Overview

CNOR Recertification Cycle

Recertification Process

CNOR Recertification Steps

1

Confirm your recertification eligibility

2

Complete professional activities during your accrual period

3

Submit recertification application and fee

4

Begin next 5-year certification cycle

Eligibility

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.

Recertification

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
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

Recertification Methods

Determine which recertification option is right for you, and complete professional development activities during your five-year accrual period. For more information on your available methods and options, attend one of our live recertification webinars.

1

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. Make sure to visit the CCI Store for free educational activities worth points towards your recertification requirements.

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2

Continuing Education Contact Hours

Requirement: 125 contact hours

Earn academic credit, obtain continuing education contact hours, or gain continuing medical education credits during your accrual period to meet recertification eligibility requirements. Earn 125 contact hours to meet the requirement. Applications for recertification by continuing education contact hours must be submitted on or before December 31 of your recertification year to prevent your credential from lapsing.

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Contact Hours

Certificants can meet the recertification requirements by earning continuing education contact hours
from accredited, approved providers during the accrual period. Of the 125 contact hours requirement, 75 contact hours must be related to perioperative nursing. See the CNOR Handbook for a complete list of approved perioperative topics and providers.

Continuing Medical Education

1 AMA PRA Category 1 CME = 1 Contact Hour

Up to 50% of the 125 contact hours requirement may be met by using AMA PRA Category 1 CME
credits. CMEs must be completed during your accrual period.

Academic Credit

1 Semester Hour = 15 Contact Hours | 1 Quarter Hour = 10 Contact Hours

Up to 50% of the 125 contact hours requirement may be met by using academic credits. Academic
credits must be completed during your accrual period, and meet the following criteria.

  • Courses must be required for a baccalaureate or higher degree, and taken for credit. Certificants
    do not need to be enrolled in a formal degree program at the time the course is taken.
  • A grade of C or better must be achieved for each course.
  • Courses must be sponsored by an accredited educational institution.

For complete details on recertification by continuing education contact hours, please see the CNOR Handbook.

3

Exam

Pass the CNOR Exam

CNORs may recertify by passing the CNOR exam by December 31 of their recertification year. CCI recommends you familiarize yourself with CNOR exam subject areas, prepare a study plan, meet eligibility requirements, and understand the policies and procedures related to the exam.

To recertify by exam, you must apply and be approved to take the exam between January 1 and November 30 of your recertification year. CNORs are required pass the exam by December 31 to prevent the credential from lapsing.

For complete details on recertification by exam, please see the CNOR Handbook.

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Free Professional Points Activities

As your partner in recertification, CCI offers resources to simplify the process of completing your professional activities. Make sure to visit the CCI Store for free educational activities worth points towards your recertification requirements.

Recertification

CNOR
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

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. 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 with a one-time application for Emeritus Status. Apply for CNOR Emeritus Status by logging into your CCI account and completing the online application.

Recertification

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.

Professional Activity Points
Early Bird
Jan 1st - July 1st
$325
Standard Pricing
July 2nd - December 31st
$375
Continuing Ed. Contact Hours
Early Bird
Jan 1st - July 1st
$325
Standard Pricing
July 2nd - December 31st
$375
Recertification
by Exam
Early Bird
Jan 1st - July 1st
$395
Standard Pricing
July 2nd - December 31st
$395
Extension
Year
Early Bird
Jan 1st - July 1st
$195
Standard Pricing
July 2nd - December 31st
$195
Emeritus
Status
Early Bird
Jan 1st - July 1st
$125
Standard Pricing
July 2nd - December 31st
$125
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GET PREPARED

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 on 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 and meet recertification eligibility requirements with our complimentary professional activities.

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Need to recertify?

Due to Recertify your CNOR in 2019? Download the 2019 CNOR Recertification Checklist!