Apply for a practical nurse (LPN) full licence

  1. Determine if you're eligible
  2. Complete the application form
  3. Provide proof of continuing competency requirements
  4. Provide all other supporting documents required
  5. Pay your fees
  6. Submit your complete application package

  1. Determine if you're eligible

    All practical nurses in Yukon must hold a licence.

    Apply for a full licence if you're planning to use the title of licensed practical nurse (LPN) and work to the full extent of Yukon regulations.

    We accept new LPN applications on an ongoing basis, but you must renew your licence every year. All LPN licences expire annually on January 31.


    You can apply for a full licence if you meet 1 of the following requirements:


    • graduated from an approved licensed practical nurse (LPN) nursing program within the past 4 years and passed the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).

    Or you:

    • graduated from an approved LPN nursing program more than 4 years ago, and passed the CPNRE within 1 year of your application.

    Or you:

    • You do not hold a current licence but meet all the continuing competency requirements.

    Or you:

    • hold a current, full LPN licence in another Canadian jurisdiction and you're in good standing in that jurisdiction. Note: this is the only option for international graduates.

    If you’ve had any complaints, disciplinary or criminal action against you, please note:

    • we will assess your eligibility for registration or licensure on a case-by-case basis; and
    • you may not be approved for registration or licensing.

  2. Complete the application form

    Complete all sections of the application form. Do not leave a section blank. You may enter “not applicable” when it's relevant. We will return incomplete applications.


    • At the top of the application form, choose full or a temporary full licence.
    • Choose temporary full if you will practice in Yukon for less than a 3-month period in a licence year.

  3. Provide proof of continuing competency requirements

    You must fill out this section unless you:

    • hold a full licence in another jurisdiction; or
    • have graduated in the past 4 years; or
    • have passed the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) in the past year.

    Read the continuing competency guide for full instructions, details and examples

    Continuing competency requirements

    You must have completed the following requirements:

    • completed at least 1,000 professional practice hours in the 4-year period immediately before your application;
    • between 60 and 300 of these 1,000 hours must have involved continuing professional education; and
    • no more than 300 of these 1,000 hours have involved professional volunteer service.

    Forms and documentation required

    Provide the following completed forms with your application. We will return applications that are missing required documentation.

    Verification of employment form for health professionals

    Annual continuing education form

    Continuing education supporting documents

    • Provide a supporting document for every continuing education activity you're claiming that is more than 4 hours.
    • Documentation must include:
      • your name;
      • proof of the number of hours you completed; and
      • date you completed the hours.

    If you do not have a document with this information, then you may complete the verification of completed continuing education form. Complete this form with either the course provider/instructor or your supervisor.

    Verification of volunteer hours form

    • Download the verification of volunteer hours form.
    • This form helps us validate your volunteer hours.
    • Work with the volunteer organization to complete and submit this form.
    • We require 1 form for each organization.

  4. Provide all other supporting documents required

    You must also provide the following with your application

    Current photo ID

    • Provide 1 copy of a piece of photo ID.
    • The ID must be issued by a territorial, provincial or federal government body.
    • The ID must show your current legal name.
    • We do not accept a healthcare card as a form of ID.

    Copy of a work or student visa

    • We only require this if you're an international applicant.
    • Provide 1 copy of your work or student visa.
    • This documentation is in addition to the photo ID required above.
    • The documentation proves you're allowed to work in Canada.

    Criminal record checks

    • We require Canadian criminal record and vulnerable sector checks from all applicants.
    • Visit your local RCMP or police detachment to request a check.
    • The RCMP or police must complete the check no more than 90 days before you submit your application.
    • Ask the RCMP to:
      • send the results to your mailing address; or
      • make the results available for you to pick up.
    • Make sure to then submit the results with your complete application package.

    Verification of registration

    • Download the verification of registration form.
    • We require this form from all LPN applicants registered in another Canadian jurisdiction.
    • Complete the first section of the form.
    • Send the form to the regulatory body of that jurisdiction.
    • The regulatory body will return the fully completed form directly to us.
    • We do not accept forms submitted by applicants.

    Copy of your LPN diploma

    • Provide a notarized copy of your LPN program diploma.

  5. Pay your fees


    Full LPN licence

    • Registration (1-time fee): $40.
    • Licence: $200.

    Temporary full LPN licence

    • Registration (non-refundable): $40.
    • Licence: $50.

    How to pay

    You can pay by:

    • cheque;
    • credit card;
    • cash; or
    • debit.


    • Complete the payment information form.
    • Provide a cheque in the appropriate amount made out to the Government of Yukon.
    • After we issue your licence, we'll cash your cheque.

    Credit card

    • Complete the payment information form.
    • If you submit your application in person, by courier or mail, you may include your credit card info on your payment information form.
    • If you submit your application by email or fax, do not include your credit card information on your form. We'll contact you for your credit card info.
    • After we issue your licence, we'll take payment.

    Cash or debit

    • You can only pay by cash or debit if you can pay in person at our office in Whitehorse.
    • Complete the payment information form.
    • We'll hold your licence at our office after we issue it.
    • We'll take payment by cash or debit when you pick it up.

  6. Submit your complete application package

    Prepare your application package

    Your complete application package must include:

    • your completed application form;
    • all supporting documents; and
    • your payment form.

    We typically process applications within 10 business days. We'll confirm you've met all legal requirements before issuing a licence. We may return your application if you’ve not provided all the required documentation.

    How to submit 

    • In person or by courier: 307 Black Street in Whitehorse. We're open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Email:
    • Fax: 867-667-3609
    • Mail:
      Government of Yukon
      Professional Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (C-5)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6


For questions about the application process, email, or phone 867-667-5111, toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 5111.