Registration and renewal

Sign in to MyCARNA

Manage your permit through the MyCARNA portal.

Renewing your permit

Find everything you need to know about how to renew your registration with CARNA.

Taking leave or retiring

Whether you're leaving the profession or taking a break, there are a few steps you need to take to finish up the practice year. 

Return to practice

Choosing to return to nursing practice in Alberta after a hiatus?  Here's where you'll learn what you need to do to become a practising RN again.

Applying for self-employed practice

Following your entrepreneurial side?  RNs and NPs pursuing self-employment will need to have their self-employed practice approved by CARNA.

Request verification

If you are applying for registration in a jurisdiction outside Alberta, you will require verification of your registration with CARNA to submit to the regulatory body in the jurisdiction in which you are applying. Find out how to get this done.

Fees and payments

Find out costs for assessments, permits, exams and registration.

New to nursing? Or just new to Alberta? Take your next step to becoming a registered nurse in Alberta. A registered nurse or nurse practitioner career in Alberta is filled with opportunity. We wish you well as you embark on the process to practise in Alberta.

Internationally educated applicants

Alberta welcomes nurses from other parts of Canada and the world. If you completed your nursing education outside of Canada, here's what you need to know to apply to practise in Alberta.

New graduate applicants

Are you a recent graduate from an approved nursing program in Alberta or elsewhere in Canada? Here's what you need to know to register with CARNA.

Apply for the first time

Canadian RN applicants

If you are or were registered and/or practised in parts of Canada outside of Alberta, learn what's required to practise in this province.

Apply for an Alberta practice permit

Nurse practitioner applicants

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses who have undertaken graduate education and training in advanced clinical practice. Learn how becoming a nurse practitioner enhances your knowledge and skills as an RN.

Being registered provides you with a permit to practice and authorizes you to use the designation RN/NP. The RN/NP 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.

Approved nursing education programs

Nurses applying to CARNA need a baccalaureate degree in nursing to practise in Alberta. See the list of CARNA approved programs offered in Alberta.

English language proficiency

All applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in speaking, writing, listening, and reading English to a level sufficient to engage in safe, competent, ethical nursing care.

Exam requirement

Before you can apply to practise in Alberta, you must have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Learn about exam requirements, how to apply, what to do if you need to withdraw from the exam, when exams are written, getting your results and more.

Continuing Competence Program

Plan and carry out your annual professional development with CARNA's Continuing Competence Program (CCP).

Currency of practice

Find out how to meet CARNA's practice hours requirements and what to do next.

Fitness to practice

Find the answers to some frequently asked questions about fitness to practise.

Verify employees

Sign in to MyCARNA to access the employer verification tool.

Internationally educated nurses FAQ

Are you applying from outside of Canada and have questions about the application process? Find answers here.


English requirement

Application troubleshoot

Eligibility to apply

Common questions about the NCLEX-RN

Find answers here to common questions about the NCLEX-RN exam.