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Practising without registration

Learn the facts about practising without current registration

​CRNBC takes working without registration very seriously, and so should you. Practising without registration is illegal.

Valid registration from CRNBC is required to legally practise as a registered nurse or nurse practitioner in B.C. If you work without registration, even accidentally, you’re taking a risk that can impact you professionally and financially. Here’s what you need to know:

You’re not covered by professional liability protection

Only practising registrants are eligible for professional liability protection. If you practise without protection, you are opening yourself up to personal financial risk if there is a lawsuit stemming from your nursing practice during that period.

Additional fees

If you forget to renew your registration and work on or after March 1, along with reinstating your registration and paying your registration fee, you’ll have to pay $420 in additional fees before you can practice again. These include:

  • $105 (incl. tax) change status fee
  • $315 (incl. tax) surcharge for practising without registration

Committee review

Applicants who practise without registration may be referred to the CRNBC Registration Committee for review. While under review, applicants are not eligible to practice until they have satisfied the committee that all requirements to reinstate registration have been met. 
 

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