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Renewal Fees

CNA member fee Non-member fee2 Pearson VUE test Centre fee3
Renewal by continuous learning $317 $420
Renewal by exam $5701 $7561 $105
Inactive status $175

Applicable taxes will be added to the above fees.

1 These fees include a non-refundable administrative fee of $125.

2Member rate is available to CNA-certified nurses who

3 This fee is only applicable if you are renewing your certification by exam. Pearson VUE will e-mail 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.

Booking your exam

As with the regular exam fee, there is a exam booking fee ($105 + applicable taxes).

There are several exam-writing options available, with instructions for each. You can visit our Exam Preparation web page for details.

The booking fee goes directly to ProctorU or Pearson VUE to cover their costs of delivering the exams across Canada. The CNA certification exams are delivered through these networks, giving you greater scheduling flexibility by offering a two-week testing window.

Application fee discounts

Specialty association membership discount

Nurses who are members of their national specialty association SAVE 20%* on their initial or renewal application fees. Contact your association to obtain a discount voucher.

Group Incentive Discount

If you are writing an initial nursing certification exam or renewing your nursing certification by exam or continuous learning hours, you might be interested in forming a group to get a discount:

  • 10-29 applicants receive a 10% discount
  • 30 or more applicants receive a 20% discount

Any nurse applying for or renewing their certification can be included in the group incentive. Nurses who are rewriting the exam or applying through de Souza can be included in the group count, but they are not eligible for the group discount because their fee has already been reduced.


  1. A contact person provides CNA with a list of group participants. The contact person must have received consent from the applicants to share their contact information with CNA.
  2. CNA will check the list against its list of applications that have been submitted during the two application windows (applicable for same-year application windows only). At the end of the second exam window (i.e., end of December) individual refunds will be processed, provided the minimum number of applications has been met.

De Souza study group discount

Oncology and hospice palliative care nurses who are CNA members and registered with a de Souza exam preparation study group in 2020 SAVE 20% on their CNA certification fee. Visit www.desouzainstitute.com to join a study group.

Discount rules

  • Only one voucher can be used per application
  • All vouchers have an expiry date

Financial support

Please see the Financial Support section for more information regarding funding opportunities.