Certification

Certification and Career Progression

Perioperative nurses pursue certification for a variety of reasons, including professional validation, personal accomplishment, and career advancement. Learn more about the benefits of certification.

Demonstrate your dedication to patient safety

Validate your knowledge and skills

Gain the recognition you deserve

Realize your career potential

CCI offers the following perioperative specialty certifications: Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR), Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM), and Certified Perioperative CNS (CNS-CP). The CNOR is held by over 40,000 nurses internationally and assesses the knowledge and skills of a perioperative nurse with a minimum of two years of clinical practice. Working towards CNOR certification is a goal that can begin even in the early phases of an OR nursing career.

CNOR certification assesses the knowledge and skills of a perioperative nurse with a minimum of two years of clinical practice. More than 40,000 nurses internationally hold the CNOR credential and consider the designation a personal and professional accomplishment.

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Before You Apply

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Are you eligible to take the exam? Use our interactive tool to see if you meet the eligibility requirements.

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Learn about the CNOR exam including subject areas and testing details.

3

Determine a plan to prepare for the exam.

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Get Prepared

CNOR Exam Resources

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CNOR Handbook

The complete guide on the CNOR credential.

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CNOR Certification Webinars

Learn more about exam subject areas and test-taking strategies.

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CNOR Exam Study Outline

Develop a personalized study plan with CCI's free preparation tool.

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CNOR Practice Questions

Explore the format and structure of CNOR exam questions

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CNOR Exam Preparation

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CNOR Online Practice Exam

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CNOR On-Demand Prep Course

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CNOR Flashcards

About CNOR Certification

The CNOR assesses the knowledge and skills of a perioperative nurse with a minimum of two years of clinical practice. Working towards CNOR certification is a goal that can begin even in the early phases of an OR nursing career.