Currency of Practice & Extensions

To be eligible for annual licensure, CLPNS Members must either:

A) Report:

  • 1125 practising hours during the previous five (5) years,
  • 450 practising hours during the previous two (2) years

OR

B) Complete:

  • a recognized practical nurse education program within the previous three (3) years,
  • a nurse education refresher program within the previous three (3) years,
  • a competency-based assessment, including any coursework in the previous three (3) years,
  • an approved Supervised Practice Experience, or
  • the CPNRE or other recognized registration examination.

If a member does not meet the currency of practice requirement, they may consider applying to the CLPNS Registrar for an extension.

Occasionally circumstances arise, resulting in the inability of Members to meet the minimum practice hours required for annual renewal. When this occurs, the CLPNS Registrar may extend the requirement to members who apply in writing and meet the criteria.

example 1

Year    |     Reported Hours

2020   |     1100 hours

2021   |     200 hours

2022   |     1450 hours

2023   |     0 hours

2024   |     300 hours

3050 total hours worked in the last 5 years = Eligible for renewal

example 2

Year    |     Reported Hours

2020   |     0 hours

2021   |     0 hours

2022   |     0 hours

2023   |     150 hours

2024   |     300 hours

450 total hours worked in the last 5 years = minimum requirement to be eligible for renewal

example 3

Year    |     Reported Hours

2020   |     1125 hours

2021   |     0 hours

2022   |     0 hours

2023   |     0 hours

2024   |     0 hours

1125 total hours worked in the last 5 years = Eligible for renewal*

*to be eligible for renewal the following year, you must practice a minimum of 450 hours in 2025.

Not sure if you meet the requirements or if you should apply for an extension?  View your reported hours, by logging in to your CLPNS Member Portal and click Update Profile.  If the hours listed and the hours you work or anticipate to work for the current year do not meet the 1125 or 450 requirement, you may consider applying for an extension.

The Practice Hour Extension Application is available online and requires you to:

  • Outline your request and the reason(s) why you need an extension,
  • Have your practice hours for the previous 5 years verified,
  • Submit an action plan about how you intend to accumulate the required hours in the future,
  • Submit documentation from your physician, another health professional, or employer that verifies your extended leave from LPN practice, if applicable,
  • Submit documentation from your employer verifying the employment you will return to, if applicable,
  • Submit any other pertinent information, as requested by the CLPNS Registrar, and,
  • Pay a $100 application fee.

Once you submit the application and supporting documentation, the Registrar will review it and decide if allowing more time is appropriate and will not cause risk to the public. If approved, the Registrar will offer you a formal agreement. If your application is denied, you will receive the decision, including the reasons for the decision, by email.