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The Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) is a leader in credentialing, nursing competency assessment, and education for the perioperative nursing community since 1979.  CCI has developed and maintained the CNOR and CRNFA credentials for more than 30 years.  We currently certify more than 33,950 nurses.  

CCI supports these credentialing programs with a suite of publications, exam preparation resources, certificate programs and CE 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

CNOR and CRNFA Are the Gold Standard

CCI’s CNOR and CRNFA credentialing programs are the gold standard in perioperative nursing certification.

  • Accredited by two, independent accrediting bodies: the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the American Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC).
  • CNOR® and CRNFA® credentials are a Category “A” ANCC Magnet accepted national certifications
  • Professional certification is an identified element of Magnet Force 14 which is a component of the Empirical Quality Results level
  • Credentials are valid for 5 years, credential must renewed every 5 years