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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CSSM Recertification Steps
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.
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.
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
Dates populated are dependent on the accuracy of the certification or recertification year entered. Accrual periods will not reflect Extension Year (if applicable). For personalized information, log in to your CCI account.
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 webinars. Please 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.
Healthcare-related degree-completion course (e.g. BSN, MSN, DNP, MBA)
Teaching a perioperative-related course for college credit
Visit CCI’s Store to complete professional activity assignments worth Points
Service as a board or committee member
Visit CCI’s Store to gain access to free case studies and best practice exercises worth Points
Develop, implement, and/or evaluate QI, QA, EPB or research projects
Continuing Education Contact Hours and Continuing Medical Education (CME) - AMA PRA Category 1
Visit CCI’s Store to complete free perioperative games worth Points
Attain or maintain accredited perioperative certification
Precepting or mentoring, including new employee orientation
Healthcare-related professional presentations
Visit CCI’s Store to gain access to our collaborative partners’ library of topics worth Points
Authoring and contributing to published articles, poster presentations, and dissertations
Visit CCI’s Store to complete free perioperative reflection exercises worth Points
Non-CE, in-person BLS, ACLS, PALS, and NRP training by the American Heart Association, Red Cross, or Military Training Network
Volunteer service at medically-related, under-served clinics or mission trips
Service on CCI’s test development committees, service on the CCI Recertification Committee, and service as a CCI educational product volunteer
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 recertification requirements. Make sure to visit the CCI Store for free educational activities worth points towards your recertification requirements.
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 with a one-time application for Emeritus Status. Apply for CSSM Emeritus Status by logging into your CCI account and completing the online application.
CSSM certificants who hold the CNOR credential receive a $55 discount on recertification by professional activity points.
Learn more about recertifying your CSSM and meeting recertification eligibility requirements with our complimentary resources.