Frequently Asked Questions
Renewing your Certificate of Practice
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- When is renewal?
Renewal opens on Oct. 1 and closes on Dec. 1. Your complete application must be received by 6 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2018.
- Why do I have to renew my certificate of practice?
A valid certificate of practice is a legal requirement to practise as an RN or RN(NP) in Manitoba. If you do not renew your certificate of practice for 2019 and continue to practise in 2019, you may be subject to unauthorized practice penalties.
- What do I have to submit to renew my certificate of practice?
A complete application includes:
- an online renewal application
- applicable fees, including any outstanding money owed to the College
- completion of your annual continuing competency program (CCP) requirements, including the Reserved Acts in Practice jurisprudence learning module
- professional liability protection
- completion of CCP review requirments (if applicable)
- background checks (if applicable)
- How can I renew online if I don’t have a computer or internet access?
If you do not have internet access at home or work, we have a few computers set up in our lobby (890 Pembina Highway) that you can use Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- I don’t know my registration number. Where can I find it?
You can search for your name in Nurse Check to find your registration number.
- I forgot my password. What do I do now?
Click the “forgot my password” link on the CRNM Profile login page and enter your registration number. You will receive an email with a link to reset your password (this will be sent to the email address we have on file for you). If you don’t have access to the email account that we have on file for you or if you can’t remember the email address you gave us, contact us and we’ll update it for you.
- I started to fill out my renewal application and had to stop partway through. What do I do now?
Log back in to your CRNM Profile. The information you entered to that point will be saved and you will be able to continue from that point. Your information is retained this way until you complete your renewal application and your payment information has been confirmed.
- How can employers support RNs with renewing online?
We are asking employers to make computers with Internet access available and allow RNs a time to renew online at work
- How can I confirm that my renewal application was approved?
You will receive an email from us when your application has been approved. You can also verify the approval by searching for your name on Nurse Check. Allow at least one week for your application to be processed before checking your status in Nurse Check. If your status hasn’t changed after one week, please contact us as your application may be pending and may require follow-up on your part.
- What should I do if I'm not renewing?
If you do not plan to practise in 2019, please let us know. You can contact us or log in to your online profile and indicate you are not renewing. We will update your information and won't send you renewal reminders.
- How can I get an income tax receipt?
Income tax receipts will be available through your member profile by Feb. 28, 2019. We’ll send you an email as soon as they are ready.
- What does the College use my fee for?
Fees are paid to the College because we regulate the registered nursing profession in Manitoba. Registration as an RN gives you the privilege of belonging to a regulated health profession. This shows the public that you are an educated, qualified and competent professional. You also have the legal authority to call yourself a registered nurse.
- What if I have to change my name during renewal?
You do not have to wait for your name change to go through before you renew your certificate of practice.The process to change your name during renewal is the same as any other time of year, but during renewal it is especially important that you also change your name with the organization from which you purchased your professional liability protection. Find more information here.
Professional Liability Protection
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- Why do I need to obtain professional liability protection this year?
Your College fee no longer includes professional liability through CNPS. However, professional liability through CNPS is still a requirement for registration.
- How do I obtain professional liability protection?
You must purchase liability protection before your renewal application is approved. There are two ways you can do this:
- through membership in the Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba
- directly from CNPS
- Is my coverage the same through both options?
Yes. The coverage through CNPS is the same, regardless of whether you purchase it through the Association or directly from CNPS.
- If I have professional liability protection in another province or through my employer, do I still need to purchase it as part of my Manitoba renewal?
Yes. You must have professional liability protection in each province that you are registered. Even if your employer purchases liability protection as part of your employment, you are still required by legislation to have professional liability protection through CNPS.
- Do I need to provide confirmation of my professional liability protection to the College?
No. Both the Association and CNPS will communicate with us on your behalf.
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- Why does registration renewal close at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1?
A renewal deadline of Dec. 1 gives us time to contact you if there is an issue with your online renewal application. It also gives you time to fulfill any additional requirements that may be necessary. If you wait until the last minute to renew and there is an issue with your application, you may not be renewed for 2019 and will have to apply for reinstatement, which means you won’t be able to practise as an RN at the beginning of 2019.
This deadline also allows us to finalize the 2019 membership classes, to notify RNs of cancelled certificates of practice and ensure Manitoba employers are in a position to schedule staff for Jan. 1, 2019.
- Can I apply for registration renewal on Dec. 1?
Yes, but we must receive your completed application by 6 p.m. on Dec. 1 and it can take several hours to complete the jurisprudence learning modules. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you renew as early as possible.
- What happens if I miss the Dec. 1 deadline?
If you miss the deadline and want to practise in 2019, you will have to apply for reinstatement. Click here for more information about reinstatement.
- What is an unauthorized practice penalty and who does it apply to?
This penalty is imposed when an individual practises as an RN without being properly registered. The penalty is $525 over and above the practicing registration fee for any calendar year, or part year.
Fees & Payment
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- What is my registration fee for 2019?
Registration fees for 2019 are:
- Registered nurse: $410.47 + $108 levy + GST = $544.39
- Nurse practitioner: $630 + $108 levy + GST = $774.90
- Why are my fees higher this year?
Registration fees are now set by Council. The levies are included as part of our financial sustainabilty plan and new financial model. We encourage you to learn more here.
- How can I pay my registration fee?
You have several payment options:
In-person Online By mail Visa, MasterCard, Visa Debit X X Interac X Certified cheque, money order X X
Remember, if you were enrolled in the pre-authorized chequing (PAC) plan in 2018, you have pre-paid your 2019 registration fee and don’t need to send payment unless you owe additional fees.
