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Renewal by Exam

If you hold a current RN registration or licence in Canada and have completed 2,925 hours of experience in your nursing practice specialty over your past five-year certification term, you are eligible to renew your credential by rewriting the certification exam. However, most candidates renew through continuous learning.

There are two online application periods available:


  • January 10 – March 1 › Application window to write exam
  • May 1 – 15 › Certification exam window

FALL 2019

Fall application window – opening delayed until June 27

This is an important notice for those planning to apply to write an exam for initial certification or renewal: the application window will not open on June 3, 2019, as previously advertised. The application window will be June 27-September 30. Exams will still take place November 1-15.

Why is the application window delayed? CNA is making several improvements and updates to the online system that we use for membership registration and certification applications. We require additional time to ensure the system is running smoothly for members and certification applicants. CNA thanks you for your understanding.

  • June 27 – September 30 › Application window to write exam
  • November 1 – 15 › Certification exam window


If you renew by exam, you will have to pay the exam fees at application time. Note: a Pearson VUE test centre fee will be additional. Pearson VUE will e-mail you to set up your exam date and location at one of their many writing centres across Canada. This fee is paid directly to Pearson VUE.