Temporary Class

The Temporary Class is an option for applicants who have met all the requirements for the General Class except completing the registration exam.

Members in this class practise under defined terms and conditions. They can join the General Class after they pass their exam.

Temporary registration cannot last longer than six months.

Applicants must have an offer of employment from an approved facility in Ontario to apply to this class. The following are the approved facilities:

  • Boards under the Education Act
  • Boards of Health under the Health Protection and Promotion Act
  • Independent Health Facilities under the Independent Health Facilities Act
  • Long-Term Care Homes under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007
  • Psychiatric Facilities under the Mental Health Act
  • Hospitals under the Public Hospitals Act
  • Agencies, Boards and Commissions as defined by the Government of Ontario
  • Institutions funded by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care as Community Health Centres (CHCs), Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics (NPLCs) or Family Health Teams, and physicians funded by Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care primary care alternate payment plan agreements
  • Post-Secondary Educational Institutions
Registration Requirements

Applicants to the Temporary Class must meet all the registration requirements for the Temporary Class before they can practice nursing.

A temporary class member can apply to join the General Class after they pass their registration exam.

Registration in the Temporary Class expires if the member fails the registration exam. (Since one of the eligibility requirements for registration in the Temporary Class is that an applicant has not failed the registration examination, your Temporary Registration expires when you no longer meet that requirement.)

Membership Obligations

Use of protected titles

When practicing nursing, members of the Temporary Class must identify themselves using the following titles:

  • “Registered Nurse (Temporary)” or “RN (Temp)” in the case of members registered as RNs
  • “Registered Practical Nurse (Temporary)” or “RPN (Temp)” in the case of members registered as RPNs.

Professional liability protection

All Temporary Class members must hold professional liability protection (PLP) as set out in the College by-laws. They must produce evidence of PLP whenever the College asks for it. 

Terms, conditions and limitations

Temporary Class members are subject to a series of terms, conditions and limitations. This includes information on performing controlled acts, member accountabilities and supervision of temporary class members.

Employers must ensure that temporary class members are monitored and directed by a member of CNO’s General or Extended Class and that they practice in accordance to these terms.

View the Terms, Conditions and Limitations for the Temporary Class

Reporting requirements

Every Temporary Class member must tell the Executive Director about any of the following:

  • a finding of guilt in any jurisdiction relating to any offence
  • a charge in any jurisdiction relating to any offence
  • a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity or any similar finding, in relation to the practice of nursing or another profession in any jurisdiction
  • a current investigation, inquiry or proceeding for professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity, or any similar investigation or proceeding, in relation to the practice of nursing or another profession in any jurisdiction.

Also, the member must provide any information that is requested by the Executive Director under the authority of the Nursing Act, 1991, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, regulations under those acts or College by-laws.

Citizenship/Permanent residency/Authorization to practice nursing

A Temporary Class member must be one of the following:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • a permanent resident of Canada
  • someone authorized under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) to practise nursing in Ontario.

If a member ceases to be any of these, then that member must immediately stop practicing and inform the Executive Director in writing.

Page last reviewed June 01, 2022