Job requirements Independent Practice - Registered Nurse in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as an independent practice - registered nurse in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

Registered nurses
  • Completion of a university, college or other approved registered nursing program is required.
  • Additional academic training or experience is required to specialize in a specific area of nursing.
  • A master's or doctoral degree in nursing is usually required for clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurses, nursing consultants and nursing researchers.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required in all provinces and territories.
Registered psychiatric nurses
  • Completion of a university or college registered psychiatric nursing program is required.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional regulation and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Psychiatric Nurse Regulated College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Alberta
Registered Nurse Regulated College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
British Columbia Psychiatric Nurse Regulated College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia
Registered Nurse Regulated College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia
Manitoba Psychiatric Nurse Regulated College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba
Registered Nurse Regulated College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba
New Brunswick Nurse (registered) Regulated Nurses Association of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Registered Nurse Regulated Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Registered Nurse Regulated Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut
Nova Scotia Registered Nurse Regulated College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia
Nunavut Registered Nurse Regulated Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut
Ontario Registered Nurse Regulated College of Nurses of Ontario
Prince Edward Island Registered Nurse Regulated Association of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island
Québec Nurse (clinical) Regulated Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec
Registered Nurse Regulated Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec
Saskatchewan Nurse (registered Psychiatric) Regulated Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan
Registered Nurse Regulated Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan
Yukon Registered Psychiatric Nurses Regulated Professional Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Government of Yukon
Registered Nurse Regulated Yukon Registered Nurses Association

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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