CRPNA Members

Being registered provides you with a permit to practice and authorizes you to use the designation Registered Psychiatric Nurse or RPN. The RPN designation means you are a recognized professional and legally authorized to practice. It assures other health professionals and colleagues of your competence and reinforces public trust in our profession. Maintaining registration requirements helps ensure a continuing high standard of care.

CRPNA provides confidential consultations to registered psychiatric nurses and others who seek assistance about issues that affect the delivery of safe, competent, ethical psychiatric nursing care.


To be registered as an RPN or to maintain your RPN practice permit you must:

           * Have 1,400 practice hours in the previous five years, or graduated from a
              psychiatric nursing program in the past 4 years
           * Renew your practice permit annually by April 30
           * Complete annual Continuing Competence Program(CCP) requirements
           * Ensure your ongoing fitness to practice

Career Breaks, Parental Leave or Retirement

Whether you're taking a temporary break from psychiatric nursing, relocating to another province or retiring for good, we need to be notified that you will not be renewing your practice permit.

Even though you may not be working, we need you to renew or take a non-practicing membership by the renewal deadline to remain in good standing and to avoid outstanding conditions, fees or having your permit suspended or cancelled. This is the only way for us and the public to know that you are not working without a practice permit.


Practice Permits must be renewed by April 30th.

    Click on the Information Icon  for more information on:
              Key Points for renewing
              How to View Permits and Tax Reciepts
              "How to Renew" Instructions
              Quick Tips to Calculate Practice Hours  

Select the links below for more detailed information on:


To request:  tax receipts, verification of license, verification of self-reported hours, transcripts and other items download the request form

Once the form is completed you can email, fax or mail the form to CRPNA.   The request will be processed within 2 to 3 business days.


If you are looking for items for Nurses Week, please contact the Office by email with your request.


The Health Professions Act (HPA) provides a framework for governance, registration, restricted activities, discipline and continuing competence. It defines the requirements that regulated health professions in Alberta need to follow to provide safe and competent care to the public. Individual Psychiatric Nurses need to be knowledgeable about the legislation that governs their practice.


Members can sign in to their own personal member page where they can view and change personal information, view self-reported hours and print a current practice permit card and tax receipt.

Member Sign In


Duty to Provide Care, Practice Direction

CRPNA Practice Guideline Infection Prevention and Control

Alberta Relaunch Guidelines for Self-Employed Nurses Released by Nursing Regulators

 Professional Boundaries Guidelines


Social Media: e-Professionalism for Nurses

Nurses must be aware of social media’s evolving culture, understand its ever-changing technology and have the professional judgment and decision making to use it appropriately as outlined in the Social Media: e-Professionalism document from Alberta’s nursing colleges.

The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA),  the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA), and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA), developed this document in collaboration to aid nurses in better understanding the importance of maintaining professionalism and making informed decisions when considering the use of any electronic form of communication.

Nurses should develop social media competence by knowing the risks and benefits of social media and incorporate the principles of social media e-professionalism into their practice, including patient/person free content, respect for the privacy of others, and maintaining professionalism at all times.

If you have any questions, please contact the CRPNA by email: or phone: 1.877.234.7666 or 780.434.7666
WEBINAR: Social Media: e-Professionalism for RPNs

Webinar has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a future date.


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