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Beginning the Application Process

The application process for Canadian applicants begins when they contact the College and request an application package.

This can be done by filling out the online application request form or by contacting the College’s Customer Service Centre.  

The package contains a set of application forms, which must be filled out and returned to the College. In the case of nurses already registered in another province or territory, there are also verification forms that must be forwarded to the appropriate third party (employers, regulatory bodies) and returned by those third parties to the College.

Complete and sign all sections of the forms, including the Declaration of Registration Requirements, and return the forms with all applicable fees to the College.

Answering “yes” to certain questions on the declaration means the College will require you to forward additional information with your application, including a personal statement and supporting documentation. This information will be reviewed by the College’s Executive Director and referred to the Registration Committee, which will extend the time it takes to process your application.  

The College’s role in the application process begins when it receives the following:

  • a completed application form
  • all applicable fees 
  • verification of course completion and transcript request from a recognized nursing school, in the case of recent nursing school graduates (this information must come directly from the nursing school in an official sealed envelope bearing the school’s official letterhead, logo or stamp). 

Once the College receives this information, it will acknowledge receipt of your documentation and outline any further information that the College needs to assess your application.

The evaluation fee is non-refundable. You may be entitled to a full or partial refund of the examination fee if you choose to withdraw from a scheduled examination. 

Completing the registration process can take from three to 18 months, but this is a guideline only. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the timely delivery of all documentation and other information requested by the College.

Factors that may delay an applicant’s registration include:


  • You may photocopy any of the forms as necessary, and you are encouraged to keep a copy of your completed forms for your records. You must ensure that all forms are dated and signed.

  • While you can submit your citizenship documentation at any time during the application process, it is recommended that you submit your proof of Canadian citizenship with your application. 
  • Incomplete or missing information, including missing or insufficient fees, may result in the form(s) being returned and a delay in the processing of your application.
  • Making a false or misleading statement or representation on your application or supporting documents may result in the cancellation of your application for registration and/or cancellation of any certificates of registration that may be issued.


Page last reviewed February 20, 2013