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As a nurse practitioner applying for a CRNNS licence for the first time, we want to say a big welcome from our team. We’re here to support you through this licensure process, along with other initial NP licensure components, so that you have as easy and seamless a time as possible.

There are a few steps in this application process and it’s important to take your time and be thorough to ensure you’ve completed everything. And again, we’re just an email or phone call away if you need help.

All application documents must be provided in English. Translations from a certified translator are also accepted. You are responsible for the cost of all translations.


I’m a NP Graduate of Dalhousie University. How do I apply?

There are several steps required before being eligible for initial licensure:

  1. Hold an RN active-practising licence with CRNNS
  2. Meet the general NP requirements
  3. Complete the Initial Registration Assessment Application online on the Initial Applicant Portal.
  4. Pay the assessment fee and the Jurisprudence Exam fees. The fees are non-refundable and can be paid in the Initial Applicant Portal by credit card.
  5. Pass the RN Jurisprudence Exam
  6. Pass the NP Jurisprudence Exam
  7. Pass a controlled drugs & substances theory course; unless this curriculum was taught in your NP program.
  8. Pass the applicable nurse practitioner examination.

Once you receive your NP licence, you must be a part of a Collaborative Practise Relationship before practising.

Please be advised that registration requirements and fees are subject to change.

For new NP graduate from an out-of-province Canadian NP program who has never been licensed: arrange for the school of nursing where you completed your NP education  to send  the Verification of Nurse Practitioner Education to CRNNS.

I’m a NP graduate from an out-of-province Canadian NP program who has never been licenced. How do I apply?

There are several steps required before being eligible for initial licensure:

  1. Hold an RN active-practising licence with CRNNS
  2. Meet the general NP requirements
  3. Complete the Initial Registration Assessment Application online on the Initial Applicant Portal
  4. Pay the assessment fee and the Jurisprudence Exam fees. The fees are non-refundable and can be paid in the Initial Applicant Portal by credit card.
  5. Pass the applicable nurse practitioner examination.
  6. Pass the RN Jurisprudence Exam
  7. Pass the NP Jurisprudence Exam
  8. Pass a controlled drugs & substances theory course
  9. Complete the rest of your application. All application items must be official documents sent directly to CRNNS by an issuing authority which have not been in anyone else’s possession other than the authority and institution issuing it. We do not accept certified true copies.

The application package includes:

Please be advised that registration requirements and fees are subject to change.

I’m an NP already licensed in another Canadian province/territory. How do I apply?

  1. Hold an RN active-practising licence with CRNNS
  2. Meet the general NP requirements
  3. Complete the Initial Registration Assessment Application online on the Initial Applicant Portal
  4. Pay the assessment fee and the Jurisprudence Exam fees. The fees are non-refundable and can be paid in the Initial Applicant Portal by credit card.
  5. Pass the RN Jurisprudence Exam
  6. Pass the NP Jurisprudence Exam
  7. Pass a controlled drugs & substances theory course
  8. Complete the rest of your application. All application items must be official documents sent directly to CRNNS by an issuing authority which have not been in anyone else’s possession other than the authority and institution issuing it. We do not accept certified true copies.

The application package includes:

Please be advised that registration requirements and fees are subject to change.

I’m an internationally educated NP who has never been licensed as an NP in another Canadian province or territory. How do I apply?

  1. Hold an RN active-practising licence with CRNNS
  2. Meet the general NP requirements
  3. Complete the Initial Registration Assessment Application online on the Initial Applicant Portal
  4. Pay the assessment fee and the Jurisprudence Exam fees. The fees are non-refundable and can be paid in the Initial Applicant Portal by credit card.
  5. Pass the applicable nurse practitioner examination.
  6. Pass the RN Jurisprudence Exam
  7. Pass the NP Jurisprudence Exam
  8. Pass a controlled drugs & substances theory course
  9. Complete the rest of your application. All application items must be official documents sent directly to CRNNS by an issuing authority which have not been in anyone else’s possession other than the authority and institution issuing it. We do not accept certified true copies.

The application package includes:

  1. Ask your NP School of Nursing to mail the following to us:
    • Transcripts
    • Course descriptions
    • Description of the program of study (this is in greater detail than the program calendar)
    • Course objectives/outcomes
    • Nurse practitioner competencies to be achieved within the program course content
    • Course hours (theory/lab/clinical)
    • Number of supervised clinical hours
    • Methods of evaluation

The above documentation is forwarded to a psychometrician who, along with a nurse practitioner, will determine if your nurse practitioner program is equivalent to our Council-approved NP Program. The evaluation will cost approximately $650, however, the cost can fluctuate if more information and time is required by the assessors. You are responsible for the cost of this evaluation.

Please be advised that registration requirements and fees are subject to change.

What are the general NP licensure requirements?

All NP licensure applicants – regardless of their NP status – must meet our general NP licensure requirements. The requirements include:

  1. possess a current active-practising licence with or without conditions or restrictions issued by CRNNS to practise as a registered nurse;
  2. not currently subject to any disciplinary finding(s) which would prohibit the practice of a nurse practitioner;
  3. have the capacity, competence, capability and character to safely and ethically engage in the practice of a nurse practitioner; and
  4. complete the nurse practitioner requirements of a continuing competence program.
  5. If it’s your first application for entry in the nurse practitioner roster, you must have one of the following related to your program:
    1. a nurse practitioner program;
    2. a nursing program the Council determines to have been, at the time you the applicant graduated, equivalent to a nurse practitioner program; or
    3. a nursing program before January 1, 2005, that, in addition to a nurse education program and the experience acquired by you, satisfies the nurse practitioner committee that you possesses the necessary competencies to practice as a nurse practitioner
  6. In addition, if it’s your first application for entry in the nurse practitioner roster, you must meet one of the following related to the NP exam:
    1. successfully completed a nurse practitioner examination accepted by CRNNS;
    2. if a nurse practitioner examination is not available, you successfully completed a competence assessment determined by the Chief Executive Officer and Registrar; or
    3. if you graduated from a nurse practitioner program before January 1, 2007 you are not required to write an NP exam.
  7. Meet the NP currency of competency requirement.
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