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.


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

Member Sign In


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.


To request Tax Receipts (also available on CRPNA Personal Member Page - no charge), Verification of License/Confirmation of Registration, Verification of Self-reported Hours, Transcripts and other items download the request form  . 

Send the completed Document Request form along with the form you wish to have CRPNA complete (if applicable) to CRPNA via email ([email protected]), fax (780-436-4165) or standard mail.   Document requests will be processed within 2 to 3 business days.


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.


Social Media and e-Professionalism guidance document
UPDATED March 2021 



Mandatory Requirement - All RPNs MUST Complete This New Course

On April 1st, 2019, Bill 21 – An Act to Protect Patients - officially took effect in Alberta to protect patients from sexual abuse and sexual misconduct by health professionals.  As part of the legislation, all regulated health professionals in Alberta must successfully complete an education course on preventing and addressing sexual abuse and sexual misconduct towards patients.  The three-module course will create awareness about how to recognize and prevent sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. The course includes key definitions, mandatory reporting requirements, and consequences of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct.

All members must complete the online education course Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse and Misconduct  and upload their certificate of completion through their CRPNA Member Page prior to renewing their 2021-2022 practice permit.

This mandatory course on sexual abuse and sexual misconduct is now available through the Alberta Federation of Regulated Health Professions (AFRHP) and can be accessed by clicking the link below.

Click this link to the Mandatory Course: Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse and Misconduct

Please note this course will take approximately an hour and a half to complete, and your progress is not saved. Upon completion, you must save this certificate and upload it to your CRPNA Member Page prior to the 2021/2022 renewal year.



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  

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