Renewal Process

Renewal Process

We strive to make the process of renewing your CNA certification as intuitive as possible. This page contains important details about what to expect before, during and after you apply for renewal.

You have two options to renew your certification credential:

All certifications set to expire in 2021: if you were unable to renew due to the early closing of our application period, we have extended the late renewal deadline and waived the additional fees. We will contact you via email with updates.

All certifications set to expire in 2022: if you are due to renew in 2022, please note that application dates are changing. We will update this website and contact you via email.

Before you renew

Please note that you will need the following:

  • Your nursing licence/registration number
  • A credit card (MasterCard or Visa)

If you are not a CNA member, join CNA and save on certification renewal! Please note you will need to renew your certification first as a non-member. Once membership registration opens, join CNA and email us. We will refund your member exclusive savings. (CNA will soon launch a new digital experience for our members. Until then, we are unable to accept online transactions for products or services.)

Other discounts and financial supports are also available

When you are ready to renew

If you’re ready to renew your certification, log in to your CNA account.

How to access and complete your renewal application

The application dates for 2022 are changing as we finalize our new application system. We will have an update soon!

If you are not a CNA member, join CNA and save on your renewal fees!

Renewal by continuous learning — late applicants

Read how to apply

What happens after you apply for renewal

  1. We will contact you after you submit your application
    1. You will receive emails to confirm your application and payment have been received.
    2. The review of your application will begin.
    3. Check the status of your application and perform other functions in your CNA account.
  2. We will review your application
    If you meet the renewal eligibility criteria and your application is complete:
    1. One email with instructions to set up your exam-writing appointment date. There are two exam-writing options available: at home with a proctor via ProctorU or at a test centre with PearsonVUE. Consult the email for instructions and next steps.
    2. One email from Yardstick giving you access to an online practice test for your specialty. The test offers 100 questions related to your specialty and offers the same computer-based testing (CBT) environment used by the Pearson VUE exam centres.
    • For candidates renewing by continuous learning: You will receive an email confirming your renewal has been accepted.
    • For candidates renewing by exam: You will receive an email from CNA to confirm your eligibility to renew by exam. Within 10 days of receiving your eligibility email, you will receive two emails:
    • CNA offers exam preparation resources that will guide you on how to prepare for the exam and highlight important documents to use for your preparation.
  3. You will receive your certification renewal package
    Roughly six weeks after the end of the renewal application period, you will receive new certification pin and sticker for your certificate. Your official renewal confirmation letter will be available in your CNA account certification portfolio as soon as your renewal is accepted. Your new certification term will be valid for the next five calendar years.