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Creating Cultures of Safety – Join the CRNFA Movement

The CRNFA certification program is for registered nurse working in an expanded role as a first assistants who are interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills and providing the highest quality care to patients. 

For those nurses who already hold the CNOR credential, when you earn your CRNFA credential, your CNOR credential is merged with your CRNFA credential. To maintain the two credentials, you must meet the recertification requirements only for the CRNFA credential. Your recertification period for both credentials is determined by your CRNFA credential.

Candidates use the CRNFA credential to gain credibility and recognition from colleagues and patients, achieve their personal and professional goals, and enhance their career development. 

Hospitals and institutions around the world support the CRNFA program because certified healthcare providers are confident in their skill and knowledgeable of the latest standards of practice and care. CRNFA-certified nurses are leaders in the operating room community. 

Get Certified

More than 1,500 nurses have earned the CRNFA credential. Begin your CRNFA journey today.

Myth: I don’t have the time to prepare for the exam.
The average nurse spends approximately three months preparing for the exam. Credibility, professional and personal achievement, validation of knowledge, and career enhancement are worthwhile results of a three month commitment over the course of your entire career. 

Myth: I don’t know how to prepare.
CCI offers a variety of preparation materials, test-taking tips, and a dedicated staff to guide you through the process. You don’t have to do this alone. With the right tools and guidance, you will be poised to pass the exam. 

Myth: My employer won’t cover the cost of certification.
The long-term benefits of certification outweigh the costs to take the exam for most candidates. For example, over the five-year certification cycle, the application fee costs you less than a quarter a day.


The CRNFA credential is currently accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).  As an accredited program, CCI has demonstrated compliance with the highest standards of practice in the professional certification and nursing communities. Learn more about accreditation.