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Review CRNFA Exam Deadlines and Fees

CRNFA Testing Deadlines

CCI offers monthly testing and application deadlines to meet the needs of busy first assistants.

You select the month in which you want to take the CRNFA exam. Once your application has been approved, you will be able to schedule a date, time, and location that are convenient for you. The CRNFA exam is offered Monday through Saturday except major holidays. You may schedule your testing date any time during the three months after the month of your application. For instance, if you apply in January, then you may test any time during February, March or April.

If you apply in... You can test in...
 January February, March or April
 February March, April or May
 March April, May or June
 April May, June or July
 May June, July or August
 June July, August or September
 July August, September or October
 August September, October or November
 September October, November or December
 October November, December or January
 November December, January or February
 December January, February or March

CRNFA Fees

Fees related to earning the CRNFA credential are below. All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

AORN Member Fee Non-AORN Member Fee
CRNFA Exam Fee $425 $550

Learn more about becoming an AORN member 

Rescheduling or Withdrawing Your Test Appointment

Changing Test Appointment within the Testing Window

A. If the earlier of is either:
  1. 30 days prior to the end of your testing window OR
  2. 30 days prior to your scheduled test date, THEN:
You may reschedule your test appointment for no fee. To do so, you must complete two steps:
  1. Contact Prometric and cancel your original appointment.
  2. Reschedule your appointment with Prometric to another date with the 90 day testing window.
B. If you are between 29 and 5 days prior to the end of the testing window or test date, THEN

You may reschedule your testing appointment for a $50 fee. You must complete two steps:
  1. Contact Prometric and cancel your original appointment.
  2. Reschedule your appointment with Prometric. The $50 fee will be charged each time you reschedule your appointment.
C. If you are 5 days prior to end of your testing window or test date, THEN

You are unable to reschedule or cancel. You must appear and sit for the exam or all fees will be forfeited.

Transfer to Next Testing Window

A. If the earlier of is either:
  1. 30 days prior to the end of your testing window OR
  2. 30 days prior to your scheduled test date, THEN:

You may transfer your test appointment to the next 90 day testing window for a $75 fee.

To do so, you must complete two steps:
  1. Contact Prometric and cancel your original appointment.
  2. Transfer from your testing window to the next testing window by logging into your CCI account and completing the transfer request. A $75 fee will be charged.

B. If you are between 29 and 5 days prior to the end of the testing window or test date, THEN

You may transfer your test appointment to the next 90 day testing window for a $125 fee. You must complete two steps:

  1. Contact Prometric and cancel your original appointment. A fee of $50 will be charged.
  2. Transfer from your testing window to the next testing window by logging into your CCI account and completing the transfer request. A $75 fee will be charged.
C. If you are 5 days prior to end of your testing window or test date, THEN

You are unable to transfer or cancel. You must appear and sit for the exam or all fees will be forfeited.

Withdrawal from Exam

A. If the earlier of is either:
  1. 30 days prior to the end of your testing window OR
  2. 30 days prior to your scheduled test date, THEN:
You may transfer your test appointment to the next 90 day testing window for a $75 fee. To do so, you must complete two steps:
  1. Contact Prometric and cancel your original appointment.
  2. Withdrawal your application by logging into your CCI account and completing the withdrawal request. $75 of your exam fee is non-refundable.
B. If you are between 29 and 5 days prior to the end of the testing window or test date, THEN

You may withdrawal from the exam for a $125 fee. You must complete two steps:
  1. Contact Prometric and cancel your original appointment. A fee of $50 will be charged.
  2. Withdrawal your application by logging into your CCI account and completing the withdrawal request. $75 of your exam fee is non-refundable.
C. If you are 5 days prior to end of your testing window or test date, THEN

You are unable to withdraw. You must appear and sit for the exam or all fees will be forfeited.

Late for Testing Appointment / No Show

If you are late for your test appointment by more than 15 minutes, miss your scheduled appointment date or never make an appointment your entire testing fee is forfeited.

Exam Retake

If you need to retake the CRNFA exam, you may reapply any time after the end of your testing window.  The retake fee is the same as the regular exam.