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All applicants for registration must meet specific requirements. Check if you meet the requirements.


You must be registered with CRNBC to practise as a registered nurse in British Columbia.

British Columbia law requires that anyone using the title "nurse" must be a registrant of one of the following:

  • College of Registered Nurse of British Columbia
  • College of Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia
  • College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia.

New applicants for CRNBC registration are required to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE).

Applicants may be required to undergo a substantially equivalent competency (SEC) assessment.


CRNBC does not approve any schools or programs that state they help prepare applicants for SEC assessments.

If you take preparation courses or other courses before completing the SEC assessment and competency gaps are identified through the SEC assessment process, you may need to do additional coursework as directed by CRNBC.

 Processing Applications

To be fair and equitable to all applicants, each application is assessed individually. As a result, the time required for registration to be established can vary significantly from applicant to applicant.

CRNBC cannot fast track applications from individuals who have secured jobs in British Columbia.
We strongly encourage that you do not move to British Columbia or commit to an employment start date until your application for CRNBC registration has been assessed and you are aware of the requirements you must meet to become registered.

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