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

2021 Spring
Application Period Now ClosedJanuary 14 to March 8, 2021
Examination DatesMay 1 to May 15, 2021
ResultsJune 2021
Initial Exam FeesEnglish French
2021 Fall
Application Period Now ClosedJune 1 to September 1, 2021
Examination DatesNovember 1 to November 15, 2021
ResultsDecember 2021
Renewal by CL Hours
Application Period
Closing Soon
January 14 to new deadline October 27
2021-09 Deadline date changed by CNA
Renewal FeesEnglish French
Certification Application / Information: CNA Website
Contact:  or  1-800-361-8404 toll free 

Certification Discount: Voucher 2021: Limited vouchers available. Contact

Specialty Association Membership Discount!  Nurses who are members of CACCN – SAVE 20%* on initial or renewal application fees.  CACCN has limited voucher codes available. 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.

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Funding Opportunities

  • CACCN Certification Bursary!  Criteria: must be a CACCN member of more than 1 year and must provide permission on the CNA Certification Application to share your contact information with CACCN. Bursaries will be blind drawn using computer software using the names of CACCN members on the CNA Certification list who meet the bursary criteria.
  • MIP, CNA and CACCN Draw to win your certification fees. To qualify – membership must have been in place since September 30, 2020 and you must be a member when the draw takes place.
  • Draw applications will be accepted until September 30, 2021 – with the draw occurring on or about October 1, 2021.
  • Canadian Nurses Foundation Certification Awards
  • Other Financial Resources
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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