CNA Certification

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 17,500 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 Exam application period closed May 1 – 15 June
Don’t forget! Fall 2019 is your first chance to write two new exams, but your last chance to write five others.
June 27 – Sept. 30  (new dates) Nov. 1 – 15 Dec.

Renewal by continuous learning (CL)

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Renewal by CL Jan. 10 – Nov. 1
Apply by June 1 to save 10% on your renewal fee

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Certification Poster 2019