The CNA Certification Program is Canada’s only bilingual, nationally recognized nursing specialty credential. More than 15,000 nurses across Canada are CNA certified.
We have certification in 22 nursing practice specialties and offer 19 exams. In 2019, we introduced our first certification for licensed/registered practical nurses and in 2020, registered psychiatric nurses can become certified in their specialty.
Top health-care employers across Canada support certification because they want nurses who are confident in their skill and have expertise in the latest standards of practice and care. CNA is now offering incentives to employers who sponsor 10 or more nurses in becoming certified.
Impact of certification
Initial and renewal certification
To become certified, nurses must meet important eligibility requirements and then write an exam. The exams are bilingual and rigorously validated by subject matter experts from across Canada. These experts collaborate with testing and measurement consultants from Yardstick Assessment Strategies Inc., which ensures the exams reflect the latest evidence-based practices.
Nurses must renew their credential every five years. They can do so by submitting a record of continuous learning or by rewriting the exam.
There are two exam windows annually (see important dates).