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Health and Social Services

Nurse - Licensed Practical

Licensed practical nurses provide care for individuals, families, and groups in a variety of health-care settings. They may practice independently or as part of a health-care team.


College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA)
13163 – 146th Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5L 4S8

Call: 780-484-8886
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-661-5877
Fax: 780-484-9069



Under Alberta’s Health Professions Act [pdf], Health Professions Restricted Activity Regulation [pdf], and Licensed Practical Nurses Profession Regulation [pdf], registration with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) is mandatory. Only registered members may perform restricted activities specified in the Regulations. This includes those who:

  • Meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public
  • Apply nursing knowledge, skills, and judgment to assess patients’ needs
  • Teach, manage, and conduct research in the science, techniques, and practice of the profession
  • Use the titles and initials: licensed practical nurse, practical nurse, nursing assistant, LPN, and RNA

What You Need

To register as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Alberta, you need successful completion of:

  • A diploma from an approved practical nursing program earned within the last 4 years
  • The CLPNA Alberta Practical Nurse Jurisprudence module
  • The Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE)

There are other registration categories for licensed practical nurses.

A licensed practical nurse on the provisional register:

  • Has met the academic requirement for an LPN but has not completed the CPNRE
  • Must work under supervision
  • Can use the protected titles and initials

LPNs who wish to work in certain advanced practice areas must first obtain CLPNA authorization. Registration for advanced practice requires completion of specialty education and demonstrated competence.

Applicants who have been out of practice for a period also may have to demonstrate that they are currently competent to practice.

For details about all registration requirements, contact the CLPNA or visit the CLPNA website.

Working in Alberta

Licensed practical nurses who are registered by and in good standing with a regulatory body elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if their scope of practice and competencies are similar.

For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the CLPNA website.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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