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 16,000 RNs are CNA certified in one of 19 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:

Certification Program

The CNA Certification Program offers Canada’s only national specialty credential for nurses. With 19 nursing practice specialty exams available, CNA-certified nurses are recognized for their practice excellence and commitment to lifelong learning. Read what certified nurses say about the value of their credential.

Easy to apply

CNA’s new online system makes the application process easier than ever. Our user-friendly interface will even give you the ability to track the progress of your application every step of the way. To become certified, you must pass a rigorous computer-based exam. There are two exam windows annually: to write the exam in May, you apply February 28-March 31; to write in November, you apply June 1-September 1. Learn more.

If you are not a CNA member, join CNA and save on your initial exam fees!

Our new membership and affiliate options are available now. Join today for access to great benefits, including: exclusive discounts through the affinity partnership program; significant savings on CNA certification; 25% off select Longwood journals; access to communities of practice; plus so much more! (Please note that it will take 24 hours for your exclusive CNA membership benefits to appear in your profile.)

Certification Renewal

Your CNA certification is valid for a five-year term. You can renew your certification credential either by submitting a list of continuous learning activities or by rewriting the certification exam. You must also meet the eligibility requirements and continue to be a practising nurse in good standing.



  • Apply from January 15 – March 31
  • Exam writing window: May 1 – 15
  • Receive your results in June


  • Apply from June 10 – September 30
  • Exam writing window: November 1 – 15
  • Receive your results in December


  • Apply anytime from January 15 – December 15, 2024

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