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Renewing Your Certification

“I believe certification is an important credential that shows expertise and a commitment to ongoing learning in my specialty.” Read what certified nurses say about the value of maintaining their credential.

How to renew

Your CNA certification is valid for a five-year term. You can renew your certification credential either by submitting a list of continuous learning activities or by rewriting the certification exam. You must also meet the eligibility requirements and continue to be a practising nurse in good standing.

Read our important dates to learn when you can renew your specialty certification. If you’re ready to renew your certification, log in to MyCNA.ca. Before renewing, you may want to learn more about the renewal requirements and the Application Process.

Please contact us if you have any questions.


The following exams were retired in 2019: gastroenterology, neuroscience, orthopaedic, perianesthesia and rehabilitation.

Nurses certified in any of these five specialties can maintain their credential by renewing every five years through continuous learning only. Renewal by exam is no longer being offered.

All certifications set to expire in 2021 are due to renew.


Missed your renewal?
If you were due to renew, please contact the certification team to discuss your options as you’ve missed your renewal period.

Unable to meet the renewal eligibility requirements?
If you are unable to renew due to personal or professional reasons, you can request (before your certification expires) that your certification be declared inactive.

If you take no action, your certification will lapse and you will not be permitted to use the credentials in your practice.

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