Recertify by Exam
CNRNs who wish to recertify by retaking the CNRN Examination must do so in the year that they are due to recertify (i.e., if you are due to recertify in 2017, you may not take the examination in 2018, even if you submit your application before your certification expires). Review the CNRN Recertification Handbook for the exam matrix and more information about recertifying.
New, Year-Round Testing
Register by the 15th of any month to be eligible to take the exam during the following 2 months.
See the handbook for a listing of all deadlines.
For Exam Recertification
Must register by August 19, 2016, for the October exam window
For CE Recertification
Must complete all CE requirements by October 1, 2016, to avoid fees
CE recertification applications can still be submitted by January 31, 2017, with a $75 late fee. All CE must be earned by December 31, 2016.
All applications must be submitted online by no later than 5 pm CT of the given deadline for each window. Those paid with check must be received (not postmarked) at the ABNN office by the deadline date.
The last day to apply to recertify by exam in 2017 is October 15, 2017. If you missed the deadline for recertifying by exam, you may recertify by continuing education (CE).
Timeline for 2017
If you initially earned certification in 2012 or if you recertified effective January 1, 2013, please use the following dates as a guideline for your recertification process.
|June 2017||The 2017 application to recertify by exam becomes available. CNRNs due to renew in 2017 may submit payment online during application or by check via mail to ABNN.|
|October 15, 2017||The 2017 applications for recertifying by exam (November-December administration) are due. No late applications will be accepted. If you missed the exam application deadline, you may still recertify by CE. If you fail the examination, you may not recertify by CE.|
|December 31, 2017||Certification expires for those due to renew in 2017.|
|June 2018||The 2018 application to recertify by exam becomes available online.|
|Check (payable to ABNN)||$300||$410|
All certification exam applications must be completed online.
If you are paying by check or money order (U.S. dollars only), please enter your information online. Then save, print, and mail your completed application with a check for the appropriate amount. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing (ABNN) and sent to PO Box 3781, Oak Brook, IL 60522-3781.
Each year ABNN randomly selects 10% of its recertification applications to be audited. If your CNRN application to recertify by exam is selected for audit, you must submit a copy of your current RN licensure and documentation to substantiate your work in neuroscience nursing during the past 5 years. All documentation must be received within 21 days of the request.