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.


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.


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.



If you are a self-employed Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) in independent practice you are required to have specific PLI coverage for self-employment and submit verification to CRPNA annually as this is a requirement for entering into private or self-employed practice.




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 Receipts
              "How to Renew" Instructions
              Quick Tips to Calculate Practice Hours  

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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.

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NEW   APPROVED    College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta Code of Ethics and Standards of Psychiatric Nursing Practice (revised 2022).  (The Code of Ethics remains unchanged).

The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) is the legislated regulatory body in which all Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) in the province of Alberta are regulated. In accordance with the Health Professions Act (HPA), the CRPNA is accountable for public protection by ensuring that Registered Psychiatric Nurses in Alberta provide safe, competent and ethical practice. One way this is achieved is through the development, monitoring, and enforcement of the CRPNA Code of Ethics and Standards of Psychiatric Nursing Practice. This document articulates the legal and professional obligations of the Registered Psychiatric Nurse and the minimum requirements that must be met. 

CRPNA extends appreciation to the many Alberta Registered Psychiatric Nurses who provided input and expertise in the development of this document and acknowledges the foundational work of the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Standards of Psychiatric Nursing Practice 2019 that contributed to the development of this new document. 


To access the new Code of Ethics and Standards of Psychiatric Nursing Practice and all other CRPNA standards and guidelines that RPNs must adhere to in practice - click here .


APPROVED Documents for Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) Prescribing and Ordering Diagnostic Tests

The following approved documents are requirements for RPN prescribing.

Registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) who meet certain requirements can become authorized to prescribe Schedule 1 drugs (except controlled drugs and substances) and order common diagnostic tests within a specific clinical practice setting.



RPNs can only be authorized to prescribe within a specific practice setting and location.  If you move practice settings or locations, your authorization is no longer valid, and you will need to re-apply for authorization in your new practice setting.


RPNs employed by Alberta Health Services and who wish to become an authorized prescriber in their practice area, are asked to contact Tyler Burley([email protected]) to discuss Alberta Health Services practice areas supporting nurse prescribing.



  • Hold an active permit and be in good standing with CRPNA
  • Have at least 3,000 clinical practice hours as an RPN
  • Have at least 750 practice hours in the practice setting/location in which you are seeking to prescribe
  • Complete the approved Athabasca University RPN prescribing course
  • Have employer support including an employer reference, employer policies, clinical support tools, and collaborative practice relationships in the workplace




Once all the above criteria have been met, please contact CRPNA for the application to become an authorized RPN prescriber.


CRPNA contact information: [email protected] with the subject line:  REQUEST FOR RPN PRESCRIBING AUTHORIZATION.




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.


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