This section is for RNs who are or were registered in a Canadian jurisdiction outside Alberta and are applying to register in Alberta for the first time.
CARNA has a rigorous process for assessing the substantial equivalency of your education and nursing experience. If you have been assessed and obtained RN registration in another Canadian jurisdiction where the process is not similar to CARNA’s, you must practise as an RN in that jurisdiction for at least 1,125 hours within the last five years before you will be eligible to register with CARNA.
Applicants who have not practised for 1,125 hours in Canada will be required to apply for assessment as an Internationally Educated Nurse. They may then be required to undergo a competence assessment and/or additional training to be eligible for registration in Alberta. The authority for this comes from the Registered Nurse Profession Regulation of the Health Professions Act, Section 10(1)(c) and 10.1(1)(b).
For the quickest processing time, complete all steps in Phase 1 on the same day.
For the quickest processing time, request that all parties in this phase send their documents to CARNA as early as possible.
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.
CARNA will email you:
It may take us longer to give you a decision on your application if you: