Moving to Alberta

Applying From an Outside Province or Country

Are you applying from outside Alberta, or Canada?  There are some things you need to know about licensing and registration before you can be employed in Alberta in a regulated profession. As a health care professional, you may be required to fulfill specific requirements in order to be a licensed to practice in that profession in the province of Alberta.

Registered Nurses/Registered Psychiatric Nurses

Registered Nurses must obtain licensure with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) to be eligible for employment.

If you are a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN), you must obtain registration with the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA). You must provide proof of such registration to your employer prior to commencing employment.

Licensed Practical Nurses

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN's) must obtain licensure with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA).  You must provide proof of such registration to your employer prior to commencing employment.

Educational Assessments

The International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) can help individuals obtain recognition for the education they received outside of Canada.  IQAS issues assessment certificates that show how educational credentials from other countries compare to educational standards in Canada.  IQAS assessment certificates are advisory only.  IQAS is part of Alberta Learning within the Government of Alberta, and was founded on extensive partnerships with employers, professional licensing bodies and post-secondary institutions.  Visit the Government of Alberta Employment and Immigration for more information.

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