The Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) has been the leader in perioperative certification for more than 40 years, certifying over 40,000 nurses internationally. An industry leader in nursing competency assessment, CCI is the credentialing body for the Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR), Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM), and Certified Perioperative CNS (CNS-CP) credentials.
A Non-Profit Organization
As a non-profit organization, our mission is to promote continuous professional development which drives safe, quality patient care. Our vision is to grow a community of certificants and lifelong learners for whom CCI is a catalyst and integral partner.
As an extension of our sustained commitment to the perioperative community, the CCI Research Foundation was founded in 2018 to fund research that contributes to the advancement of perioperative nursing science and the enhancement of patient care. CCI also pioneered the Perceived Value of Certification Tool (PVCT), a survey instrument that measures the perceived value of nursing certifications. Additional information about the PVCT can be accessed on the CCI Research Foundation website.
CCI credentials are the gold standard in perioperative certification. The CNOR and CSSM credentials are accredited by the American Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC). CNOR is also accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
CCI publishes certification statistics in accordance with accreditation standards. Information is published per credential including number of testing candidates, pass/fail statistics, number of certificants, and data on recertifications. To view the statistics, click here.
Board of Directors
CCI's Board of Directors governs the strategic direction and financial oversight of the nonprofit’s mission, vision, and values. The Board consists of eight directors who hold at least one of CCI’s certifications, as well as two public members.
Tabitha S. Kinlaw, MBA, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CNOR, ONC, President
Elaine D. Geroski, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, Vice President
Josh Wymer, MSN, MSPM, MA, RN, CSSM, CNOR, Secretary/Treasurer
Simone Auger, LC
Heather Burrell, DNP, RN, CNOR
Sally A. Irvin, JD, MEd, MA
Marian Kleinman, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM
Jennifer L. Misajet, MHA, RN, CNOR, CSSM
Leigh Anne Piper, MSN, RN, CSSM, CNOR
Sharon Van Wicklin, PhD, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(E), CPSN-R, PLNC, FAAN, ISPAN-F
The Certification Council oversees the development and maintenance of CCI’s certifications and learning opportunities. The Council consists of six councilors who hold at least one CCI credential, as well as two public members.
Joseph Mollohan, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, Chair
Cambria Nwosu, DNP, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, Co-Chair
Joanna Barnes, M.Ed, BA, NBCT
Steven Davidson, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM
Eric Davis, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR
Joy Redmon, JD, BA
Mary Jo Steiert, BSN
Programs and Awards
Research shows nurses who earn the CNOR credential have greater confidence in their clinical practice. Teams of CNOR-certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice have been correlated to improved outcomes in surgical patients. We call that CNOR Strong. Facilities that promote certification excellence may apply for the annual designation.
Criteria for Facility CNOR Strong Designation
• At least 50% of eligible perioperative nursing staff is CNOR-certified
• Facility consistently recognizes and rewards nurses who are CNOR-certified
Applications open November 1st - December 1st
The TrueNorth Award
The TrueNorth Award was developed to recognize facilities that use certification as a “true north,” guiding their perioperative nursing staff to be lifelong learners, models of competent practice, and advocates for excellence and patient safety. Facilities who earn the TrueNorth Award exhibit the highest standards in perioperative certification excellence.
Healthcare organizations that employ perioperative certified nurses, or organizations whose members and representatives are certified, may apply. Examples include hospitals, health systems, surgical services departments, ambulatory surgery centers, and units or divisions of a larger organization.
Applications open October 1st - December 1st