CSSM Recertification Cycle

Recertification Cycle

Recertification Process

CSSM Recertification Steps


Confirm your recertification eligibility


Review your CSSM exam score report for professional activity points requirement


Complete professional activities during your accrual period and log points earned


Submit recertification application and fee


Schedule and take the CSSM Recertification Self-Assessment


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.


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
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Jan 1 of Year 1
Year 2
Dec 31 of Year 3
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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.

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Recertification Methods

You may recertify your CSSM credential by professional activity points or retaking and passing the exam. To recertify by points, you must complete professional development activities during your three-year accrual period. For more information on your options, attend one of our live recertification webinars.


Professional Activity Points

Engage in eligible professional activities during your accrual period to earn points toward your recertification. The number of points required is dependent upon results from the CSSM Recertification Self-Assessment you completed at the end of your previous recertification cycle. Log in to your CCI account to access your assessment.

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

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Recertification Applications

Application Period January 1 – November 30

Applications for recertification by professional activity points must be submitted between January 1 – November 30 of the year you are due to recertify. Once your application is approved, you will receive an email with instructions on scheduling the CSSM Recertification Self-Assessment, which must be taken before you can complete the recertification process.

CSSM Recertification Self-Assessment

Assessment Deadline December 31

The CSSM Recertification Self-Assessment is used to determine the subject areas and points needed for your next recertification cycle. The assessment guides your professional development needs and is not a certification exam. Certificants must take the assessment to complete the recertification process no later than December 31 of their recertification year to prevent the credential from lapsing.


Pass the CSSM Exam

You may recertify by passing the CSSM exam by December 31 of your recertification year. CCI recommends you familiarize yourself with CSSM exam subject areas, prepare a study plan, meet recertification 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. Candidates are required to pass the exam by December 31 to prevent the credential from lapsing. Apply for recertification by exam by logging into your CCI account and completing the online application.

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

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


Recertification Fees

Professional Activity Points
Recertification by Exam
Extension Year
Emeritus Status
CNOR Discount

CSSM certificants who hold the CNOR credential receive a $55 discount on recertification by professional activity points, and a $75 discount on recertification by exam

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Recertification Resources

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

CSSM Handbook

CSSM Handbook

The complete guide on recertifying your CSSM credential.

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Free Educational Activities

Earn points with our complimentary professional activities.

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Recertification Webinars

Learn more about recertification and eligible professional activities.

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CCI Staff Support

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

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Need to recertify?

Due to Recertify your CSSM in 2020? Download the 2020 CSSM Recertification Checklist!