CNA Certification

“The CNA certification team has made the difficult decision to postpone the May 1-15, 2020, exam-writing window. This was not a decision that we made lightly but, given the current global COVID-19 pandemic, we feel it is the right thing to do.

If you were scheduled to write the exam in May, you can expect an email from CNA with instructions on what to do next. Further updates will be shared once available.”
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Care to be the best!

CNA certification is a nationally recognized nursing specialty credential for registered nurses. The first certification exam, offered in 1991, was in neuroscience nursing. Today, nearly 16,000 RNs are CNA certified in one of 22 specialties.

Certified RNs are…

  • Recognized nationally for their practice excellence and commitment to lifelong learning
  • Valued by employers, because their certification demonstrates specialized knowledge and brings many benefits to organizations
  • Viewed as having enhanced professional credibility

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Employer Support

Top health-care employers across Canada support certification because they want RNs 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. – See more at:

Important Dates

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Spring Jan 14 – Mar 8 May 1 – 15 Jun
Fall Jun 1 – Sep 1 Nov 1 – 15 Dec

Renewal by continuous learning (CL)

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Renewal by CL Jan 14 – Nov 1

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

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Certification Poster 2021

COHNA-ACIIST is pleased to announce the continuation the CNA 20% National Association Discount Vouchers available to our members for 2021.  Visit for details.