Certification with the CNA

Offered by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the CNA Certification Program is part of a respected national certification program - a program developed by Canadian Nurses for Canadian Nurses. This program reflects the unique elements and challenges required to reward excellence in nursing.  Taking a moment to read about the CNA Certification Program may be one of the best career moves you can make. By achieving certification, you’ll commit to a national standard of professional competence that demonstrates your broad understanding of your nursing specialty. ORNAC supports CNA certification, and encourages you to achieve your CPN(C) today!

Find out more at getcertified.cna-aiic.ca.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to visit the CNA website or contact the CNA Certification Team

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Email: certification@cna-aiic.ca 
Toll-free: 1-800-361-8404
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern


 If you are an ORNAC MEMBER, you will receive a discount on initial certification and renewal costs- check your profile for further instructions!


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CNA Certification Program

Apply for, or renew your CNA specialty certification now!

Care to Be the Best

CNA certification is a nationally recognized nursing specialty credential for registered nurses, and now offers limited specialty certification (Gerontology) for licensed/registered practical nurses . The first certification exam, offered in 1991, was in neuroscience nursing. Today, more than 17,000 RNs are CNA certified in one of 21 specialties . Certification shows committment to providing the very best you can be to your patients, and further enhances your practice by meeting competencies for care that are outlined for your particular specialty. 

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; and
  • Viewed as having enhanced professional credibility.

These links will take you to the CNA website where the information is continuously updated.

Exam Information :

Fees for initial certification are on this webpage:

English: https://cna-aiic.ca/en/certification/get-certified/initial-exam-fees

French: https://www.cna-aiic.ca/fr/certification/obtenez-votre-certification/frais-dexamen-initial

Fees for renewing certification are on this webpage:

English: https://cna-aiic.ca/en/certification/renewing-your-certification/renewal-fees

French: https://www.cna-aiic.ca/fr/certification/renouvellement-de-la-certification/frais-pour-renouvellement-de-la-certification

Exam preparation information:

English: https://www.cna-aiic.ca/en/certification/exam-preparation

Employer information:

English: https://www.cna-aiic.ca/en/certification/employer-zone


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