Did you know?  Over 1,300 critical care nurses across Canada have their national Canadian Nurses Association specialty designation!  Care to Be the Best!

CACCN supports and encourages Canadian Nurses Association Certification – the 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. 

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Canadian Nurses Association – Important Information and Dates

This information is provided from the CNA’s website for information purposes only

Examination or RenewalApplication PeriodExamination Window
2024 Spring
Initial Exam
Eligibility, blueprints and more: CNA Website
January 15 to March 31May 1 to 15
2024 Fall
Initial Exam
Eligibility, blueprints and more: CNA Website
June 10 to September 30November 1 to 15
CL Hours or Exam
Renewing by continuing learnings hours and more:
CNA Website
January 15 to December 15Apply anytime

CACCN Certification Resources – Members Only

Earn Continuing Learning Hours (CL) through CACCN

Maintain your CACCN Membership: 4 CL hours per year
Join a CACCN Committee: 25 CL hours maximum:
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).
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: 15 CL hours maximum – 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.).
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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