Requirements for Registration

Canadian applicants are required to meet the requirements for registration as set out in the Registered Nurses Act (2008) and the Registered Nurses Regulations (2013) as follows:

1. Registration:

a. Must submit an application for registration.

b. Nursing Education - Provide proof of successful completion of a nursing education program approved by Council.

c. Submit satisfactory proof of the successful completion of an RN registration exam approved by the Council

d. Arrange for submission of legal identification documents (birth certificate, marriage certificate, change of name) and passport size photograph (not a photocopy or facsimile), official proof of current registration(s)

e. Those required to demonstrate satisfactory English comprehension must obtain the score set by Council on a test(s) acceptable to Council (see ARNNL's Fact Sheet – English Language Proficiency)

f. Arrange for submission of a current Certificate of Conduct from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Royal Canadian Mounted Police or other appropriate policing agency (see ARNNL's Fact Sheet – Certificate of Conduct)

g. Must submit declarations stating that the applicant:

(i) Has capacity and is fit to engage in the practice of nursing;

(ii) Has not been denied registration in another jurisdiction within the five (5) year period prior to the date of application, or the details regarding the denial of registration;

(iii) Has never been convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code (Canada), the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada) or a similar penal status of another country, or the details of the conviction(s).

h. Submit satisfactory professional reference(s).

i. Provide consent to allow Council to obtain confirmation or verification of the documentation and information submitted as part of an application for registration.

j. Those already registered/licensed in another Canadian jurisdiction must submit a letter of good standing (i.e. Verification of Registration) from each jurisdiction where he or she is registered or licensed in Canada. 

k. Submit an application processing fee (application Processing fees are to be paid by certified cheque, bank draft, money order, credit card or wire transfer payable to the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador).

2. Licensure: All Applicants seeking a license to practice, in addition to meeting the requirements for registration, must meet the requirements set out in section 14(2) of the Act and section 5 of the Registered Nurse Regulations as follows:

a. Submit an application for licensure (applicants will be provided access to the online licensure application after they have been approved for registration);

b. Provide confirmation that his or her registration or licence to practice nursing is not under review, suspended or revoked in another jurisdiction

c. Provide proof:

(i) successful completion of a nursing education program approved by Council within the thirty-six (36) month period immediately preceding the application for a licence, OR

(ii) practised as a registered nurse for at least 1125 hours during the preceding sixty (60) month period OR 450 hours during the preceding twenty-four (24) month period, OR

(iii) successfully completed an approved nursing re-entry program within the preceding sixty (60) month period, OR

(iv) is enrolled and participating in a baccalaureate nursing education  program or graduate or doctoral program in nursing or in a health-related discipline recognized by the council and at the time of admission was eligible for a practising licence.

Documentation from employer(s) verifying the number of hours practiced in nursing broken down by hours per ARNNL licensure year (i.e., April 1 - March 31) for the preceding (60) month period, or proof of clause (i), (iii), or (iv), must be submitted to ARNNL. This information will be required to provide evidence of having met Section 12(1)(e) of the Regulations for renewal of a practicing license in subsequent licensure years. Applicants are encouraged to provide this information on initial application so that ARNNL may document your practicing hours.

d. Remit required licensure fee

The licensure fee, which includes malpractice liability protection, is payable only after the registration application has been approved and in accordance with ARNNL By-law Article II, Section 2: 

a. The annual license is valid for practise between April 1 to March 31 each year unless otherwise limited or suspended by a Decision of Council or an Adjudication Tribunal.

i. All nurses seeking to renew a practicing license in the province must submit the annual licensure renewal application by the administrative renewal process deadline of March 1

ii. All nurses seeking to renew a practicing license in the province who submit a licensure renewal application after March 1 shall be subject to a later application fee determined by Council

iii. Renewal applications received prior to or on March 1 with outstanding information required with respect to Continuing Competence Program requirements will have until March 31 (or last week day of the licensure year where March 31 is a weekend day) to submit updated information before a conditional license will be issued.

b. All nurses who actively practise nursing without a valid interim license or practicing license shall be subject to a penalty fee determined by Council. Default of payment of fees for three (3) month or more is subject to discipline in accordance with the Act, Section 21.


PLEASE NOTE: Your application will remain valid for one years from the date the application is received by ARNNL.

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