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Renewal by Exam

You are eligible to renew your credential by rewriting the certification exam if you:

  • Are CNA-certified
  • Are registered or licensed to practise
  • Have completed 2,925 hours of experience in your nursing practice specialty over your past five-year certification term

However, most candidates renew through continuous learning.

Read our important dates to learn when you can renew your specialty certification.

Retired 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. Five certification exams – gastroenterology, neuroscience, orthopaedic, perianesthesia and rehabilitation – were considered no longer sustainable for CNA. After much consultation with the respective nursing specialty associations, CNA has decided to retire these exams effective November 2019.

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

Fees

If you renew by exam, you will have to pay the exam fees at application time. Note: a Pearson VUE test centre fee will be additional. Pearson VUE will email you to set up your exam date and location at one of their many writing centres across Canada. This fee is paid directly to Pearson VUE.