The CNA certification team has made the difficult decision to postpone the May 1-15, 2020, exam-writing window. This was not a decision that we made lightly but, given the current global COVID-19 pandemic, we feel it is the right thing to do. If you were scheduled to write the exam in May, you can expect an email from CNA with instructions on what to do next. Further updates will be shared once available.– See more at:

L’équipe de la certification de l’AIIC a pris la décision difficile de remettre la période d’examen du 1er mai au 15 mai 2020. Nous n’avons pas pris cette décision à la légère; compte tenu de la pandémie de la COVID-19 actuelle, nous estimons que cela est approprié. Si vous devez vous soumettre à l’examen en mai, vous recevrez un courriel de l’AIIC contenant des directives sur les prochaines étapes. Nous vous communiquerons d’autres renseignements à jour lorsqu’ils seront disponibles.- See more at:

Did you know?  Over 1,300 critical care nurses across Canada have their national CNCC(C) certification designation!  Care to Be the Best! 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. 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. 

CACCN Certification Resources – Members Only

Important Dates and Information

Application PeriodJanuary 20 to March 2, 2020
Examination DatesPostponed: May 1 to May 15, 2020
ResultsJune 2020
Initial Exam FeesEnglish French
Application PeriodJune 1 to September 10, 2020
Examination DatesOctober 15 to November 15, 2020
ResultsDecember 2020
Renewal by CL Hours
Application PeriodJanuary 9 to November 1, 2020
Renewal FeesEnglish French
Certification Application / Information: CNA Website
Contact:  or  1-800-361-8404 toll free 

Certification Discount: Voucher 2020: Specialty Association Membership Discount!  Nurses who are members of CACCN – SAVE 20%* on initial or renewal application fees.  To obtain a voucher code, you must be a current member or must join CACCN. Voucher should be used at the time of examination registration, however if you have already applied, you may obtain the code and contact CNA via email at with confirmation of CACCN membership in the national association and the voucher along with a request to be refunded the 20% discount. Contact to obtain your Discount Voucher Code.

Funding Opportunities

Earn Continuing Learning Hours (CL) through CACCN
CACCN Membership: 4 CL hours per year
Committee activity related to your certification nursing specialty/area of nursing practice (i.e. includes serving on the planning committee for a specialty conference or on the executive of the association for your area of nursing practice): 25 CL 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 or poster presentation to a provincial or national conference: 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
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