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 21 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

January Initial Exam or
Renewal by Exam
Application Window 1
(Jan 10-Mar 1)
Renew by continuous learning
Application Window
(Jan 10 – Nov 1)
May Exam Period 1 (May 1-15)
June Initial Exam or
Renewal by Exam
Application Window 2
(June 1-Sept 10)
November Exam Period 2 (Nov 1-15)
December Certification expiry date for renewals due in 2018 (Dec 31)

2018 Certification Infographic – FR

2018 Certification Infographic – EN

2018 Certification Brochure – FR

2018 Certification Brochure – EN