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 2020, you may not take the examination in 2021, even if you submit your application before your certification expires). Review the CNRN Recertification Handbook for the exam matrix and more information about recertifying.
March 1-31, 2021
Register by February 4, 2021.
July 1-31, 2021
Register by June 3, 2021.
October 1-31, 2021
Register by September 2, 2021.
For Exam Recertification
Applications open June 1, 2020. Must register by September 3, 2020, for the October exam dates.
For CE Recertification
Applications open June 1, 2020.
The early-bird application deadline for recertification by CE is October 1, 2020. Recertification applications can still be submitted by January 31, 2021, but will receive the standard recertification fee. All CE must be earned by December 31, 2020.
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 2020 is September 3, 2020. If you missed the deadline for recertifying by exam, you may recertify by continuing education (CE).
Timeline for 2020
If you initially earned certification in 2015 or if you recertified effective January 1, 2016, please use the following dates as a guideline for your recertification process.
|June 1, 2020||The 2020 application to recertify by exam becomes available. CNRNs due to renew in 2019 may submit payment online during application or by check via mail to ABNN.|
|September 3, 2020||The 2020 applications for recertifying by exam (October window 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, 2020||Certification expires for those due to renew in 2020.|
|June 2021||The 2021 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.