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

We have launched the certification renewal application by continuous learning and inactive status application.

Certified nurses that didn’t get a chance to renew before we closed the application last October can renew by continuous learning as of February 10th until April 1st, 2022. Between now and February 28th, they will be able to renew without paying the late fee. From March 1st to April 1st, 2022, they will still be able to renew and will be charged the late fee of $99 plus sales tax. They will also be able to use the 2021 discount voucher until April 1st. Once you have given them the voucher code (after confirming they are members), let them know to e-mail with a request to refund the value of the discount from the voucher code.

Nurses due to renew in 2022 can start submitting their certification renewal by continuous learning application as well. They will have until November 1, 2022, to submit their certification renewal applications.

Information on renewing by continuous learning is on our website:

The certified nurses that are CNA members will be charged the member rate of $317 plus sales tax. Certified nurses that are not CNA members will be charged the non-member reate of $420 plus tax. Certified nurses will be able to apply for inactive status and the fee of $175 plus tax. Details on the Inactive status can be found in the Certification Policies section:

Certified nurses that are not CNA members can join CNA and save on their renewal fees!

If the nurse has a problem logging into their online account, they should send an e-mail to

If the nurse has any issues with their certification, they should send an e-mail to

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

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