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.

Key dates to keep in mind if you plan to apply for initial certification or need to renew in 2017:

January 3 – March 31 > Application window to write or renew by exam
May 1 – 15 > Certification exam window

June 1 – September 1 > Application window to write or renew by exam 
Extended to September 15
November 1 – 15 > Certification exam window

January 3 – November 30 > Application window to renew by continuous learning

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

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

Email: certification@cna-aiic.ca 
Toll-free: 1-800-361-8404
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern
Preparing for the CPN(C) Certification Exam (Webinar)

March 19, 2019, will be Certified Nurses Day. CNA has put together a Promotional Toolkit to help promote this important day. Attached is the toolkit that outlines all the tools that can be used to help promote Certified Nurses Day. Please feel free to use any and all of the tools listed.

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CNA News

The articles below have been approved by the executive as being of interest to our members.  To access the articles simply click on the title to expand the content.  For more information, please note that ORNAC will be unable to assist and that you must communicate with the contact person or information listed in each article.  


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CNA Certification Program

Apply for or renew your certification now!

If you’re ready to apply for or renew your certification, log in to NurseONE.ca. Before doing so, you may want to learn more about the application process or renewal requirements.

Care to Be the Best

CNA certification is a nationally recognized nursing specialty credential for registered 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 (see breakdown by specialty and province/territory).

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
  • Viewed as having enhanced professional credibility

CNA has extended the deadline to March 31, 2019, to apply to write the certification from May 1 to 15, 2019.

- See more at: https://www.cna-aiic.ca/en/certification#sthash.jwb5CBxV.dpuf



Network Connect - November 2017
CNA Survey on Primary Health Care (posted November 23, 2015)

CNA is conducting an important survey on primary health care because, despite being a valuable and decades-old approach, we believe it hasn’t been implemented to its fullest potential in Canada. Primary health care focuses on the way services are delivered. The core principles include

(1) active public participation;
(2) accessibility;
(3) health promotion and chronic disease prevention and management;
(4) the use of appropriate technology and innovation; and
(5) intersectoral cooperation and collaboration.

To help us evaluate our plan, we ask that you take the survey, which will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. It will enable us to establish a baseline of how Canadian nurses currently lead or experience primary health care in their professional roles.

Link to survey: http://cna.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/ProfessionalPracticeRegulation/primary-health-care-a-baseline-survey/?l=en-ca
Please respond by January 5, 2016.

Your input is valuable to us. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lisa Ashley at 1-800-361-8404, ext. 313, or at lashley@cna-aiic.ca.


CNA 2016 Exam Updates (Posted November 23, 2015)

CNA Application and Exam Dates 2016

Online application period
April 11 to August 8, 2016

Next CNA Certification exams
September 19 to October 7, 2016

Online application period
April 11 to August 8, 2016

Online application period
April 11 to November 30, 2016


for questions or difficulties with your application, don’t hesitate to contact the CNA certification team.

Email: certification@cna-aiic.ca
Tel: 1-800-361-8404 (Toll-free between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET)

CNA Scholarships - Apply Now! (posted January 18, 2016)

The Canadian Nurses Foundation is proud to offer more than 50 scholarships in support of nursing education. These awards have different values, depending on the level or area of practice.

The ranges are as follows:

Link to online application: http://cnf-fiic.ca/what-we-do/scholarships-and-bursaries/apply-now/
To apply for a scholarship or a certification award, please complete the appropriate online application on the Apply Now page.

Before you begin the online application, please read our Guide to the Online Application Process. This document provides a detailed outline of the process you will need to follow to complete the online application, as well as identifies all of the documentation required and how to complete your reference forms.

If you have questions about the content of the application, please e-mail to info@cnf-fiic.ca.
If you need technical support, please e-mail to support@fluidreview.com.

All scholarship applications require the following documentation:

  • Confirmation of registration in the next semester of your program
  • Recent transcripts or web-based grades
  • Three references (from academic supervisors where possible)
  • Other documentation as specified in the eligibility criteria of a specific award

Online applications must be submitted no later than midnight EST on March 31.
Applicants will be informed of results by the end of June.


Call for CNA Nurses: We Need Your Experience! (posted June 14, 2016)

The CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) has asked CNA to participate in a (pilot) mentorship initiative for IENs who are approved for entry into Canada.

CARE’s PASS (pre-arrival supports and services) program, funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, helps to speed up IENs’ professional registration and employment.

CNA’s role in the PASS project is to find Canadian CNA nurses who’d be willing to act as IEN mentors. To qualify for mentoring, IENs must be nursing school graduates and have federal government confirmation of their immigration status.

If you’d like to become a CNA PASS mentor, your commitment is that you will:

  • Participate in two one-hour webinars and two 30-minute self-learning modules
  • Connect via e-mail or Skype with an IEN:
    • at least three times (for those arriving within six weeks)
    • at least four times (for those arriving within eight weeks)
    • at least five times (for those arriving within ten weeks)
    • at least once for those now in Canada (within four to six weeks of their arrival)
  • Complete an evaluation of the CNA PASS program
  • Commit to a one-year term (with the potential for renewal)

We’re including our Application to Serve form with the hope you will join us as a CNA PASS mentor.
More details on the program are outlined in the Terms and Conditions sheet. 

Please complete and return the application form by Monday, June 27, 2016, in one of three ways:

  1. E-mail a pdf version to Margarita Pardo at mpardo@cna-aiic.ca 
  2. Fax the form to (613) 237-3520
  3. Call Margarita at (613) 237-2159, ext. 363, who will complete the form on your behalf

Thanking you in advance for your willingness to be a mentor!


Anne Sutherland Boal, RN, BA, MHSA
Chief Executive Officer 
Canadian Nurses Association 
Sue VanDeVelde-Coke, RN, MBA, PhD
Executive Director
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses



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