Introducing the Supervised Practice Experience Program (SPEP)

The SPEP is a regulatory program that is employment focused and available to eligible candidates in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), who have met educational requirements but do not meet currency of practice requirements. 

Eligible IENs must have a NL employer and can then apply for a Temporary License. The Temporary License will be granted for a 6-month period. The program includes 450 hours of practice in a mutually agreed on area of practice with a minimum of 135 hours under direct supervision of an experienced LPN or in certain circumstances a RN preceptor. The remaining (315) can be completed under direct or indirect supervision. By participating in the program, candidates will meet the currency of practice hours requirement and enhance their nursing knowledge, skill and judgement. 

Following successful completion of SPEP, candidates who are International Educated Nurses (IENs) will be eligible to register for the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE). Successful completion of the CPNRE is the final step to move to initial licensure as a LPN. Applicants who are re-entry candidates and have already passed the CPNRE, can move to initial licensure following successful completion of the SPEP. 

For additional information on SPEP see the CLPNNL's SPEP Guide and CLPNNL Memo and FAQ's on the program.

SPEP Application for Temporary Licensure 2023 - 2024

Licensure Policies
Licensure Fact Sheets
Annual Licensure Renewal

In January, invitations to online licensure renewal are emailed to all LPNs who currently hold a license to practice in Newfoundland and Labrador.  

The CLPNNL has instituted an administrative deadline of March 1st each year for the receipt of license renewal applications and fees.  LPNs who fail to complete the online renewal application and pay the fee by midnight on March 1 will be subject to the administrative deadline late fee of $56.74 + $8.51 HST= $65.25.

LPNs who fail to complete the online renewal application and pay the applicable fees by the March 31st license expiry date will be considered non-licensed and will be subject to a reinstatement fee of $100.00 + $15.00 HST= $115.00 in addition to the administrative deadline late fee of $56.74 + $8.51 HST= $65.25.  (Please see Licensure Reinstatement section for further details).

The annual license fee is $326.09 + $48.91 HST = $375.00 and is non-refundable once the license becomes effective for the year for which it is issued. 

When the license is processed, the LPN’s name will be found on the FIND A NURSE section on the CLPNNL website.

 

You can renew your license HERE.

 

Criteria for License Renewal

In accordance with the LPN Act (2005) Section 12 and LPN Regulations (2011) Sections 3, 4, 5, a license will be renewed if the following criteria are met:

  1. The online license renewal application is completed.
  2. The applicable fee is received.
  3. The Judicial/Disciplinary questions on the online license renewal application have been answered and the applicant is not subject to any disciplinary findings which would prohibit the practice of nursing.
  4. One of the following criteria is met:
    1. The applicant worked 1125 as a LPN in the 5 years immediately preceding the application; or
    2. The applicant worked 450 as a LPN in the 2 years immediately preceding the application; or
    3. The applicant graduated from an approved practical nursing education program or an approved PN Re-Entry/Refresher program in the 5 years immediately preceding application.
  5. If notice of a complaint/disciplinary action from an employer or other jurisdiction is received for an applicant holding a current license in NL, a summary outlining the nature of the complaint will be obtained from the employer/jurisdiction and the applicant.  Those summaries will be reviewed by the CLPNNL CEO/Registrar to determine if the complaint impedes the licensing process.
Continuing Competency Program

The CLPNNL has the legislated responsibility to promote safety and protect the public through the provision of safe, competent, ethical nursing care by Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).  In keeping with this requirement, the CLPNNL implemented a mandatory Continuing Competency Program (CCP) for LPNs in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2017.

CCP is a formal process of assessing the knowledge, skills and judgment of a professional practitioner. The CCP promotes safe, ethical and competent life-long nursing practice by requiring LPNs to reflect on their practice, identify opportunities to broaden their knowledge base, increase their skill capacity, and enhance their individual scope of practice.

Every LPN in every practice setting in Newfoundland and Labrador is required to participate in CCP each year to maintain their license. LPNs are accountable for their practice and actions at all times and have a professional obligation to attain and maintain competence relevant to their specific area(s) of practice.

The documents below provide additional information on the CCP. Applicable forms may be completed online and printed. LPNs should have these forms available if selected for the annual audit.

Licensure Reinstatement

Applicants previously licensed with CLPNNL whose license has expired may be restored to active licensure status and issued a valid license to practice as a practical nurse if the requirements of the CLPNNL’s Regulation (2011) Section 5 are met and the required processes completed.

