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Initial Certification

“I have found that having my certification has helped me be the successful candidate for positions that I have applied for over the years.” Read what certified nurses say about the value of earning their credential.

Thank you for your interest in the CNA Certification Program and for pursuing your specialty certification credential!

Exam application period closed

The application period to write the exam for initial or renewal certification will reopen on June 3, 2019. You can continue to apply for renewal by continuous learning until November 1.

New exams in 2019

In November, we will offer an exam in gerontological nursing to licensed/registered practical nurses and an exam in pediatric nursing to registered nurses. Apply between June 3-September 12 to write an exam in the November 1-15 exam window.

Retiring exams in 2019

For a certification exam to be feasible there needs to be enough nurses practising in the specialty. This ensures a minimum number of exam writers annually. At this time, five certification exams – gastroenterology, neuroscience, orthopaedic, perianesthesia and rehabilitation – are considered no longer sustainable for CNA.

After much consultation with the respective nursing specialty associations, CNA has decided to retire these exams after November 2019. (Watch this video message from CEO Mike Villeneuve.)

Please note:

  • November 2019 is the last opportunity to write an exam to become certified in or renew certification in gastroenterology, neuroscience, orthopaedic, perianesthesia and rehabilitation (see important dates).
  • RNs certified in any of these five specialties will be able to maintain their credential by renewing every five years through continuous learning. Renewal by exam will no longer be offered after November 2019.

Care to Be the Best!

Join the growing network of more than 16,000 CNA-certified RNs at the leading edge of health care.

As a certified RN you are…

  • Recognized nationally for your practice excellence and commitment to lifelong learning
  • Valued by employers, because your certification demonstrates specialized knowledge
  • Viewed as having enhanced professional credibility, because your certification shows you Care to Be the Best!

For nurses in Quebec, CNA certification is accredited by the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec. Obtaining certification can be claimed as 36 continuous learning accredited hours

Important dates — 2019 initial exam

2019 Poster [PDF, 1.9 MB]
Application window Exam window Results
Spring Exam application period closed May 1 – 15 June
Fall
Don’t forget! Fall 2019 is your first chance to write two new exams, but your last chance to write five others.
June 3 – September 12 November 1 – 15 Dec.

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