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CNA Certification Program

“Certification really gives that extra knowledge that makes a difference in your nursing care.” Read what certified nurses say about the value of their credential.

Apply for or renew your certification now! If you’re ready to apply for or renew your certification, log in to MyCNA (formerly NurseONE). Before doing so, you may want to learn more about the application process or renewal requirements.

What is certification?

CNA certification is a nationally recognized nursing specialty credential for nurses. We offer 22 nursing practice specialties for registered nurses and, in 2019, we’re pleased to introduce our first certification for licensed/registered practical nurses.

To become certified, you must pass a rigorous computer-based exam. There are two exam windows annually (see important dates). Your exam preparation will be unique, depending on what you already know in your specialty. We offer many exam preparation, as do many nursing specialty associations.

If you become certified, your credential will be valid for a five-year term. At the end of five years, you can renew by submitting a record of continuous learning hours or rewriting the exam.

New exams in 2019

In November, we will offer an exam in gerontological nursing to licensed/registered practical nurses and an exam in pediatric nursing to registered nurses. Apply between June 3-September 12 to write an exam in the November 1-15 exam window.

Care to Be the Best

The first certification exam, offered in 1991, was in neuroscience nursing. Today, more than 16,000 RNs are CNA certified (see breakdown by specialty and province/territory).

Certified nurses 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

Important dates


2019 Poster [PDF, 1.9 MB]

Initial or renewal by exam

Application window Exam window Results
Spring Jan. 10 – March 1 May 1 – 15 June
New exams available!
  • Gerontological nursing (for licensed/registered practical nurses)
  • Pediatric nursing (for RNs and NPs)
June 3 – Sept. 12  Nov. 1 – 15 Dec.

Renewal by continuous learning (CL)

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

Please note: All certifications set to expire in 2019 are valid until December 31, 2019.