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!


  • 1st Application Period – January 10
  • 1st Examination Dates – May 1 to 15
  • 2nd Application Period – June 1
  • 2nd Examination Dates – November 1 to 15
  • Renewal Period – January 10 to November 1




Certification Application / Information:  CNA Website
Contact:  or  1-800-361-8404 toll free 

Did you know we can assist with renewing your credential using  Continuing Learning Hours?​

CACCN Activities to Accumulate CL HoursLearning Hrs Earned **
CACCN Membership4 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 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 conference10 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
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** CL hours subject to change – confirm allowable hours on the CNA Website