Applying for an Endorsement

If you hold current active practising registration as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in another Canadian jurisdiction, or as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) in Ontario, and wish to practise as an LPN in Manitoba, you must first obtain registration in Manitoba. You may obtain Manitoba registration by applying to the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM) for an endorsement. Information on the endorsement process is below.

Please contact the CLPNM prior to submitting your endorsement application in the following circumstances:

  • You are moving to Manitoba from another Canadian jurisdiction due to a Federal Government (National Defence, Armed Forces, and RCMP) transfer.  Applicants who can provide evidence that their application relates directly to a Federal Government transfer may be eligible for an application fee reduction.
  • You are coming to Manitoba to help with Manitoba’s COVID-19 Pandemic response, and have an offer of employment in Manitoba.
  • You are moving to Manitoba from another Canadian jurisdiction and were previously registered as a practical nurse in Canada but no longer hold active registration. In this circumstance, you do not qualify to apply for an endorsement but you may still be eligible to apply through another pathway.

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If you were educated as a nurse in another country, and do not hold current registration as a practical nurse in another Canadian jurisdiction, please review information on how to apply for a credential assessment, available here.

If you were educated as a nurse in another country, and do hold current registration as a practical nurse in another Canadian jurisdiction, you may have the option of applying through either the endorsement or the credential assessment application pathway. Please see here for information to help you decide which application pathway is right for you.

The Endorsement Process

If you are registered as a practical nurse in another Canadian jurisdiction, you may not start working as an LPN in Manitoba until you have been granted an endorsement by the CLPNM. All steps in the endorsement application process must be complete in order for your endorsement to be granted. These are:

  • opening and paying for your endorsement application
  • completing your endorsement application
  • providing evidence of continuing competence as a practical nurse in Canada by demonstrating one of the following:
    • recent Canadian practical nursing practice (1,000 practice hours in the past 4 years)
    • successful completion of a practical nurse education program recognized by the CLPNM or another Canadian practical nursing regulatory body within the past 4 years, or
    • successful completion of a CLPNM approved clinical competency assessment (CCA), and any additional education and/or supervised practice required by the CLPNM
  • having your completed endorsement application reviewed
  • viewing a recorded education session and successfully completing a test on the jurisprudence for LPNs in Manitoba
  • applying and paying for your registration as an active practising LPN, and
  • having your registration approved.

Guide to Endorsements

The CLPNM has a comprehensive Guide for Endorsement Applicants.  If you still have questions after reviewing the guide, please contact the CLPNM.

Application Forms

Endorsement applicants must use the forms provided by the CLPNM. Forms received that do not match those currently available on this site will not be accepted. Please be sure to read each document carefully and note that some documents must be submitted by you and others by third parties. If you require further information, please contact the College by email or by phone at 1-877-663-1212 toll free.