Care to Be the Best
The first certification exam, offered in 1991, was in neuroscience nursing. Today, more than 13,000 nurses are CNA certified (see breakdown by specialty and province/territory).
Certified nurses are…
- Recognized nationally for their practice excellence and commitment to lifelong learning
- Valued by employers, because their certification demonstrates specialized knowledge and brings many benefits to organizations
- Viewed as having enhanced professional credibility
To become certified, you must pass a rigorous computer-based exam. There are two exam windows annually (important dates). Your exam preparation will be unique, depending on what you already know in your specialty. We offer many exam preparation resources, as do many nursing specialty associations.
If you become certified, your credential will be valid for a five-year term. At the end of five years, you can renew by submitting a record of continuous learning hours or rewriting the exam.