This section applies to you if:
- You are a student or new graduate of the BN Collaborative program in Newfoundland and Labrador
- You are a student or new graduate of a Canadian nursing education program.
Information in this section pertains to:
- Provisional Registration
- Overview of the Registration Process
- Obtaining an Interim License
- Obtaining an Interim License II (IL-II)
Provisional registration is governed by the RN Regulations (2013) and means you have submitted an application for provisional registration through MyARNNL and met all the requirements for registration with the exception of successful completion of the registered nurse examination or receipt of a satisfactory professional reference.
Provisional registration may be granted for up to three years. You will be notified by email when provisional registration has been granted.
Provisional registration alone does not permit you to practice nursing. You must hold an interim license or practicing license to practice nursing in NL.
Provisional Registrants who practice without a valid interim license will be subject to an Unauthorized Practice Fee in accordance with ARNNL Bylaw Article II, section 2(C) (Effective January 1, 2018 $100/shift worked with no maximum) and discipline in accordance with section 21 of the RN Act where the period of practice exceeds 3 shifts from and including the 1st shift.
2. Apply for provisional registration with ARNNL and register and pay the NCLEX exam fee with NationalCouncil of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) by the application deadline:
- Ensure you have the following documents available to upload:
- copy of your birth certificate
- copy of your legal change of name; if applicable (e.g., marriage certificate)
- copy of a government issued identification that includes your photograph and signature
- ARNNL application processing fee ($189.75 includes HST) must be submitted with application. Application fee will not be refunded once the fee has been processed by ARNNL.
- Graduates of a nursing education program outside of Newfoundland and Labrador are required to submit the following additional documents:
- An official transcript from the university where you completed your nursing education. This must be sent directly to ARNNL from the university.
- A professional reference letter from a nursing faculty member or clinical preceptor. This must be sent directly to ARNNL from the referee.
- Graduates of a nursing education program within Newfoundland and Labrador: Confirmation of successful education program completion is provided to ARNNL directly from Memorial University’s Office of the Registrar.
4. ARNNL will notify you by email when provisional registration has been granted.
5. You will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) email from Pearson VUE directing you to schedule your exam appointment.
6. Applicants wishing to practice as a graduate nurse in NL prior to writing NCLEX-RN® must apply for an interim license.
7. Successfully pass NCLEX-RN®.
8. Apply for initial licensure or membership through MyARNNL.
Interim licenses may be issued to NL graduates and Canadian graduates who have been granted provisional registration. To obtain an interim license to practice nursing in Newfoundland and Labrador, you must submit the following:
- Submit an application through MyARNNL and pay the licensure fee ($155.25). Professional Liability Protection fee (34.00 plus HST) paid directly to Canadian Nurses Protective Socity (CNPS).
Detailed information on the interim license application process is provided in an email from ARNNL confirming provisional registration has been granted. See ARNNL Factsheet on Interim Licensure
- Once the interim license (IL) has been issued you will receive an electronic receipt and your name will display on ARNNL's Member Search. An interim license is required before commencing employment, which includes orientation. Please check your licensure status via ARNNL's online member search display to confirm your IL has been issued.
Note: An interim license is issued for a four (4) month period. Individuals granted an interim license must schedule and attempt the NCLEX exam during the interim license period.
Penalty Fee: Graduate nurses who practice without a valid interim license will be subject to an Unauthorized Practice Fee in accordance with ARNNL Bylaw Article II, section 2(C) (Effective January 1, 2018 $100/shift worked with no maximum) and discipline in accordance with section 21 of the RN Act where the period of practice exceeds 3 shifts from and including the 1st shift.
An interim license holder who is unsuccessful on their 1st exam writing will have his/her interim license revoked. Individuals may be granted an Interim License-II (IL-II) subject to conditions and restrictions as outlined in the unsuccessful exam notification. ARNNL will forward an IL-II application directly to an applicant where applicable. An applicant is not permitted to resume practice until an IL-II is granted.
For more information please visit the IL-II FAQ's
Note: An IL-II is issued for a six (6) month period. Individuals granted an IL-II must schedule and complete their second exam attempt during the IL-II period.