Applying for the CNOR Exam
Join the community of more than 40,000 international nurses that hold the CNOR credential. CNOR certification assesses the knowledge and skills of a perioperative nurse with a minimum of two years of clinical practice. Learn about the credential, familiarize yourself with the application process, and formulate an exam preparation plan.
CNOR Exam Overview
CNOR Exam Application Process
Confirm your eligibility.
Determine when you would like to take the exam. Your testing window will begin the calendar month after your application is approved.
CNOR Exam Fee
The long-term benefits of holding a credential often outweigh the cost of initial certification. Over the five-year certification cycle of the CNOR, the exam fee ends up costing less than a quarter per day.
During the online application process, nurses can elect to register for a single exam take or benefit from the CNOR Take 2 program. The CNOR Take 2 program allows a CNOR-eligible nurse to take the exam twice in a 12-month period if the first attempt is unsuccessful. For more information on the Take 2 program, please see the CNOR Handbook.
CCI offers volume discounts for health systems seeking to certify multiple nurses. Download the CNOR Take 2 Facility Enrollment Forms to enroll.
CNOR Exam Resources
Additional information and resources about preparing for the CNOR exam can be found in the Learn section.