Requirements for Registration

New graduates are required to meet the requirements for registration as set out in the Registered Nurses Act (2008) and the Registered Nurses Regulations (2013) as follows:

1. Registration

  1. Submit an application for registration
  2. Nursing Education - provide proof of successful completion of a nursing education program approved by Council.
  3. Submit satisfactory proof of the successful completion of a registration nurse exam approved by the Council
  4. Arrange for submission of legal identification documents (birth certificate, marriage certificate, change of name) and government issued photo identification, official proof of current registration(s)
  5. Those required to demonstrate satisfactory English comprehension must obtain the score set by Council on a test(s) acceptable to Council (see ARNNL's Fact Sheet – English Language Proficiency)
  6. Arrange for submission of a current Certificate of Conduct from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Royal Canadian Mounted Police or other appropriate policing agency (see ARNNL's Fact Sheet – Certificate of Conduct)
  7. Submit declarations stating that the applicant:
    1. Has capacity and is fit to engage in the practice of nursing;
    2. Has not been denied registration in another jurisdictions within the five (5) year period prior to the date of application, or the details regarding the denial of registration;
    3. Has never been convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code (Canada), the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada) or a similar penal status of another country, or the details of the conviction(s).
  8. Submit satisfactory professional reference(s)
  9. Provide consent to allow Council to obtain confirmation or verification of the documentation and information submitted as part of an application for registration
  10. Submit an application processing fee (application processing fees are to be paid by certified cheque, bank draft, money order, credit card or wire transfer payable to the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador).

2. Licensure

All applicants seeking a license to practice, in addition to meeting the requirements for registration, must meet the requirements set out in section 14(2) of the Act and section 5 of the Registered Nurses Regulations as follows:

  1. Submit an application for licensure (applicants will be provided access to the online licensure application after they have been approved for registration)
  2. Provide confirmation that his or her registration or licence to practice nursing is not under review, suspended or revoked in another jurisdiction
  3. Provide proof:
    1. succesful completion of a nursing education program approved by Council within the thirty-six (36) month period immediately preceding the application for a licence, OR
    2. practised as a registered nurse for at least 1125 hours during the preceding sixty (60) month period OR 450 hours during the preceding twenty-four (24) month period, OR
    3. successfully completed an approved nursing re-entry program within the preceding sixty (60) month period, OR
    4. is enrolled and participating in a baccalaureate nursing education  program or graduate or doctoral program in nursing or in a health-related discipline recognized by the Council and at the time of admission was eligible for a practicing licence.

      Documentation from employer(s) verifying the number of hours practiced in nursing broken down by hours per ARNNL licensure year (i.e., April 1 - March 31) for the preceding (60) month period, or proof of clause (i), (iii), or (iv), should be submitted to ARNNL. This information will be required to provide evidence of having met Section 12(1)(e) of the Regulations for renewal of a practicing license in subsequent licensure years. Applicants are encouraged to provide this information on initial application so that ARNNL may document your practicing hours.

  4. Remit required licensure fee.

The licensure fee, which includes malpractice liability protection, is payable only after the registration application has been approved and in accordance with ARNNL By-law Article II, Section 2: 

a. The annual license is valid for practise between April 1 to March 31 each year unless otherwise limited or suspended by a Decision of Council or an Adjudication Tribunal.

i. All nurses seeking to renew a practicing license in the province must submit the annual licensure renewal application by the administrative renewal process deadline of March 1

ii. All nurses seeking to renew a practicing license in the province who submit a licensure renewal application after March 1 shall be subject to a later application fee determined by Council

iii. Renewal applications received prior to or on March 1 with outstanding information required with respect to Continuing Competence Program requirements will have until March 31 (or last week day of the licensure year where March 31 is a weekend day) to submit updated information before a conditional license will be issued.

b. All nurses who actively practise nursing without a valid interim license or practicing license shall be subject to a penalty fee determined by Council. Default of payment of fees for three (3) month or more is subject to discipline in accordance with the Act, Section 21.

Provisional Registration

Applicants who are unable to submit proof of successful completion of the registered nurse examination or who are unable to provide a professional reference, where required, may be registered in the provisional register.

An applicant who is registered on the provisional register may be granted an interim license to practice nursing pending meeting all requirements for registration.

Registration in the provisional register expires three years from the date the applicant’s name was entered into the provisional register. Applicants will receive notification where provisional registration is granted. 

3. Interim License

Approval for an interim license (temporary licence) may be granted to an applicant who has been granted provisional registration pending confirmation that he or she has meet all requirements for registration, in particular successful completion of the registered nurse examination or provision of a satisfactory professional reference in accordance with the Registered Nurses Regulations, Sections 4 and Section 6. The applicant must apply for the interim license and pay an interim license fee.

An interim license may be granted as follows:

  1. Graduate nurses who are waiting to write or have written RN registration examinations and are awaiting results, and who have submitted an application with the required documents for a maximum period of four (4) months.
  2. Graduate nurses who have not written the RN registration exam and who are issued an interim license must write the RN registration exam within 4 months from the date of issuance of the interim license or another time approved by council.

Interim licenses for graduate nurses who fail the NCLEX-RN become null and void when the results are released and the graduate must cease to practise nursing. A graduate nurse may be granted a further interim license (IL-II) subject to conditions and restrictions. The IL-II application is available by contacting ARNNL.


The interim licensure fee, which includes malpractice liability protection, is payable only after the application (See Interim License Application) has been approved and in accordance with ARNNL By-law Article II, Section 8.


PLEASE NOTE: Your application will remain valid for one year from the date the application is received by the ARNNL.

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