CNOR Recertification Cycle

Recertification Process

CNOR Recertification Steps


Confirm your recertification eligibility


Complete professional activities during your accrual period


Submit recertification application and fee


Begin next 5-year certification cycle


Recertification Eligibility Requirements

The following recertification eligibility requirements must be met at the time of application.

  • Hold an active CNOR credential and current, unrestricted RN license.
  • Currently working full- or part-time in perioperative nursing clinical practice, nursing education, administration, or research.
  • Have worked a minimum of 500 hours in perioperative nursing within the accrual period. Of those 500 hours, 250 hours must be in the area of education, administration, research, or clinical practice that impacts intraoperative patient care.


Accrual 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 fifth calendar year. Enter your initial certification year or last recertification year in the table below to calculate your accrual period.

Calculate Your Accrual Period

My Accrual Period
Recert Year
Jan 1 of Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Dec 31 of Year 5
Recertify Jan 1 - Dec 31
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Dates populated are dependent on the accuracy of the certification or recertification year you entered. Accrual periods will not reflect Extension Year (if applicable). For personalized information, log in to your CCI account.

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Recertification by Professional Activity Points

Complete professional development activities during your five-year accrual period and submit your online application during your recertification year. For more information on the recertification process and your options, attend one of our live recertification webinars. Please note: effective January 1, 2021, recertification by exam is no longer an option to validate continued competency.

Professional Activity Points

Requirement: 300 points

Engage in eligible professional activities during your accrual period to earn points toward your recertification. Earn 300 points in any of these categories to meet the requirement. Applications for recertification by professional activity points must be submitted on or before December 31 of your recertification year to prevent your credential from lapsing.

For complete details on points activities, please review the CNOR Handbook.

Free Professional Points Activities

As your partner in recertification, CCI offers resources to simplify the process of completing your professional activities. The entire 300 points requirement can be met by completing free points activities available in the CCI Store.

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Recertification Guide

The CNOR Recertification Guide is designed to assist you in the recertification process and maintenance of your credential. Download the CNOR Recertification Guide, which includes professional activity logs to track your progress.


Recertification Alternatives

Consider these options if you need more time to complete your professional activities, or
are leaving the OR. Applications must be submitted by December 31st to prevent the credential from lapsing.
For complete details on recertification alternatives, please see the CNOR Handbook.

CNOR Extension Year

Active CNORs unable to complete professional activities during the accrual period may apply for a one-year extension that will allow an additional year to complete activities. Apply for CNOR Extension Year by logging into your CCI account and completing the online application.

CNOR Emeritus Status

Retiring or ineligible perioperative nurses may preserve their CNOR credential by submitting a one-time fee for Emeritus Status. Emeritus Status entitles the nurse to use the designation CNOR(E). Apply for CNOR Emeritus Status by logging into your CCI account and completing the online application.


Recertification Application and Fees

Recertification candidates may submit the online application beginning January 1 of the year they are due to recertify. An important reminder, credential-holders already have a CCI account. If you need assistance accessing your account, please contact us.

A $50 Early Bird Discount is available at checkout for CNOR recertification from January 1 - July 1 of your recert year.

Professional Activity Points
Early Bird Discount
Jan 1st - July 30th
Standard Pricing
July 1st - December 31st
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Recertification Resources

Learn more about recertifying your CNOR and meeting recertification eligibility requirements with our complimentary resources.

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CNOR Handbook

The complete guide to recertifying your CNOR credential, including helpful deadlines.

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CCI Staff Support

CCI's nursing staff is available to answer questions about eligibility or preparation.

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Recertification Webinars

Learn more about recertification and eligible professional activities.

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Free Educational Activities

Earn points with our complimentary professional activities.

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Need to recertify?

Due to Recertify your CNOR in 2023? Download the 2023 CNOR Recertification Checklist!