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The Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) is a leader in credentialing, nursing competency assessment and education for the perioperative nursing community and has been since 1979. For more than 35 years, CCI has administered the CNOR credentialing program, and now also administers the CSSM, CRNFA, and CNS-CP credentialing programs. The company currently certifies more than 34,000 nurses.  

CCI supports the credentialing programs with a suite of publications, exam preparation resources, certificate programs and contact hour offerings. CCI is committed to upholding standards of excellence that guarantee extraordinary and safe care for all surgical patients.

Vision Statement

A growing community of lifelong learners for whom CCI is a catalyst and integral partner.

Mission Statement

To lead competency credentialing that promotes safe, quality patient care and professional development through lifelong learning.

What is Specialty Nursing Certification

  • The formal process by which a certifying agency validates a nurse’s knowledge, skills, and abilities in a defined role and clinical area of practice
  • Profession’s recognition of achievement, expertise and clinical judgment
  • Based on predetermined standards
  • Achieved through specialized education, experience in a specialty area and passing a qualifying exam
  • Accredited specialty nursing certification is THE standard by which the public recognizes quality nursing care

Our Credentials are the Gold Standard

CCI’s CNOR, CSSM, CRNFA and CNS-CP credentialing programs are the gold standard in perioperative nursing certification, meeting rigorous accreditation standards of independent accrediting bodies.