- Why doesn’t the College accept cash payments anymore?
Cash payments were discontinued for security purposes. This came into effect on July 4, 2017.
- How does the pre-authorized chequing (PAC) plan work?
If you were enrolled in the pre-authorized chequing (PAC) plan in 2018, you have pre-paid your 2019 registration fee but still need to complete any other renewal requirements. You will remain enrolled in the PAC plan until you let us know that you would like to cancel your enrolment. You do not have to reapply each year. Click here to enroll in PAC for 2019.
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- How do I calculate my practice hours?
Practising RNs and RN(NP)s are required to provide an estimate of how many hours you will work up to the end of 2018. This projection may require some calculations. For information on what can and can’t be included, please see our fact sheet Calculating Practice Hours to Renew a Certificate of Practice (link coming soon).
- How many hours do I have to work to be eligible for renewal?
The minimum requirement for RNs in Manitoba is 1,125 hours in the previous five years or 450 hours in the previous two years (unless you have successfully written the CRNE/NCLEX in the four years preceding the current renewal year).
The minimum requirement for RN(NP)s in Manitoba is 900 extended practice hours in the previous three years or 300 extended practice hours in the previous year. Nurse practitioner educators must have 100 clinical hours as part of their total practice hours per year.
If you are selected for the CCP Review, you will be required to have your practice hours verified by your employer. The purpose of requesting the verified hours is to confirm that you have met the minimum hours requirement.
- Can on-call hours be considered practice hours?
No. You must be engaged in RN practice to claim practice hours.
- When reporting practice hours, can I include the hours I worked as a graduate nurse?
No. These are not calculated for the purpose of renewal.
- I am on a back-to-work program because of a long-term disability. Can I claim these hours as practice hours?
Yes. You can claim these hours if the work is considered to be RN practice, if you were on the RN register at the time and if you are able to have the hours verified in the event of a review.
- What if my hours from a previous year are incorrect on my online renewal application?
You are welcome to make corrections on your online renewal application if they are needed. It is not unusual for your estimate from last year to be changed once you know how many hours you actually worked.
- What happens if my self-reported and verified practice hours do not match on my CRNM Profile?
Self-reported practice hours are calculated as an estimate by you during renewal. If you are required to submit verified hours your employer will calculate your practice hours and send them directly to us. The hours submitted directly from your employer often do not match your self-reported hours because your self-reported hours are an estimate. When reviewing your hours, we will confirm that you have met the minimum practice hour requirement. We do not compare your verified practice hours to your self-reported hours.
Leaves of Absence & Disclosure
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- I am taking a leave in 2019. What are my options for renewal?
There are several options if you are taking a leave from work. Click here to view your leave of absence renewal options.
- I am off work due to a long-term disability or Workers Compensation claim. Should I indicate I have a physical ailment on the Disclosure portion of the online renewal application?
Not necessarily. This question is meant to identify if you have a physical ailment which may affect your ability to practise nursing in a safe and competent manner. An illness, injury or disability does not necessarily prevent you from practising safely or competently. If you are unsure about your specific situation, contact us and ask to speak with one of our practice and standards consultants.
Continuing Competency Program (CCP) & Review
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- What do I need to complete as part of the CCP?
You must complete the Reserved Acts in Practice jurisprudence learning module and complete your CCP forms by the Dec. 1 deadline. Click here for more information about the CCP.
- Which jurisprudence learning modules do I need to complete?
You will need to complete the Reserved Acts in Practice module by Dec. 1.
- How do I confirm that I have completed the required jurisprudence learning module?
Your CRNM Profile is the best place to verify which modules are complete. If your Reserved Acts in Practice module is complete, it will have a date and time beside it.
All of the jurisprudence learning modules will be flagged incomplete in Lessonly. You do not need to complete all of the modules again.
- How do I complete the jurisprudence learning modules?
You can access all modules by logging in to your CRNM Profile and clicking the “jurisprudence learning module” button on the right-hand side of your profile. Click here for more information about jurisprudence.
- How do I know if I was selected for the CCP review?
If you were selected to participate in the review, you were notified by email in June/July. All review materials must be submitted by 6 p.m. on Dec. 1. This includes answering additional questions on your online renewal application and submitting your verified nursing practice hours. Click here for more information about the CCP review.
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- How does the College protect the confidentiality of my personal/renewal information?
We use a number of security measures to protect your information and we proactively take measures to maintain the security of information we collect.
Access to your online profile is password-protected. You can help maintain the security of your personal information by not sharing your password and always logging out after you’re finished. This area of our site also encrypts all data for secure transmission across the Internet. Encryption makes information unreadable as it travels over the Internet.
- How can I be sure that my online payment is secure?
Payments made online meet the standard for processing card industry (PCI) standards. This means that data transmission is encrypted and storage of any banking information also meets PCI standards. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) provides a high level of security for Internet communications and provides an encrypted communications session between your web browser and a web server. When sensitive information is being sent over the Internet between your browser and a web server, SSL verifies that the information has not been altered in any way. All major browsers released in recent years support SSL.
The College does not retain any personal banking information transmitted over the Internet. This information is retained by Moneris, the largest processor of transactions in Canada. Moneris also has enhanced security mechanisms to ensure the security of financial information.
- Why does the public have access to my registration status on Nurse Check?
This information is public information under the RHPA. It was previously available by calling the College during business hours. We are required to have a register available to the public and an online public register is best practice in the regulation of health professionals for a number of reasons:
- Information can be updated in real time
- It minimizes the risk of illegal practitioners fraudulently obtaining employment
- It is easily accessible and available anytime