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Supervised Practice Experience

​What is Supervised Practice Experience?

Supervised Practice Experience (SPE) is one of several options for RN applicants who do not meet CRNBC’s basic practice hour requirement (1,125 hours over five years). An approved SPE enables applicants to take out CRNBC provisional registration with conditions to complete​ at least 400 hours of a practice experience within six months under the guidance and supervision of a qualified RN preceptor. Following successful completion of an SPE, a registrant is eligible for practising RN status with CRNBC.

Where do I start?

The first step is to contact CRNBC at to confirm that your situation is appropriate for this option.  Take a look at the characteristics below to see if SPE may be a good fit for you.

Is Supervised Practice Experience right for you?

CRNBC recognizes that each applicant is unique and it is the sum of the individual’s background and experiences that help determine whether SPE is right for you. However, here are some of the characteristics of a suitable candidate. While it is essential that you are a self-directed learner and that you are able to independently organize a precep​torship, it is not mandatory for you to have all items below.

In order to meet the practice experience criteria you need:

        • at least two years of consolidated RN practice following graduation from a basic nursing education program
          • at least 2 years RN practice experience in a Canadian setting, including practice experience within the last 10 years.

(Please contact CRNBC if you do not meet the practice experience criteria, or want to pursue this option as an alternative to transitional coursework.)

In addition to meeting practice experience criteria you should:

  • be a self-directed learner
  • have the ability to independently organize a preceptorship with a BC agency/employer
  • have a background and practice experience in the chosen area of practice
  • be involved in education/experiences in related fields or disciplines (humanities, sciences or other professions)
  • be involved in professional activities (e.g. Continuing education or committee work)
  • show evidence of preparation to return to practise (e.g. CPR course, reading journals related to chosen clinical practice area).
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