Whether you are taking a leave of absence, retiring, or relocating to another province, we need to be notified that you will not be renewing your practice permit.
Even though you may not be working as of October 1, 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.
Though an employer may not require you to hold an active practice permit, please remember that CARNA, not the employer, determines what is nursing practice and whether registration is required. Please contact us if you would like your practice reviewed to ensure you don't work without a practice permit.
|Membership||What this membership means||Cost|
|Associate or retired member||You are no longer practising in Alberta and have completed your last registration year with CARNA in good standing, but still wish to:
You will also need to declare whether you are in good standing with any other professional regulators with which you are currently registered.
|Former member||You have completed your last registration year with CARNA in good standing. You will not receive any further communication from CARNA.||Free|
If you need to temporarily leave practice for reasons such as maternity/parental and you’re confident you will return to work in the next year—we recommend you renew your practice permit for the full year and not apply for a non-practicing membership.
Even if you only work a few weeks or a few days into the new membership year, you need to pay the full year’s registration fee. Unfortunately, there is no short-term permit option.
Former member status does not expire so does not need to be renewed.
Associate and retired members must renew and pay annual fees. If you choose not to, your membership status will be changed to former member.
You will need to complete the two-step return to practice process. As requirements and processes change over time, we recommend you check back well in advance of your anticipated return to determine what is required for the Return to Practice application.
We recommend you apply at least one month (or more if you need to provide difficult to obtain documentation such as out of country verifications) before your planned return to work, to ensure your registration is finalized in time.
If you are a current associate or retired member, your membership fee will go towards your practice permit fee.
Unfortunately, non-practicing members are not permitted to use any of the following titles and initials as they may only be used by members holding a practice permit:
No, you must hold a practice permit to work as a nurse in Alberta. This means, to count practice hours and education hours you need a practice permit.