A courtesy permit is a short-term permit granted to RNs and NPs coming to Alberta to practice nursing with active good standing registration in another province. Courtesy registration and practice permit may be approved for the following purposes:
- emergencies or disasters; or
- time-limited or short term:
- volunteer activity;
- research activity, when the primary research activity is located in another province or territory, and the research requires direct access to clients, or ethical implications for human participants;
- educational clinical practicum (e.g. in a nurse practitioner (NP) program; or a clinical care or emergency nursing certificate program);
- contracted teach staff (theory or practice) in a nursing education program in Alberta;
- job action causing disruption of health care services (e.g. strike); or
- training/certification activity not related to a formal educational clinical practicum.
- Temporary employment contracts, including agency or travel nurse assignments, are not considered appropriate for courtesy registration unless they are related to an emergency or disaster.
If your reason is not listed above then you may not be eligible for a courtesy permit. If you have questions about this or other requirements of a courtesy permit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to apply
- Create a MyCARNA account.
- Submit your application and pay the non-refundable assessment fee and the courtesy permit fee from your MyCARNA account. If you leave MyCARNA, you can return to the application by logging into your account and clicking Apply for Registration. You will receive further instructions by email
- Contact your local police to obtain a Police Information Check, and submit it to us as soon as possible. This must be received by us before your permit to practice in Alberta can be issued. Please note: we do not accept online criminal record checks, and the Police Information Check you provide must be less than six months old. You can submit this in person, or by email or Canada Post. *In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, some local police departments in Alberta have temporarily changed their process surrounding all criminal record checks. CARNA is offering new applicants an alternative interim solution to complete this requirement of your application. You must email email@example.com if you are interested in taking advantage of this service. This service, MyBackCheck.com is online and the results are sent directly to CARNA.*
- Submit copies of two pieces of government-issued ID (one of these IDs must be a photo ID) to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 780.443.6582.
- Meet the currency of practice requirement. In your application, you need to report
within the previous five CARNA membership years (October 1 to September 30):
- A total of 1,125 hours of RN practice satisfactory to the Registrar, or
- Successful completion of a degree or nursing program satisfactory to the Registrar
- Note: Currency of practice is one of the requirements for initial and ongoing registration with CARNA.
- If you don't meet the English language proficiency requirement, complete an approved English language test and provide us with the results.
- Complete the Verification of Registration form and send it to the jurisdiction from which you are requesting verification of registration. This form provides verification from the Canadian jurisdiction where you are currently (or were most recently) registered, and each jurisdiction where you were registered in the past five years as an RN or NP. Please note that it is a condition of a courtesy permit to remain registered in good standing in another Canadian jurisdiction.