LPN Conditional Licence Questions and Answers for Applicants

If you are a new graduate or internationally educated nurse who wishes to apply for a conditional licence, the following questions and answers (Q&As) will help guide you through the process. 

Note: These Q&As are specific to the LPN conditional licence application process. In previous years, a conditional licence was called a temporary licence. 

The following individuals may be issued a licensed practical nurse – conditional licence:

  1. Graduates from NS and other Canadian jurisdictions who have completed all nursing program requirements but have not written the CPNRE examination.
  2. Graduates from a nursing program outside of Canada who are deemed by NSCN to be eligible to write the CPNRE examination.

You must submit the following 6 components before being eligible for a licensed practical nurse – conditional licence:

  1. Licensed Practical Nurse – Conditional Licence Application, if you have not already applied
  2. Licensure fee
  3. Proof of name (birth and marriage certificate, if applicable) and government issued photo ID (passport, driver’s licence), if not already on file
  4. Passing score on the LPN Jurisprudence Exam
  5. Canadian and International Criminal Record Checks, as applicable
  6. Confirmation that you have completed a program: 
    1. For graduates of a Nova Scotia nursing education program, your school will send confirmation directly to NSCN. 
    2. For out-of-province graduates, you need to request that the regulatory body in the jurisdiction where you completed your program send this information directly to NSCN. 
    3. For internationally educated nurses, NSCN will inform you when you are eligible for a conditional licence.

We will send you an email when we have processed your licence. You can also Search for a Nurse. All licensed practical nurse – conditional licence holders’ names will appear on this list as soon as the conditional licence is processed.

Yes, in fact we encourage it. The key to getting a license practical nurse – conditional licence processed in a timely manner is submitting a completed application package to us in advance of your school submitting a confirmation of program completion.

A licensed practical nurse – conditional licence is issued for a period of four months and is issued with conditions and restrictions.

As a holder of a licensed practical nurse – conditional licence you will have the following conditions and restrictions applied to your licence:

  1. You must work collaboratively or under the guidance or direction of a licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, medical practitioner or any health care provider authorized to provide such consultation, guidance or direction.
  2. You may administer all prescribed medication for which you have the individual competency to do so, within the scope of practice and/or employer policy and procedures.
  3. You may not assume the role of nurse in charge.

Yes, a licensed practical nurse – conditional licence may be re-issued to individuals who apply and qualify for another four-month licensed practical nurse – conditional licence to a maximum of twelve months from the date a graduate has completed the requirements of their nursing program.

The “date a graduate has completed the requirements of their nursing program” is defined as:

  • For Nova Scotia graduates: the date we receive the list of confirmed graduates from the Nova Scotia schools of nursing.
  • For out-of-province graduates: the date the regulatory body or school of nursing indicates you met all requirements of your nursing program.
  • For internationally educated nurses: the date you were informed of your eligibility to write the CPNRE Exam.

A licensed practical nurse – conditional licence will expire and be rescinded after first failure of the CPNRE Exam.

No. The initial licensed practical nurse – conditional licence is invalid when it expires. Employment cannot resume until we re-issue you a licensed practical nurse – conditional licence.

You will be disqualified if more than twelve months have passed since you completed the requirements of your nursing program. For internationally educated nurses, it is more than twelve months following eligibility to take the CPNRE Exam.

If approved, the four-month licensed practical nurse – conditional licence will be re-issued within five business days, although it is often sooner.

The licensed practical nurse – conditional licence will continue to be valid until it reaches its expiry date or you register and licence as an LPN. You are eligible to apply for an LPN - practising licence at any time but you must do so before your licensed practical nurse – conditional licence expires in order to continue practising without interruptions.

Information on how to register and license will be included in the letter that you will receive once you have passed the CPNRE Exam.

A Licensed Practical Nurse - Conditional Licence holder may use the following designations: 

  • Licensed Practical Nurse pending 
  • LPN pending 
  • L.P.N. pending 

If you have any questions, reach out to us at registration@nscn.ca. We will respond within 2 business days.