We strive to make the process of renewing your CNA certification as intuitive as possible. This page contains important details about what to expect before, during and after you apply for renewal.
You have two options to renew your certification credential:
All certifications set to expire in 2021 are due to renew.
Before you renew
Please note that you will need the following:
- Your nursing licence/registration number
- A credit card (MasterCard or Visa)
CNA members receive a discount on certification. The member rate is available to nurses who are members of CNA through their provincial/territorial member association or college, or nurses who have purchased a membership directly with CNA. Please visit the membership section of the website for more information. Other discounts and financial supports are also available.
When you are ready to renew
Read our important dates to learn when you can renew your specialty certification. If you’re ready to renew your certification, log in to MyCNA.ca.
How to access and complete your renewal application
- Log in to MyCNA.ca (create an account if you do not have one).
- Click My Certification on the left menu.
- Scroll down to the list of your current certifications and choose the one you want to renew. If you do not see your certification, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Choose the renewal type from the menu option
- Complete the application.
- Check the status of your application and perform other functions on MyCNA.ca by scrolling down to the My Applications section.
Renewal by continuous learning — late applicants
Read how to apply.
What happens after you apply for renewal
- We will contact you after you submit your application
- You will receive emails to confirm your application and payment have been received.
- The review of your application will begin.
- Check the status of your application and perform other functions on MyCNA.ca.
- We will review your application
If you meet the renewal eligibility criteria and your application is complete:
- For candidates renewing by continuous learning: You will receive an email confirming your renewal has been accepted.
- For candidates renewing by exam: You will receive an email from CNA to confirm your eligibility to renew by exam. Within 10 days of receiving your eligibility email, you will receive two emails:
CNA offers exam preparation resources that will guide you on how to prepare for the exam and highlight important documents to use for your preparation.
You will receive your certification renewal package
- One email with instructions to set up your exam-writing appointment date. There are two exam-writing options available: at home with a proctor via ProctorU or at a test centre with PearsonVUE. Consult the email for instructions and next steps.
- One email from Yardstick giving you access to an online practice test for your specialty. The test offers 100 questions related to your specialty and offers the same computer-based testing (CBT) environment used by the Pearson VUE exam centres.
Roughly six weeks after the end of the renewal application period, you will receive new certification pin and sticker for your certificate. Your official renewal confirmation letter will be available in your MyCNA certification portfolio as soon as your renewal is accepted. Your new certification term will be valid for the next five calendar years.