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Inactive Status

If you are a certified nurse who is due to renew, but you are unable to meet the renewal requirements due to personal or professional reasons, you can apply for inactive status. This gives you a three-year window in which to pursue your certification renewal.

The (non-refundable) fee to apply for inactive status is $175 + applicable taxes.

Conditions of inactive status:

  • available for one three-year term only
  • becomes active the day after your certification term ends
  • means relinquishing the use of your credential until your certification is reactivated

To apply for inactive status, log in to your NurseONE.ca account and submit an Inactive Status Application form. (If you need further information on where to find the form or how to register for a NurseONE.ca account, please follow the steps as outlined in the Application Process section.)


Reactivating your credential
You can reinstate your certification status at any time during the three-year term by meeting the renewal eligibility requirements in effect. (You must meet any requirements that change during your inactive period.)*

To reactivate, submit an online certification renewal application along with the required fees.

Note: When you apply for reinstatement, the renewal eligibility requirements in your application must be from the five-year period before your reactivation date.

*To prevent the lapse of your certification credential, be sure to reactivate before the end of the three-year inactive term. If extenuating circumstances are affecting your reactivation, please contact the CNA certification team at certification@cna-aiic.ca or 1-800-361-8404 before your inactive period ends. Should your credential lapse, you’ll have to rewrite the exam and meet all the eligibility criteria in effect at that time.