Certification by Professional Portfolio

The CNS-CP Professional Portfolio is a mechanism for demonstrating advanced levels of knowledge and skills in perioperative practice. The hallmark of a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in the perioperative setting is to assist in managing the care of complex surgical patients. The portfolio is therefore based on a project whose purpose is to promote quality patient outcomes.

Professional Portfolio
Project Subject Areas

Project Subject Areas

Application Process

CNS-CP Portfolio Application Process


Meet the certification eligibility requirements.


Complete the CNS-CP Pre-Approval Form.


Upon approval, you will be assigned an electronic storage account with instructions and the documents needed to complete your portfolio.


Once your portfolio is completed submit the CNS-CP Portfolio Review application. Your certification fee will be collected during this step.


The CNS-CP certification is awarded for a period of five years.

Application Process

Submitting Your Professional Portfolio

  1. Submission of the CNS-CP Pre-Approval Form:

    The following documents must be submitted with the pre-approval form and approved before an applicant may begin the portfolio process:

    1. Photocopies of RN and/or APRN license(s) or a photocopy of the online verification of current licensure from the state board(s) of nursing.
    2. An original transcript showing degree conferred and all graduate-level coursework. No faxed, scanned, e-mailed, or photocopied transcripts will be accepted.
    3. Verification of CNS primary certification, if held. A physical or electronic copy is acceptable.


  2. Once approved, the applicant will be given access to an electronic storage file and instructions on how to complete and submit the professional portfolio.

To prevent your credential from lapsing, a professional portfolio must be submitted for peer review no later than November 1st of the year the credential is due to expire.

If you have questions about applying for CNS-CP certification or would like more information, please contact us.

CNS-CP Certification Fee

The total CNS-CP certification by portfolio fee is $375. Active CNORs receive a $40 discount which will be deducted from the fee.

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CNS-CP Resources

CNS CP Handbook

CNS-CP Handbook

The complete guide on the CNS-CP credential including eligibility requirements.

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CCI Staff Support

CCI's nursing staff is available to answer questions about eligibility or the portfolio process.

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