Applying for the CFPN Certification
The Certified Foundational Perioperative Nurse (CFPN) credential is the first step on the path to certification for early career perioperative nurses. Earning the CFPN provides nurses a firm foundation for career-long professional development success and provides a fast track to CNOR and CNAMB. The CFPN is a two-year credential with no recertification mechanism. Learn about the credential, familiarize yourself with the application process, and formulate an exam preparation plan.
CFPN Exam Overview
CFPN Certification Application Process
Confirm your eligibility.
Determine when you would like to take the knowledge-based test. Your testing window will begin the calendar month after your application is approved. Your exam will be taken via remote proctor from the location of your choice.
Schedule your knowledge-based test by clicking on the "PSI Exam Scheduling" button in your CCI account after your application is submitted. For additional testing center information, please refer to the CFPN Handbook.
CFPN Credential Fee
The CFPN application fee is $195. CFPN certification is a fast track to CNOR and CNAMB with lessened eligibility requirements (earning the CFPN is not a requirement to apply for CNOR or CNAMB certifications). CFPN credential holders will also receive a discount on CNOR and CNAMB exam applications fees.
CCI offers volume discounts for health systems seeking to certify multiple nurses. Download the CFPN Facility Order Forms to enroll.
CFPN Extension Year
Active CFPNs can now apply for an extension year! With this extension, you will have an additional 12 months to remain active as a CFPN® certificant while preparing to earn either the CNOR® or CNAMB® credential. Apply for CFPN Extension Year by logging into your CCI account.
Additional information and resources for the CFPN credential can be found in the Learn section.
CFPN Certification Webinars
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CFPN Knowledge-Based Test Study Outline
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CFPN Exam Preparation
CFPN Pocket Prep App
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