Graduates of nursing programs from countries other than Canada (Internationally Educated Nurses - IENS), who do not hold a valid license to practise nursing in a Canadian province or territory, and who wish to become registered to work as a LPN in Canada, are required to apply to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS).  NNAS coordinates a consistent approach for IENs seeking registration/licensure to practise in Canadian jurisdictions.  NNAS offers a fair, direct and secure way for IENs to submit their documents for Canadian nursing registration.

NNAS provides the following:

  • An online application process;
  • One central location to send documents;
  • A national credential assessment process;
  • Online tracking of the status of your application.

After you receive your report from NNAS you can contact registration@clpnnl.ca for further instruction or complete the Application for Licensure for Internationally Educated Nurses.


Application for Licensure for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs)

Complete all sections of the IEN application for licensure and submit to CLPNNL along with the processing fee and the following documentation with your application for licensure:

Once deemed eligible for licensure in Newfoundland and Labrador you must apply for the first or second available for the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE)

A temporary license will be issued for 4 months to give applicants the opportunity to prepare for and write the CPNRE.  The following must be submitted to process this license:

  • Original criminal record check, including vulnerable sector check, not older than six (6) months before the date the license is to be processed.
  • The initial licensure fee of $376.66 + HST $56.50 = $433.16 ($227.00 + $34.05 HST = $261.05 after December 1).
  • Submit a certificate of completion for the Jurisprudence learning module.

When all fees and required documents have been received and deemed satisfactory, the license will be processed and the LPN’s name will be found on the FIND A NURSE section on the CLPNNL website.


Validating licensure status


Change of Personal or Employment Information


Licensure Requirements and Information


The following licensure policy information is divided into sections. The summary below identifies the section where you will find relevant licensure information.


A: Temporary Licensure Pathways

            This section includes information for:

  1. New graduates
  2. LPNs applying from other Canadian jurisdictions
  3. Former CLPNNL registrants returning to practice
  4. International Applicants
    1. Eligible international applicant with currency of practice hours
    2. Eligible international applicant without currency of practice hours, seeking the Supervised Practice Experience Program
    3. Eligible international applicant – non generalist
  5. Emergency temporary license applicants


B: Annual Renewal of Licensure

This section includes information for CLPNNL licensed LPNs renewing their license, including requirements, timelines, and penalties.


C: Reinstatement of Licensure

This section contains information for individuals who:

  • fail to renew their license by the licensure renewal date of March 31st.
  • Return to licensure following a planned leave.
  • Reinstate licensure after practice outside NL.


D:  Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE)

This section includes the exam writing policy, links to exam blueprints, application forms and testing windows.


E: English Language Proficiency

This section includes the policy related to English language proficiency requirements. 


F: Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check

The section includes the policy for document requirements and timelines.


G: Mandatory Jurisprudence Education

This section includes the policy on the requirement of jurisprudence education, and the link to the required module.


    H: Duty to Report Criminal Convictions and/or Reporting of Disciplinary Action by a Regulator

This section contains the policy including timelines for notification to CLPNNL.


I: Continuing Competency Program (CCP)

This section contains the CCP policy, and links to the CCP Toolkit, and forms for completion.


J: Verification of Licensure by CLPNNL

This section contains the required form and identifies timelines.


K: Appeal of Licensure Application and Renewal Decision

This section contains the appeals policy.


LRegistration and Service Fees

This section contains the fees collected by CLPNNL for registration and services.


M. Assessment of Work Responsibilities

This section includes information for LPNs requesting consideration of their role as nursing practice, for the purposes of currency of practice hours.


N. Recognition of Volunteer Hours

This section includes information for LPNs requesting consideration of LPN hours for a volunteer role.


The SPEP is a regulatory program that is employment focused and available to eligible candidates in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), who have met educational requirements but do not meet currency of practice requirements. 

Eligible IENs must have a NL employer and can then apply for a Temporary License. The Temporary License will be granted for a 6-month period. The program includes 450 hours of practice in a mutually agreed on area of practice with a minimum of 135 hours under direct supervision of an experienced LPN or in certain circumstances a RN preceptor. The remaining (315) can be completed under direct or indirect supervision. By participating in the program, candidates will meet the currency of practice hours requirement and enhance their nursing knowledge, skill and judgement. 

Following successful completion of SPEP, candidates who are International Educated Nurses (IENs) will be eligible to register for the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE). Successful completion of the CPNRE is the final step to move to initial licensure as a LPN. Applicants who are re-entry candidates and have already passed the CPNRE, can move to initial licensure following successful completion of the SPEP. 

For additional information on SPEP see the CLPNNL's SPEP Guide and CLPNNL Memo and FAQ's on the program.

SPEP Application for Temporary Licensure 2023 - 2024

SPEP Form for Employers/Organizations

SPEP Completion Form for Employers/Organizations

SPEP Partnership Assessment Form for Preceptors

English Language Requirements

All LPNs applying for licensure in Newfoundland and Labrador must have an acceptable level of proficiency with the English language.

NNAS will use the information that the IEN provides on the application form to determine if the applicant requires a language test to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency.

Applicants required to demonstrate satisfactory English comprehension must obtain scores set by the CLPNNL Board on a test(s) acceptable to the Board. 

Please see CLPNNL's English Language Proficiency Fact Sheet 2023.