Graduate Nurse License Extensions

This allows a recent graduate to practice as a Graduate Nurse while waiting to complete the RN requirements. This license is limited to 4 months and can be renewed to a maximum of 2 times.

You must currently be in the process of writing the NCLEX-RN, by having an exam appointment booked. If you are not, you will need to complete:  

  1. NCLEX Examination application and fee with the CRNS; and Register for the NCLEX-RN examination with Pearson VUE. Once you receive your Authorization to Test (ATT) email from Pearson VUE, you may book your exam appointment within the days stated.
  2. Log into the Online self-service, and complete the Graduate Nurse Renewal form and pay the renewal fee. This link does not appear until approximately 28 days before your current GN license expires. The final webpage has a note about program completion and transcripts which does not apply to you.
  3. Complete the Graduate Nurse Consent for Statement from Employer form. The start date on the form is the date you began practicing as a GN (clinical practice), which may be different from your hire date. Send this form to as an attachment. Once received, the CRNS will send the appropriate document to your nurse manager.
  4. Extension 2 also requires a dated and signed letter from yourself declaring that you have participated and complied with the Continuing Competence Program in regard to your GN practice; and have completed a personal assessment and developed a Graduate Nurse learning plan. Send your letter as an attachment to

 Use the Nurse License Check to verify your GN license before commencing work.

 If you are unsuccessful in your third exam attempt, your GN license will be cancelled two business days after the exam result is emailed. Bylaw V - Registration, Section 4(7) states: A temporary license is cancelled upon notice the member has failed the required examination for the third time.


Regulations and entry requirements are subject to bylaw and policy changes.

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