Registration and renewal

My permit

Renewing your permit

Find everything you need to know about how to renew your registration with CARNA.

Taking leave or retiring

Whether you're leaving the profession or taking a break, there are a few steps you need to take to finish up the practice year.

Returning to practice

Choosing to return to nursing practice in Alberta after a hiatus? Here's where you'll learn what you need to do to become a practising RN again.

Self-employed practice

Find information on how nurses who meet the requirements to hold an active practice permit may choose to engage in a self-employed practice.

Verification of registration

If you are applying for registration outside of Alberta, follow these steps to verify your registration with the regulatory body you are applying to.

Fees and payments

Find out costs for assessments, permits, exams and registration.

Apply to become a nurse

New to nursing? Or just new to Alberta? Take your next step to becoming a registered nurse in Alberta. A registered nurse or nurse practitioner career in Alberta is filled with opportunity. We wish you well as you embark on the process to practise in Alberta.

Internationally educated applicants

If you completed your nursing education outside of Canada, here's what you need to know to apply to practise in Alberta.

New graduate applicants

Are you a recent graduate from an approved nursing program in Alberta or elsewhere in Canada? Here's what you need to know to register with CARNA.

Canadian RN applicants

If you are or were registered and/or practised in parts of Canada outside of Alberta, learn what's required to practise in this province.

Registration requirements

Being registered provides you with a permit to practice and authorizes you to use the designation RN/NP. The RN/NP designation means you are a recognized professional and legally authorized to practice. It assures other health professionals and colleagues of your competence and reinforces public trust in our profession. Maintaining registration requirements helps ensure a continuing high standard of care.

Approved nursing education programs

Nurses applying to CARNA need a baccalaureate degree in nursing to practise in Alberta. See the list of CARNA approved programs offered in Alberta.

English language proficiency

All applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English to a level sufficient to engage in safe, competent, ethical nursing care.

Exam requirement

Before you can apply to practise in Alberta, you must pass the exam requirements. Find everything you need to know to prepare and write your exam.

Continuing competence

Plan and carry out your annual professional development with CARNA's Continuing Competence Program (CCP).

Currency of practice

Find out how to meet CARNA's practice hours requirements and what to do next.

Fitness to practice (FTP)

Find the answers to some frequently asked questions about fitness to practise.

Jurisprudence 2020 course

After May 1, 2019, applicants will need to complete an eLearning course on jurisprudence.

Reporting criminal history

All applicants and regulated members must disclose any criminal history.

Verify a nurse

Verify employees

Sign in to MyCARNA to access the employer verification tool.


Registration and renewal help

Find answers to common questions about maintaining your registration.

Internationally educated nurses FAQ

Are you applying from outside of Canada and have questions about the application process? Find answers here.