CSSM Recertification

The rapid rate of change in the modern perioperative setting requires a conscious effort to maintain competency. When you recertify your CSSM credential, you demonstrate a continued dedication to perioperative excellence, an ongoing commitment to specialized knowledge, and a personal commitment to patient safety.

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IS YOUR RECERT YEAR 2024?

Due to recertify your CSSM in 2024? Download the 2024 CSSM Recertification Checklist to get started!

RECERTIFICATION PROCESS

CSSM Recertification Steps

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Confirm your recertification eligibility.

Meet the professional activities requirement during your accrual period, and log points earned.

Confirm that all points activities are completed and logged in your CCI account, and pay the recertification fee.

Begin next 3-year certification cycle.

ELIGIBILITY

Recertification Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Hold an active CSSM credential, and current, unrestricted RN license.
  • Be currently employed in perioperative nursing surgical services management. The management role may be overseeing personnel, a budget or a program; interim employment as a consultant; and work experience in a non-paid, volunteer capacity.
  • Have worked a minimum of 1500 hours in surgical services management during the three-year accrual period.

*Self-reflection forms are voluntary and will be made available to those who would like to complete them to assist with their personal goals during the recertification period.

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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 third 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 Dec 31 Of Year 3 Recertify Jan 1 - Dec 31

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

You may recertify your CSSM credential by professional activity points completed during your three-year accrual period. For more information on the recertification process and your options, attend one of our live recertification webinarsPlease note: effective January 1, 2021, recertification by exam is no longer an option to validate continued competency.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY POINTS

Requirement: 200 points

Engage in eligible professional activities during your accrual period to earn points toward your recertification. The requirement is met by earning 200 points. Below are the categories that your points can be earned in.

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Academic
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Academic
Teaching

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Board or
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Case
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Clinical
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Continuing
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Precepting
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Presentations

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Publishing

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Training
Certificates

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Volunteer,
CCI Committees

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Volunteer,
Perioperative
Service

For complete details on professional activities and points, view the CSSM 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 Alternatives

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

CSSM Extension Year

Active CSSMs unable to complete professional activities during the accrual period may apply for a one-year extension. Apply for CSSM Extension Year by logging into your CCI account and completing the online application.

CSSM Emeritus Status

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

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Recertification Fees

$300

Professional Activity Points

$260

Early Bird Recertification Discount (Jan 1 - June 30)

$245

Extension Year

$175

Emeritus Status

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Recertification Resources

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

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CSSM HANDBOOK

The complete guide on
recertifying your CSSM
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.