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Registration Requirements

During the application process, the College assesses all NP applicants to determine whether they meet the following registration requirements.

If the College finds that you do not meet one or more of these requirements, then you may be asked to provide more information or do something (such as complete an evaluation or additional education) that allows you to meet those requirements.

You have the right to request a review of your application if you want to appeal any decision made by College staff or the Registration Committee concerning your application.

See Registration Requirements for further information about each of these requirements.


Eligibility for registration in the General Class You must demonstrate that:
  • you are or have been registered as an RN in the General Class in Ontario or
  • you are eligible to register as an RN in the General Class in Ontario or
  • you are or have been registered as an RN with a health regulatory authority elsewhere in Canada, in one of the states within the United States of America, or in another jurisdiction approved by Council.

See Classes of Registration for more information on the registration requirements for the General Class.

Nursing Education You must demonstrate the successful completion of an approved NP education program for the requested NP specialty certificate.
Evidence of Practice You must show that you have recent experience practising in an advanced nursing practice role. Your practice must include direct interaction with client population(s) consistent with each specialty certificate for which you are seeking registration and the use of advanced nursing knowledge and decision-making skill in health assessment, diagnosis and therapeutics in the treatment of those clients. Most applicants automatically meet this requirement by completing an approved NP program within the past three years, or by providing evidence of practising in a clinical NP role.
Registration Examination You must successfully complete the registration examination approved by the College for the specialty certificate that you are requesting.
Jurisprudence Examination You must successfully complete the NP Jurisprudence Examination.
Proficiency in English or French You must demonstrate proficiency in either English or French.

Citizenship You must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or hold authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) to engage in the practice of nursing in Ontario.
Past Offences and Findings You must truthfully state whether you have ever been found guilty of an offence, refused registration, had a finding related to the practice of nursing or another profession against you, or are involved in certain proceedings.
Health and Conduct You must declare whether you suffer from any physical or mental condition or disorder that could affect your ability to practise nursing in a safe manner. The College must also be satisfied that you will practise with decency, honesty and integrity, and in accordance with the law.

In addition to all other requirements for registration in the Extended Class, it is a non-exemptible requirement for applicants applying from other Canadian jurisdictions to provide, from each Canadian nursing regulatory body with which they are registered as an NP, a certificate or letter confirming that they are in good standing as a nurse in the particular jurisdiction.

This includes confirmation that the applicant: 

  • is registered with that body as an NP
  • is permitted to practise nursing in that province or territory.
Page last reviewed September 17, 2014