Canadian nurse practitioner applicants
This section is for NPs who are or were registered in a Canadian jurisdiction outside of Alberta.
How to apply
Please fully complete each of these steps so your application can be processed
Phase 1: Intent to apply
To help us process your application as quickly as possible, please complete all steps in Phase 1 on the same day.
Ensure you meet the currency of practice requirement before you start.
- Create a MyCARNA account.
- Ensure you meet the English language proficiency requirement. If you don’t meet the requirement, complete an approved English language test and have the results sent to us.
- Submit an application for a Canadian Assessment by signing in to MyCARNA and clicking "Apply for Registration". After the application is submitted you will receive further instructions by email.
- Make certain that you meet the additional currency of practice requirement of an NP. You need to provide evidence satisfactory to the Registrar that within the four previous membership years, you have either successfully completed an approved NP program, or have reported 1,000 NP practice hours, of which 500 must be NP clinical hours.
- Complete the Verification of Registration form and send it to the jurisdiction where you are currently or were most recently registered as an NP. CARNA also requires Verification of Registration from each jurisdiction where you were registered as an RN or NP within the last five years, or as another regulated professional such as an LPN or paramedic.
- If it has been over six months since you completed your NP program, arrange for your current or most recent employer to complete the employer reference form and to send it directly to us. If you have practised as an NP or GNP during this time, you will need to arrange to have a physician or NP colleague who is familiar with your practice complete and forward the practice reference form to CARNA.
- We will contact you by email if any further information or clarification is required. We will also contact you when your assessment application has been reviewed to let you know that you are ready for phase 2.
Phase 2: Apply for registration and a practice permit
- Sign in to MyCARNA, apply for NP registration and pay the nurse practitioner fee.
- If you have never been registered in Alberta before as an RN, CGN, GN, GNP or with a courtesy permit, contact your local police to obtain a Police Information Check, and submit it to us as soon as possible. We must receive this before we issue your first permit to practice in Alberta. 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, fax or mail. *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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in taking advantage of this service. This service, MyBackCheck.com is online and the results are sent directly to CARNA.*
- We will email you if further information or clarification is required and when your permit is approved. You may not practise in Alberta, including orientation, until you've received this notification.
- All members are required to participate in CARNA’s Continuing Competence Program (CCP) by completing a CCP record for renewal each year.
How long will the application process take?
Processing times depend on several factors including the volume of applications we receive. For this reason, we are unable to provide an exact timeline. We review complete applications in the order they are received.
To avoid delays, please be sure to submit a complete application including payment and all required documents.
We try our best to process applications in a timely manner as we know it's important to you.
How to monitor the status of your application
Your status will be updated once we start reviewing your application. A document may have been received, but not yet reviewed by us.
We know that it’s important to you to have your application processed in a timely manner, and we do our best to do so quickly. We ask for your patience while conducting our review.