) and includes orientation.