  1. Reinstatement After Failing to Renew License by the March 31 License Expiry Date

 If a LPN fails to renew their license by midnight on the March 31st license expiry date, they no longer hold a valid license to practice and are required to:

    1. Complete the Licensure Reinstatement application.
    2. Pay the reinstatement fee of $100.00 + $15.00 HST= $115.00
    3. Pay the administrative deadline late fee of $56.74 + $8.51 HST= $65.25.
    4. Complete a  Verification of Hours Worked When Not Licensed with the CLPNNL form. This form grants CLPNNL permission to contact the employer to determine if the LPN worked any shifts while not holding a valid license.
    5. If it is determined that the LPN worked without a license, a penalty of $100.00 + $15.00 HST= $115.00 per shift, to a maximum of $1000.00 + $150.00 HST = $1150.00 will be applied.  The LPN may be subject to disciplinary action.
    6. If more than 30 days lapse before the LPN renews their license, a new original police record check, including vulnerable sector check, must also be provided.

Once the renewal form, Verification of Hours Worked When Not Licensed with the CLPNNL form, police check (if necessary) and applicable fees have been submitted and deemed satisfactory, the application will be processed and license issued. Once the license is issued, the LPN’s name will be found on the FIND A NURSE section on the CLPNNL website.

  1. Reinstatement Upon Return from a Planned Leave

Before returning to work upon completion of a planned leave, where a license to practice has lapsed for more than 30 days, the following process is required:

    1. Complete the Licensure Reinstatement application.
    2. Pay the reinstatement fee of $100.00 + $15.00 HST= $115.00
    3. Pay the licensure fee of $326.09 + $48.91 HST = $375.00 ($227 + $34.05 HST = $261.05 after December 1).
    4. Complete a Verification of Hours Worked When Not Licensed with the CLPNNL form.  This form grants CLPNNL permission to contact the employer to determine if the LPN worked any shifts while not holding a valid license.
    5. An original current police record check, including a vulnerable sector check, not older than three (3) months from the date your license is to be processed.

Once the renewal form, Verification of Hours Worked  When Not Licensed with the CLPNNL form, police check (if necessary) and applicable fees have been submitted and deemed satisfactory, the application will be processed and license issued. Once the license is issued, the LPN’s name will be found on the FIND A NURSE section on the CLPNNL website.

  1. Reinstatement after Practice as a LPN outside of Newfoundland and Labrador

If a LPN requests reinstatement after having worked outside of Newfoundland and Labrador, an application package will be sent to the applicant outlining the specific requirements for reinstatement based on the individual’s unique circumstances.  The following are the general requirements:

    1. Completion of the Licensure Reinstatement application.
    2. Completion of Form B – Verification of Current Registration – by the licensing authority in the jurisdiction of most recent licensure.
    3. Completion of Form C – Verification of Employment – by all nursing employers in the previous 5 years.
    4. Completion of Form H – Competency Declaration - If not licensed in Newfoundland and Labrador since 2012, Form H is a self-assessment and declaration of education components consistent with PN education in Newfoundland and Labrador.
    5. An original valid police record check, including vulnerable sector check, not older than three (3) months from the date your license is to be processed.
    6. If there are other documents outstanding from the LPN’s file, these will be requested. 
    7. Pay the reinstatement fee of $100.00 + $15.00 HST= $115.00
    8. Pay the licensure fee of $326.09 + $48.91 HST = $375.00 ($227.00 + $34.05 HST = $261.05 after December 1).

When all required documentation and fees are received and deemed satisfactory, the application will be processed and license issued. Once the license is issued, the LPN’s name will be found on the FIND A NURSE section on the CLPNNL website.

Licensure Verification

The CLPNNL will complete a Verification of Registration/Licensure Form for LPNs who are seeking licensure in other jurisdictions in Canada or elsewhere.  The verification of licensure fee is $75.33 + $11.30 HST = $86.63.  Once the fee has been received, the form will be completed and sent directly to the requesting jurisdiction.

Information for New Graduates

Graduates of a Newfoundland and Labrador Practical Nursing Program must obtain a license to practice as a LPN. Graduates may:

    1. Obtain a Temporary License upon successful completion of an approved PN program prior to writing the registration exam (CPNRE), or
    2. Obtain Initial Licensure after successful completion of the registration exam (CPNRE).

 

TEMPORARY LICENSURE

Graduates of a Newfoundland and Labrador Practical Nursing Program may apply for temporary licensure upon completion of their program. The temporary license will be valid until results of the CPNRE are released. Graduates must obtain a temporary license if they plan to work as a LPN prior to the writing the CPNRE. Click New Graduate Licensure Requirements to review the complete process.

NOTE: If you wish to apply for a temporary license prior to May 1 , 2023, your completed application, supporting documents and fee must be received in the CLPNNL office by March 13, 2023.   

