CNOR Exam Overview

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Application Process

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. Your exam may be taken at an in-person testing center or via remote proctor from the location of your choice.


You may submit your application online at any time by creating a CCI account or logging into your existing account.


Schedule your exam 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 CNOR Handbook.

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Certification Fee

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.

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CNOR Exam Resources

Additional information and resources about preparing for the CNOR exam can be found in the Learn section.

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CNOR Handbook

The complete guide on the CNOR credential.

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CNOR Certification webinars

Learn more about exam subject areas and test-taking strategies.

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CNOR Exam study outline

Develop a personalized study plan with CCI’s free preparation tool.

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CNOR Practice Questions

Explore the form and structure of CNOR exam questions.

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Get Prepared

CNOR Exam Preparation

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