Licensing process in Manitoba
This profession is regulated in Manitoba by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba.
To practise licensed practical nursing in Manitoba you must:
- have completed a practical nursing education program in Manitoba OR you must have completed a program of nursing education outside Manitoba that is equivalent to the LPN program offered in Manitoba
- hold active practising registration, which requires you to have practised nursing for a minimum of 1,000 hours in the past four years and have met the continuing competence requirements in your home jurisdiction OR you must complete the practical nursing refresher program
- be registered with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba
You must complete the following steps:
Note: The college conducts the licensing process in English only. Thus, all requested documents must be translated into English. (Translations must be notarized.)
STEP 1: Contact the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM) and tell them you are an internationally educated nurse and would like information on how to become licensed to practise in Manitoba.
STEP 2: Complete the CLPNM application form to have your education and credentials assessed.
You must submit the following:
- birth certificate
- two photos of identification (2×3 inches, signed and dated by guarantor)
- name change documents of all name changes that have occurred since birth
- completed criminal record and child abuse registry check
- verification of registration from your initial jurisdiction and all other jurisdictions where you have been registered in the past seven years
- employer verification of nursing practice hours from all nursing employers in the past four years
- educational information, transcript, diploma and syllabus
- proof of language proficiency (SEE BELOW)
- credential assessment fee
STEP 3: Wait for assessment correspondence outlining requirements to become eligible to complete the Canadian practical nurse registration exam.
STEP 4: Apply for graduate practical nurse registration after meeting credential assessment requirements.
STEP 5: Write the practical nurse registration exam.
STEP 6: After successfully passing the exam and paying registration fee the college will issue you registration as a licensed practical nurse in Manitoba (LPN).
For current amount of assessment, application, exam, membership and other fees visit the college website.
The college may refer applicants for a clinical competency assessment.
The practical nursing refresher program is required of all CLPNM members who do not meet practice-hour requirement.
Registration as a graduate practical nurse allows you to work under direct supervision of a nurse or other medical practitioner for a period of time.
English proficiency: To practise this profession you must have advanced skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. You should be able to:
- participate in complex discussions
- express your thoughts clearly
- understand technical documents
- write reports with confidence
If your first language is not English or French you must provide evidence of fluency – results of an approved language test (CELBAN, IELTS or TEF) taken not more than two years before your application.
Revised November 2013