Conditional Registration & Licensure

Welcome to the nursing profession in Nova Scotia. You will be eligible to receive LPN, RN or NP conditional registration and licensure while you wait to write the national exam once you have applied and met all registration and licensure requirement. 

This webpage is for you if you graduated from a practical nurse, baccalaureate or NP program in or outside Canada and you are not licensed anywhere else in Canada. If you have already passed the Canadian national exam and are already licensed with a regulatory body in Canada, please click here

Before you begin, it’s important to know:

  • We are available to help if you have any questions. Reach out to us at registration@nscn.ca and we will respond within two business days. 
  • All application documents must be provided in English. Translations from a certified translator are also accepted. You are responsible for the cost of all translations.
  • All documents received through the application process are the property of NSCN and can only be released to another regulatory body with your written permission. Documents will not be released to you or to any third party unless required by law.

Application Process

How to Apply for LPN Conditional Registration and Licensure: 

Unless you have already submitted the following, please submit these documents and fees to apply:

1. Application for a Licence

2. Out of province new graduates: Application fee 

3. Photocopy of two proof of name documents such as:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Nexus Card
  • Canadian Military ID
  • Driver’s licence or learners permit
  • Canadian government-issued ID card (federal/provincial/ territorial)
  • Permanent resident (PR) card
  • Citizenship card (Canadian or international)
  • Immigration card (Canadian or international)

Note: if your name has changed, NSCN may require proof of name change documents (e.g., marriage certificate). You must submit these documents to us directly either through the mail or email. We will not accept unclear and/or faxed copies.

4. Original criminal record check

5. NSCN requires confirmation of program completion:

6. For NS new graduates: we will receive confirmation directly from your school of nursing where you completed your PN program that you met all PN program requirements and are eligible for registration once you pass the national exam.  For out of province new graduates: we require a Confirmation of Program Completion form to be completed by either:

7. Registration/Licensure Verification form from every nursing jurisdiction where you have held or currently hold a licence/registration, if applicable.

8. Out of province new graduates: complete an English Language Proficiency Test, if applicable.

We will not be able to proceed with your application until all of the documents have been submitted. 

What happens once I submit my documents?

It will take up to five business days to process your application. You will receive an email when your application is approved. The email will also include information about next steps and how to pay for your LPN conditional licence. Click here for information about your licensure fees

What else do I need to do to become registered and licensed as an LPN?

Expiry of your application

For Canadian Educated Graduates: All Canadian documents (Statement from Employer, licensure verifications) expire six months from the date they were completed with the exception of the English Language Proficiency Test, which expires 24 months from the date of the test.

Your application will expire and close if your application documents are more than six months old and you have not been in contact with us for six months. 

If you change your mind and wish to become licensed after your file has been closed, you will be required to re-apply and meet the regulatory requirements in place at the time of your reapplication, including paying the appropriate fees. 

For Internationally Educated Nurse Applicants: all international documents expire 24 months after they were completed with two exceptions:

  1. English language proficiency test, which expires 24 months from the date of the test;
  2. information from your school of nursing, which does not expire.

If your application documents are more than 24 months old and you have not been in contact with us for 12 months, your application will expire and be closed. If you change your mind and wish to re-apply after your file has been closed, you will be required to re-apply to both NNAS and NSCN, including paying fees to both. Note: your application will be measured against the regulatory requirements at the time your re-apply.

How to Apply for RN Conditional Registration and Licensure: 

Unless you have already submitted the following, please submit the following documents and fees to apply: 

1. Initial Registration Assessment Application. Your application also includes the option to apply and pay for the:

2. Photocopy of two proof of name documents such as:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Nexus Card
  • Canadian Military ID
  • Driver’s licence or learners permit
  • Canadian government-issued ID card (federal/provincial/ territorial)
  • Permanent resident (PR) card
  • Citizenship card (Canadian or international)
  • Immigration card (Canadian or international)

Note: if your name has changed, NSCN may require proof of name change documents (e.g., marriage certificate). You must submit these documents to us directly either through the mail or email. We will not accept unclear and/or faxed copies.

3. NSCN requires confirmation from the regulatory body where you completed your RN program that you met all RN program requirements and are eligible for registration once you pass the national exam.  

4. Registration/Licensure Verification from the most recent jurisdiction where you have held or currently hold a nursing licence/registration.

5. Original Canadian and International Criminal Record Check, if applicable. 

6. Complete an English Language Proficiency Test, if applicable.

We will not be able to proceed with your application until all of the documents have been submitted. 

What happens once I submit my documents?

It will take up to five business days to process your application. Visit the RN & NP New Applicant Portal to track the receipt of your application documents. 

What else do I need to do to become registered and licensed as an RN?

Does NSCN recognize other nursing exams?

No. The NCLEX-RN exam is the mandatory exam required for RN registration and licensure in Nova Scotia. NSCN does not recognize any other nursing exam, including CASN’s voluntary Canadian Examination for Baccalaureate Nursing. Please contact registration@nscn.ca if you have any questions.

Expiry of Your Application

For Canadian Educated Graduates: All Canadian documents (Statement from Employer, licensure verifications) expire six months from the date they were completed with the exception of the English Language Proficiency Test, which expires 24 months from the date of the test.

Your application will expire and close if your application documents are more than six months old and you have not been in contact with us for six months. 

If you change your mind and wish to become licensed after your file has been closed, you will be required to re-apply and meet the regulatory requirements in place at the time of your reapplication, including paying the appropriate fees. 

For Internationally Educated Nurse Applicants: all international documents expire 24 months after they were completed with two exceptions:

  1. English language proficiency test, which expires 24 months from the date of the test;
  2. information from your school of nursing, which does not expire.

If your application documents are more than 24 months old and you have not been in contact with us for 12 months, your application will expire and be closed. If you change your mind and wish to re-apply after your file has been closed, you will be required to re-apply to both NNAS and NSCN, including paying fees to both. Note: your application will be measured against the regulatory requirements at the time your re-apply.

How to Apply for NP Conditional Registration and Licensure: 

To become an NP in Nova Scotia, you must first become registered and licensed as an RN. Please see the RN application process above. Please contact NSCN if you wish to apply as an NP at registration@nscn.ca.

What happens once I submit my documents?

It will take up to five business days to process your application. Visit the Application Portal to track the receipt of your application documents. 

What else do I need to do to become registered and licensed as an NP?

You must: 

  1. Obtain registration and a licence to practice nursing as an RN in Nova Scotia
  2. Pass the RN and NP Jurisprudence exams

Expiry of your Application

All Canadian documents (Statement from Employer, licensure verifications) expire six months from the date they were completed with the exception of the English Language Proficiency Test, which expires 24 months from the date of the test.

Your application will expire and close if your application documents are more than six months old and you have not been in contact with us for six months. 

If you change your mind and wish to become licensed after your file has been closed, you will be required to re-apply and meet the regulatory requirements in place at the time of your reapplication, including paying the appropriate fees. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at registration@nscn.ca. We strive to respond to you as soon as possible. However, due to the high volumes of emails and complexity of inquiries, our response time may vary.  

Please be advised that registration requirements and fees are subject to change. All registration and licensure fees are non-refundable. Click here to learn more about fees and payment options.