Temporary Licensure Fee (new graduate) from completion of PN Program in April until receipt of exam result is $376.66 + $56.50 HST = $433.16

It is the policy of CLPNNL that all new applicants for licensure are required to complete the Jurisprudence learning module provided free of charge through the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial Continuing Education Portal. The certificate of successful completion of this module must be submitted to CLPNNL before your temporary license to practice can be processed.

 

Documentation Required to Apply for Temporary Licensure as a Practical Nurse

  • Completed licensure application form Temporary License Application 2023-2024 with appropriate fee
  • Original Certificate of Conduct with Vulnerable Sector Check dated within three months from the date of application for licensure
  • Color copy of picture I.D. (Driver’s License or Passport)
  • Copy of Birth Certificate (color copy)
  • Copy of Marriage Certificate, if applicable
  • Juriprudence learnign module certificate

The following documents must be submitted before January 22, 2021:

  • copy of PN diploma;
  • official transcript for all four semesters of the PN Program; and

Upon receipt of a passing result on the CPNRE, and provided all documentation listed above have been submitted, this license will be converted from Temporary to Initial at no charge and will expire on March 31.

 

Initial Licensure

Graduates who do not apply for licensure until after they pass the CPNRE will apply for INITIAL LICENSURE.

 

Graduates Who Apply for Initial Licensure after they Pass the CPNRE 

The Initial Licensure Fee from April 1 – March 31 is $376.66 + $56.50 HST = $433.16. 

 

ANNUAL LICENSURE RENEWAL (first annual renewal after graduation)

The Annual Licensure Renewal fee for April 1 – March 31 is $326.09 + $48.91 HST = $375.00. You are required to apply for Annual Licensure Renewal for the next licensure year before March 1, 2024.

A LPN who does not renew their license before the license expiry deadline of March 31st will be deemed non-licensed. 

LPNs who fail to complete the Annual Renewal and pay the applicable fees by the March 31st license expiry date will be considered non-licensed and will be subject to a reinstatement fee of $100.00 + $15.00 HST= $115.00 in addition to the administrative deadline late fee of $56.74 + $8.51 HST= $65.25. 

 

Important Points to Remember

  • Once a license is issued, the LPN’s name will be found on the FIND A NURSE section on the CLPNNL website.
  • You are not permitted to work as a LPN without a valid license. Penalty fees will apply.
  • If you plan to apply for licensure in another province/territory, contact the licensing authority for that province/territory to obtain the required information regarding licensure in that jurisdiction.  Your NL license is not valid in another province/territory.  Contact information for the various provinces/territories is available on the Links page of this website. 
  • Your license with the CLPNNL provides you with $2,000,000.00 liability insurance coverage.  If you are involved in an incident that may be subject to a possible claim while employed as a LPN you are to notify the CLPNNL immediately. 

 

NATIONAL EXAM

Graduates of Practical Nursing Programs in Canada must write a registration examination before being licensed to practice.  The LPN examination is the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE). In consultation with the exam provider, Meazure Learning, the CLPNNL offers 6 CPNRE writing windows annually.

CPNRE results are reported as “Pass” or “Fail.”  Candidates have a maximum of 4 opportunities to pass the registration examination in the 36-month period immediately following their eligibility to write and will not be permitted a further opportunity to write the exam without re-completing a full practical nursing program. There must be a 45 day break between scheduled writings.

Examination results are released to candidates from the CLPNNL office.  Candidates who are unsuccessful in their first writing of the CPNRE must stop working immediately as they are no longer licensed to practice as a LPN. 

 

CPNRE Blueprint 2022-2026

CPNRE Website - Yardstick Assessment Strategies

CPNRE Application

CPNRE Testing Accommodation Form 1

CPNRE Testing Accommodation Form 2

 

CPNRE 2023 Testing Windows:

  • January 3, 2023 - January 31, 2023
  • March 1, 2023 - March 31, 2023
  • May 1, 2023 - May 31, 2023
  • July 1, 2023 - July 31, 2023
  • September 1, 2023 - September 30, 2023
  • November 1, 2023 - November 30, 2023

For additional information on the CPNRE, visit www.cpnre.ca

LPN Applicants from other Provinces/Territories

LPNs/RPNs from other provinces who wish to apply for licensure in Newfoundland and Labrador are required to complete the Credential Assessment process to determine eligibility.

All Licensed Practical Nurses in Newfoundland and Labrador must have education in IV Therapy, Medication Administration, Blood and Blood Products, and Health Assessment.

It is the policy of CLPNNL that all new applicants for licensure are required to complete the Jurisprudence learning module provided free of charge through the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial Continuing Education Portal. The certificate of successful completion of this module must be submitted to CLPNNL before your initial license to practice can be processed.

