CNA certification exam validation committee
Note: All CNA exam development and/or maintenance is performed by Yardstick-Assessment Strategies Inc., which provides the customized, competency-based tests and assessment services required for a high stakes national exam.
The purpose of the certification exam validation committee is to review the exam questions, set the pass mark and recommend final approval of the exam to CNA. All the committee members must be specialty content experts. Two members serve as chair and co-chair and also participate at the mid-cycle (year 4) review of the exam, blueprint and practice test.
Committee members act as ambassadors for CNA by promoting specialty practice certification. They also communicate with the CNA credentialing team on any issues or concerns arising within the nursing specialty that may impact the exam. They may also provide specialty subject matter expertise to CNA.
The committee will be composed of a maximum of eight members with representation as follows:
- Three members from the western provinces (BC, AB, SK), the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut
- Three members from the central provinces (MB, ON, QC)
- Two members from the Atlantic provinces (NB, NS, NL, PEI)
- Where possible, the committee will have representation from the five domains of nursing (clinical practice, administration, education, research and policy)
- One bilingual member per committee (required)
- One member will be appointed as the official liaison between the national specialty association and the exam committee.
- Two members (chair and co-chair) will volunteer to be the key contacts and will consult with CNA as necessary
- All members of the committee will be actively involved in the nursing specialty area that the committee represents
- Current CNA certification in the nursing practice specialty and maintain their credential during their term
- Currently practising in their specialty
- Available to commit the required time to carry out the work
- Membership with their national nursing specialty association
- Membership with CNA
- Computer literacy
Members of the committee will:
- Participate in CNA certification exam development at the following stages:
Conduct the final review of the exam questions that will appear in future exams and, when necessary, formulate new items to ensure the exam meets the established guidelines/blueprint.
Recommend a final pass mark for approval by CNA.
The francophone representative of the committee will participate in the translation review committee and will be approve the French translation of the exam.
Approve practice test items, the bibliography and highlight most prominent resources to be included in exam prep resources made available to certification candidates.
Promote CNA Certification Program and assist with other activities and functions (as deemed appropriate by CNA staff).
Act as a nursing specialty expert to advise the CNA Certification Program.
- Approval of competencies
- Approval of the exam blueprint
- Approval of the final exam and standard setting (five-day meeting in Ottawa)
- Recommendation of a final pass mark to CNA
- Validation of exam items following the first exam administration (chair and co-chair)
- Mid-cycle currency review of the exam, blueprint and practice test (four-hour web-conference meeting)
CNA, in collaboration with the relevant national specialty association, will be responsible for the recruitment, selection and final approval of the committee members.
The duration of the committee will be three years and with the option to renew for a second term.