The rapid rate of change in the modern perioperative setting requires a conscious effort to maintain competency. When you recertify your CNAMB credential, you demonstrate a continued dedication to perioperative excellence, an ongoing commitment to specialized knowledge, and a personal commitment to patient safety.
CNAMB Recertification Steps
Confirm your recertification eligibility.
Meet the professional activities requirement of 200 points during your accrual period and log points earned in your CCI account.
Confirm that all 200 points activities are completed and logged into your CCI account, and pay the recertification fee.
Begin next 3-year certification cycle.
Recertification Eligibility Requirements
The following recertification eligibility requirements must be met at the time of application.
- Current full- or part-time employment in an ambulatory surgery setting with a minimum of 500 hours experience per year in an eligible role in the perioperative setting. This is a total of 1500 hours during your 3-year accrual cycle.
- Once you hold the CNAMB credential there is no requirement for hours worked in intraoperative care.
- Employment setting may be hospital based, free standing, or physician owned.
- Role may be clinical, administrative, educational, or research.
- Experience in a non-paid, volunteer capacity is acceptable.
- Hold an active CNAMB credential.
- Hold a current, unrestricted RN license.
*Self-reflection forms are voluntary and will be made available to those who would like to complete them to assist with their personal goals during the recertification period.
Your accrual period is the time period in which you must complete recertification activities. It begins on January 1 of the year you became certified or recertified, and continues through December 31 of the third calendar year. Enter your initial certification year or last recertification year in the table below to calculate your accrual period.
Calculate Your Accrual Period
Dates populated are dependent on the accuracy of the certification or recertification year entered. Accrual periods will not reflect Extension Year (if applicable). For personalized information, log in to your CCI account.
Recertification by Professional Activity Points
You may recertify your CNAMB credential by professional activity points completed during your three-year accrual period. For more information on the recertification process and your options, attend one of our live recertification webinars.
Professional Activity Points
Requirement: 200 points
Engage in eligible professional activities during your accrual period to earn points toward your recertification. The requirement is met by earning 200 points. Below are the categories that your points can be earned in.
Healthcare-related degree-completion course (e.g. BSN, MSN, DNP, MBA)
Teaching a perioperative-related course for college credit
Visit CCI’s Store to complete professional activity assignments worth Points
Service as a board or committee member
Visit CCI’s Store to gain access to free case studies and best practice exercises worth Points
Develop, implement, and/or evaluate QI, QA, EPB or research projects
Continuing Education Contact Hours and Continuing Medical Education (CME) - AMA PRA Category 1
Visit CCI’s Store to complete free perioperative games worth Points
Attain or maintain accredited perioperative certification
Precepting or mentoring, including new employee orientation
Healthcare-related professional presentations
Visit CCI’s Store to gain access to our collaborative partners’ library of topics worth Points
Authoring and contributing to published articles, poster presentations, and dissertations
Visit CCI’s Store to complete free perioperative reflection exercises worth Points
Non-CE, in-person BLS, ACLS, PALS, and NRP training by the American Heart Association, Red Cross, or Military Training Network
Volunteer service at medically-related, under-served clinics or mission trips
Service on CCI’s test development committees, service on the CCI Recertification Committee, and service as a CCI educational product volunteer
For complete details on points activities, please review the CNAMB Handbook.
Free Professional Points Activities
As your partner in recertification, CCI offers resources to simplify the process of completing your recertification requirements. Make sure to visit the CCI Store for free educational activities worth points.
Consider these options if you need more time to complete your professional activities, or are leaving the OR. Online applications must be submitted by December 31 to prevent the credential from lapsing. For complete details on recertification alternatives, please see the CNAMB Handbook.
CNAMB Extension Year
Active CNAMBs unable to complete professional activities during the accrual period may apply for a one-year extension. Apply for CNAMB Extension Year by logging into your CCI account and completing the online application.
CNAMB Emeritus Status
Retiring or ineligible perioperative nurses may preserve their CNAMB credential with a one-time application for Emeritus Status. Apply for CNAMB Emeritus Status by logging into your CCI account and completing the online application.
Learn more about recertifying your CNAMB and meeting recertification eligibility requirements with our complimentary resources.