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A NP temporary licence is a unique licence that allows you to temporarily practise nursing until you’re able to obtain an active-practising licence. The NP temporary licence creates the balance between providing nurses with the clinical experience to improve their nurse practitioner competencies while at the same time creating safeguards so client safety remains high.


Who can be issued an NP Temporary Licence?

You are eligible to apply for a temporary licence while you wait to write the NP exam or when you have written the NP exam and are awaiting the results.

How do I apply for a NP temporary licence?

There are several steps required before being eligible for a temporary licence:

1. Hold an RN active-practising licence with CRNNS
2. Complete the Temporary Licence Application online on the Initial Applicant Portal
3. Pay the assessment fee and the Jurisprudence Exam fees.
4. Submit proof of legal name (i.e. birth certificate, marriage certificate) and photo identification (i.e. passport, driver’s licence, government issued photo ID). Submit both items to us either through the mail or email. Unclear and/or faxed copies will not be accepted.
5. Pass the RN Jurisprudence Exam (if not previously completed)
6. Pass the NP Jurisprudence Exam
7. Only if you are a new NP graduate from an out-of-province Canadian NP program who has never been licensed: Forward the Verification of Nurse Practitioner Education to the school of nursing where your NP education was completed.

Do I have professional liability insurance if I hold an NP temporary licence?

Yes, you will be automatically covered for professional liability insurance through the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS).

How long is my NP temporary licence valid?

Your temporary licence is valid for four months, with the option to extend it for an additional two months.

When is my NP temporary licence no longer valid?

Your temporary licence is no longer valid when:
• Your temporary licence expires
• We receive notification that you have failed the NP Exam for the first time
• You became licenced as an NP with us
• Your temporary licence is supended or revoked under the professional conduct process

What are the restrictions on a NP temporary licence?

There are no restrictions on your NP temporary licence.

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