Canadian Nurses Association Certification is a nationally recognized credential for registered nurses. Becoming certified in your specialty demonstrates your commitment to nursing excellence and continuing competence. It shows that you Care to Be the Best!
The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is responsible for the adminstration of the nursing specialty examinations. The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) developed and administered the first critical care nursing certification examination in 1995, in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses (CACCN). Successful completion of the examination enables critical care nurses to hold the credential of Certified Nurse in Critical Care - Canada (CNCC-C) or Certified Nurse in Critical Care - Pediatrics (CNCCP-C) for a period of 5 years.
Did you know? Over 1,300 critical care nurses across Canada have their national CNCC(C) certification designation! Care to Be the Best!
|Important 2017 Dates|
|1st Application Period||January 3 to March 1|
|Examination Dates||May 1 to May 15|
|2nd Application Period||June 1 to September 1|
|Examination Dates||November 1 to November 15|
- Certification Application / Information: CNA Website
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-361-8404 toll free or 613-237-3520 facsimile
- Certification Information
- Certification Study Guide - The guide is prepared using case study style questions. The guide questions and answers to enhance your studies for the examination.
- Webinars: Becoming Certified: CNA Specialty Examination - CACCN Tips for Writing Success
- Webinars: Paediatric Certification Webinars - 4 sessions
- Canadian Nurses Foundation Certification Awards
- Other Financial Resources
- Certification Study Resources
- Continuing Learning Hours
Did you know we can assist with renewing your credential using Continuing Learning Hours?
CACCN Activities to Accumulate CL Hours
|Learning Hours Earned **|
|CACCN Membership||4 CL Hours per year|
|Committee activity related to your certification nursing specialty/area of nursing practice (i.e. include serving on the planning committee for a specialty conference or on the executive of the association for your area of nursing practice)||25 hours maximum|
Presentations, lectures and posters - credits for presentations you make to other health professionals on topics related to your area of certification. Prep time is included!
|Calculate preparation time by doubling the presentation time
(e.g., 1 hour presentation plus
2 hours preparation = 3 CL hours)
|Oral presentation to a provincial or national conference||10 CL hours maximum
for presentation and preparation
|Poster presentation to a provincial or national conference, you may claim a maximum of 10 CL hours for your preparation and presentation.||10 CL hours maximum
for presentation and preparation
|Volunteering related to your nursing specialty (e.g., with a not-for-profit organization or charity, serving as a board member or delivering presentations to clients and/or consumers.)||15 CL hours maximum|
|Over the five-year certification term for completing learning activities related to meeting your jurisdictional regulatory standards.† (see more at specialty certification CNA)||15 CL hours maximum|