Registration for NPs

May 6, 2020 CNPE Administration Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

As a result of the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the May 6, 2020, writing of the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Examination (CNPE) has been cancelled. At this time, we expect that the October 14th date will continue as planned. Anticipating an increase in the number of candidates writing the October 14th CNPE, Canadian nursing regulatory bodies are working with the examination provider to be prepared.                

Candidates who applied for the May 6th examination will receive communication from their regulatory body on the process to write on October 14, 2020.

We thank all nurses for their professional dedication during this challenging time.   

Initial Registration

A nurse practitioner (NP) must be registered with the Nurses Association of New Brunswick in order to practice. Primary health care NP’s are eligible for registration.

The Nurses Act stipulates that the nurse practitioner must have reasonable access to a physician for the purpose of consultation with respect to any client and be able to refer or transfer any client to the care of a physician.

The nurse practitioner must provide to the NANB Registrar, annually, the employee’s name and a statement from the employer verifying that the nurse practitioner, in the course of employment, has reasonable access to a physician for the purpose of consultation and referral or transfer of any client to a physician for care. The nurse practitioner must notify NANB if employment circumstances change and complete a Nurse Practitioner Consultation and Referral Statement.

Nurse Practitioner Employment Contact Information

NANB regularly receives requests for NP employment contact information. These requests come from NPs and other health care disciplines such as pharmacists, physicians and diagnostic services when client information needs to be communicated.

If you are currently employed / working as a Nurse Practitioner, please enter your employment contact information by logging in to “My Profile”.

It is your responsibility to keep this information updated.

NANB Registration Renewal

Online Registration Renewal opens on October 1 and closes November 30 each year.

Registration must be renewed annually for Registered Nurses and Registered Nurse Practitioners. Your registration certificate will expire on November 30th each year. Practising nursing without a valid registration is illegal and constitutes an infringement of the Nurses Act.

Registration Renewal 

In order to practise as a registered nurse practitioner (NP) in New Brunswick, you must be registered with the Nurses Association of New Brunswick (NANB). It is illegal to practise as a registered nurse practitioner without a valid NANB registration.

To qualify for registration, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Practised 900 hours in primary health care within the last three (3) calendar years;
  • Practised 300 hours in primary health care within the last twelve (12) months;
  • Graduated from an Approved Nurse Practitioner Education Program within the last three (3) years; or
  • Completed a nurse practitioner re-entry program within the last three (3) years.

Please note: if your name has changed since you were last registered in New Brunswick legal proof of name change (marriage certificate, etc.)  is required.

Returning to work within New Brunswick after a leave of absence

NANB requires the following:

  • A completed Application for Reinstatement of Registration form
  • Payment of all applicable fees.

Returning to work in New Brunswick from outside of the province

If you were previously registered in New Brunswick and would like to reinstate your registration, the NANB requires the following:

  1. Application for Reinstatement of Registration
  2. Verification of Current Registration
  3. Confirmation of hours
  4. Payment of all applicable fees.

The Reinstatement of Registration package includes the required forms listed above. Please download and complete as instructed.


For more information, please contact Registration Services