Once the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) assesses an applicant and issues a practice permit, the applicant becomes a registrant.
Registrants are required to renew their permit annually to practice as a registered nurse (RN) or nurse practitioner (NP) in Alberta. During renewal, the CRNA ensures the registrant still meets all the requirements to practice.
All registrants who hold an active practice permit must annually complete the continuing competence program (CCP) requirements. The CCP supports public safety by ensuring registrants engage in ongoing professional development to maintain and enhance their competence. Registrants assess their nursing practice, obtain peer feedback, and implement a learning plan to address their learning needs.
Registrants update any changes in their employment, and confirm they practised enough hours as an RN or NP to satisfy permit requirements. During their renewal application, registrants self-report whether they have practised a minimum of 1,125 hours within the last five practice years (October 1 to September 30). Nurse practitioners have additional requirements.
The CRNA requires registrants to complete mandatory education that protects patients.
Registrants have a responsibility to report any disciplinary or conduct concerns, and criminal convictions or charges throughout the year. They are also required to attest that they are fit to practice. If a registrant is unable to practise due to a physical or mental health condition, substance abuse or addiction, or a medical leave, they are obligated to report this to the CRNA throughout the year.
The Government of Alberta requires registrants to hold a source of professional liability coverage. The CRNA bylaws further state that registrants must have beneficiary status with the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS). The CNPS offers legal advice, professional liability protection and assistance with legal proceedings.
A registrant may have conditions on their practice permit. They are responsible for reviewing and addressing those conditions in a timely manner. In some cases, a practice permit may not be renewed unless the conditions are met.
The CRNA has a process to address complaints and ensure registrants meet all the requirements to maintain their practice permit in good standing.