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Applying to the Temporary Class

To apply for the Temporary Class, you must first apply to join the General Class. If you have not already started this process, contact the College to receive an application package.

  1. After you have begun the process to register in the General Class (see How to Apply for more on applying to the General Class), you can apply for the Temporary Class by downloading or requesting a copy of the Application for a Certificate of Registration in the Temporary Class.

  2. Your prospective employer completes Section 1 (Offer of Employment) of the form. You complete Sections 2 and 3. Return the completed form to the College together with payment for all applicable application, registration and annual membership fees, as well as a valid police criminal record check. To make sure your application isn’t delayed by a missing document such as the police criminal record check, don’t wait until the end of the process to apply for it.

  3. All applicants to the Temporary Class are also required to complete the RN/RPN Jurisprudence Examination. You will receive an email with details about how to access the online exam, which can be completed at any time, as part of your application to the General Class.

  4. Once the College has received the completed form, fees, and police criminal record check, and it is satisfied you have met all Temporary Class requirements, it will take up to 15 business days for your registration to be processed. You can confirm your temporary registration by searching for your name on Find a Nurse, the College’s online register.


  • It is your responsibility to apply for and complete the registration exam for your category (RN or RPN) before your six-month Temporary Class membership expires.
  • If you apply for the Temporary Class and your registration is not completed by the time the College receives your exam results, then your request for temporary registration will not be processed and you will have to begin the application for General Class membership.
  • If you fail to pass the registration exam while holding a temporary membership, then the College will notify you and your employer that your membership has expired and you are no longer permitted to practise nursing in Ontario.
  • The police criminal record check can take six to eight weeks (or longer) to receive and is valid only for six months after it is issued. Make sure you plan for this (and any other) document to prevent delays at the end of the application process. 
Page last reviewed December 21, 2016