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Scenarios & FAQs

​​The following scenarios are intended to provide an overview of changing your registration status. They do not provide specific calculations of costs or refunds. Change of status applications cost $105 (includes GST). Registration fees/refunds are pro-rated based on a daily rate. Other fees may apply.​​​​

 Returning to practice

Daphne is going on maternity leave in June. It’s now January and she is wondering when she should change her status when she leaves her nursing practice in the middle of the year
Daphne is an RN and is scheduled to go on maternity leave in late June. She intends to work till the start of that month.

It's January now, and the registration year is almost over. She will need to complete the registration renewal process before Feb. 28, so she can continue to work from Mar. 1, onward.

In May she will submit a change of status application to change her status to inactive. Daphne will submit her application to CRNBC indicating her last day is Jun. 5. After paying the $105 change of status fee, she will get a refund for the remaining days left in the registration year.*

Daphne's maternity leave will continue until June the following year. This means she won't need to complete her registration renewal in January/February. But she will need to submit a change of status application sometime in April/May, or about two to four weeks before she requires practising registration.

After she has successfully submitted the documents required by the college, paid for the change of status, association and PLP fees, plus the pro-rated registration fees for the remainder of the year, CRNBC will send an email to confirm the start date of registration. After checking that her registration is in place, she can resume her nursing practice.

*Please note: this refund does not include the association fees or the professional liability protection fees

It’s January and Enrico is returning to B.C. after working as a nurse in California for the past three years. He let his registration lapse when he left B.C.

​Enrico needs to apply for practising registration. He’ll need to organize documents* related to his practice in California, a notarized statutory declaration (form 11) and pay the $105 change status fee in addition to the pro-rated registration fees.

*CRNBC will send you employer reference(s) and verification of registration forms. These forms must be completed and submitted  directly to CRNBC by the employer(s) and regulatory body.

 Leaving nursing practice

In late January, Carla will begin her maternity leave. She holds practising registration till the end of February, but she wants to change her status for the upcoming registration renewal year

On Jan. 28, Carla will begin her maternity leave. Her registration expires on the last day of February, so it doesn't make sense for her to apply for a status change. This is because the $105 change of status fee will cancel out any refund owing for such a short period of time.

It makes sense for Carla to let her registration lapse after Feb. 28, at which point her status will automatically become inactive. We do not require RNs and NPs on maternity leave to hold a practising or non-practising status.*

When she returns to practice she will need to apply to CRNBC for a change of status two to four weeks before she intends to return to her nursing practice.

*Please note: NPs if you are inactive (not holding practising or non-practising status) you will no longer have prescribing status – take a look at for more information

Reggie is going on parental leave in January, but he plans to return to his nursing practice in September.

​Reggie is taking a short break from his nursing practice. From the perspective of saving the most money, his best option would be to maintain his practising registration because he won’t receive a pro-rated refund. The $105 change status fee  (includes GST) negates his refund. He could even owe CRNBC money.*

When the time comes to renew his registration:

  1. Reggie can let it lapse and then pay the pro-rated registration fee plus the $105 change status fee in September. If he chooses this option, he will need provide us with a Statutory Declaration (form 11) that must be notarized.
  2. Reggie can renew his practising registration. He won’t save any money. He will pay for six months of registration fees while he isn’t practising nursing. 

*Explanation of why Reggie could owe CRNBC money
If Reggie wanted to change his registration to inactive Jan. 10, his refund would be about $72 (58 days remaining in the registration year x $1.23 per day). However, he will be charged $105 for the change status fee. $72 - $105 = -$33. This example is only an estimation. Other fees may apply.

Baljit is retiring in September. She loved her 38 years of nursing, but now she’s looking forward to travelling and spending more time with her family. She plans to volunteer as a nurse for her favourite charity group.

​If Baljit wants to volunteer as a nurse, she’ll need to maintain her practising registration status. Practising registration is required for any nursing practice, including paid employment and volunteering.

Eva is moving to Ontario to take a new job at a hospital in Toronto. She’s leaving in June. She sold her condo and is looking forward to living closer to her parents.

​Eva is m​​aking a permanent move outside B.C. If she wants recoup some of her registration fees, her best option is to apply to change her registration status to inactive. She’ll receive a pro-rated refund less the $105 change status fee (includes GST). If she chooses this option, she’ll no longer be permitted to work or volunteer as a nurse in B.C.

Gail has been offered an administrative role for Northern Health in Prince George. She wonders if she should apply to CRNBC for a refund on her registration as the role doesn’t require RN status.

Gail should consider if she thinks she might want to return to practice later in her career. If she does intend to return to practice in the future, or if she wants to take a role that requires an RN designation, she may not meet the practice hours requirement if she does not maintain her registration. Gail might want to discuss the role with one of CRNBC's regulatory practice consultants to determine if the role at Northern Health could count towards the practice hours requirement if she maintains her registration RN.

If your role is considered to be within the scope of practice for nursing, you can only count that time towards the practice hours requirement if you hold practising status with CRNBC.​

 Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay the change status fee every time I change my registration status?

Yes. Each time you change your registration status, you must pay a non-refundable $105 change status fee (includes GST) in addition to the registration fees when applicable.​​

I'm retiring in December. I heard I could end up owing CRNBC money if I apply to change my registration status to inactive. Is this possible?

Yes. If you change your registration status to non-practising or inactive in December and thereafter, you may not receive a refund. You could owe CRNBC money.​ There is a $105 fee for changing your registration status​Refunds are pro-rated based on the annual registration fee. ​Your refund may be less than the change status fee. Contact us​ for more information.​

If I'm not practising nursing, do I need to change my registration status to non-practising or inactive?

​​​​You are not required to change your registration status from practising to non-practising/inactive if you don't plan to practise nursing, e.g. , you're retiring. You can choose to let your practising regist​ration lapse during the renewal period. You won't be charged a change status fee.

If I change my registration status from practising to non-practising/inactive, will I still be an ARNBC member?

​​​​Non-practising or inactive registration does not include ARNBC membership. However, non-practising or inactive nurses can apply directly to ARNBC for associate membership. Please check with ARNBC​ for more information.

I am a nurse practitioner leaving my practice. What do I need to consider?

As an NP, you are responsible for ending relationships with clients in an appropriate way that both considers their needs and ensures continuity of care.

View our recommendations for nurse practitioners who are leaving practice and learn more about your legal and professional obligations to clients.

My status is currently inactive. I am not ready to return to practice, but I am interested in changing my status to "non-practising", what is involved?

​This is classified as a change of status. You will need to log into your account and apply to change your status to non-practising. You can learn more about the differences between practising, non-practising and inactive statuses here.

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