Fee for Credential Assessment Application for LPNs Registered in another Canadian province/territory

  • $200.90 + $30.14 HST = $231.04

Fee for Credential Assessment for LPNs NOT Registered in another Canadian province/territory

  • $351.54 + $52.73 HST = $404.27

Credential Assessment Package 

Complete the credential assessment package applicable to your situation. Once all required documentation and fees have been received your file will be assessed.  If you are deemed eligible to apply for licensure in this province, you will be provided instructions regarding fees and requirements.  While each situation is unique, the credential assessment process generally takes 2 - 4 weeks to complete.

 

Credential Assessment Application for LPNs registered within Canada

Complete all sections of the Credential Assessment application and Forms A, B, C, H and submit to CLPNNL, along with the appropriate processing fee and the following documentation:

  • Copy of final transcript of PN program
  • Copy of certificate/diploma for the completion of the Practical Nursing/Re-entry Program/Bachelor of Nursing
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Copy of marriage certificate/divorce decree in the event of a name change (if applicable)
  • Copy of government issued picture identification (color copy)
  • Applicants whose first language is not English and whose English proficiency was not assessed by another Canadian jurisdiction should submit IELTS or CELBAN language score
  • Fee $200.90 + $30.14 HST = $231.04 (cheque or money order payable to CLPNNL or pay with credit card or debit by calling (709) 579-3843 Ext. 200
  • Credential Assessment Application for LPNs registered within Canada
  • Form A (Verification of Original Registration)– Complete Section A of Form A and send to the licensing board where you first obtained a nursing license after you graduated. They will complete and return directly to the CLPNNL.                 
  • Form B (Verification of Registration)– Complete Section A of Form B and send a copy to all licensing boards where you have been licensed in the last 5 years.  They will complete and send directly to the CLPNNL.
  • Form C (Verification of Employment) – Sign and date Section A and send a copy of Form C to all nursing employers you have had in the last five years.  They will complete and return directly to the CLPNNL.
  • Form H (Competency Declaration)– Complete and return to CLPNNL. Form H is a self-assessment and declaration of education components consistent with PN education in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 Once deemed eligible for licensure in Newfoundland and Labrador, the applicant must:

  • Provide an Original Police Record Check, including Vulnerable Sector Screen, not older than three (3) months before the date your license is to be processed.
  • Pay the Initial licensure fee of $376.66 +HST ($227.00 + $34.05 HST = $261.05 after December 1).  
  • Submit a certificate of completion for the Jurisprudence learning module.

When all fees and required documents have been received and deemed satisfactory, the license will be processed and the LPN’s name will be found on the FIND A NURSE section on the CLPNNL website.

 

Credential Assessment Application for LPNs NOT registered within Canada

Complete all sections of the Credential Assessment application and Forms A, B, C, H and return to CLPNNL, along with the appropriate processing fee and the following documentation:

  • Copy of your birth certificate
  • Copy of your marriage certificate/divorce decree in the event of a name change (if applicable)
  • Copy of government issued picture identification (color copy)
  • Applicants whose first language is NOT English should submit IELTS or CELBAN language score
  • Fee of $351.54 + $52.73 HST = $404.27 (cheque or money order payable to CLPNNL or pay with credit card or debit by calling (709) 579-3843 Ext. 200
  • Credential Assessment Application for LPNs NOT registered within Canada
  • Form A (Verification of Original Registration)– Complete Section A of Form A and send to the licensing board where you first obtained a nursing license after you graduated. They will complete and return directly to the CLPNNL.
  • Form B (Verification of  Registration)– Complete Section A of Form B and send copies to all licensing boards where you have been licensed in the last 5 years.  They will complete and send directly to the CLPNNL.
  • Form C (Verification of Employment) – Sign and date Section A of Form C and send copies to all nursing employers you have had in the last five years.  They will complete and return directly to the CLPNNL.
  • Form D (Program of Study Verification) – Sign and date Section A and send Form D to your practical nursing program to complete Section B. They will complete and return directly to CLPNNL.
  • Form H (Competency Declaration) – Complete and return to CLPNNL. Form H is a self-assessment and declaration of education components consistent with PN education in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Once deemed eligible for licensure in Newfoundland and Labrador, the applicant must:

  • Provide an Original Police Record Check, including Vulnerable Sector Screen, not older than three (3) months before the date your license is to be processed.
  • Pay the Initial licensure fee of $376.66 + $56.50 HST = $433.16 ($227.00 + $34.05 HST = $261.05 after December 1).  
  • Submit a certificate of completion for the Jurisprudence learning module.

When all fees and required documents have been received and deemed satisfactory, the licensure will be processed and the LPN’s name will be found on the FIND A NURSE section on the CLPNNL website.