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Forgetting to renew: what if it happens to you?

Case study about registration renewal

After two months away backpacking, Celice is glad to be home and eager to get back to work.


Her first shift is a night shift on March 6 — she arrives early to catch up on any changes before she starts. As she climbs the stairs, it hits her like a tonne of bricks. She has forgotten to renew her registration! Panicked, she tries to think clearly about what to do next. She knows she cannot work without practising registration. Not only is it illegal, but she also wouldn't have any professional liability protection.

What are Celice's options?

She considers going online to renew right away but realizes she will also need to report on her quality assurance activities and practice hours and complete her self-assessment. She can't see any option but to let her supervisor know that she cannot work.

What does Celice do?

After speaking with her supervisor, Celice goes home and signs in to her account. Because she allowed her registration to lapse, she is no longer a CRNBC registrant. Her registration status is inactive. To return to practising registration, she begins a change status application. In the application*, she states that she has not worked without registration. She confirms she has met CRNBC's quality assurance requirements for the previous year and completes her self-assessment.

She has already paid her registration fees through the pre-authorized payment plan, but now must pay the $105 change status fee. Shortly after completing her application, she receives an email confirming that she has practising registration. As a final step, she checks CRNBC's online verification service to confirm her registration status.

She calls her supervisor and leaves a voicemail to let them know she is now registered and will be back at work for her next shift.

As a final step, Celice adds a recurring appointment to her smartphone calendar "January 15: renew registration."

*If more than 90 days had lapsed from the last time Celice held practising registration, she would also need to submit a notarized statutory declaration form (Form 11). 

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