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NOTICE: As of January 1, 2021, the certification method for CRNFA will be changing. The CRNFA exam will be replaced by the Professional Portfolio.

The last day to submit your application for CRNFA certification by exam is October 31, 2020. The last day to sit for the exam is December 31, 2020.

For more information, see the FAQ page under the Resources menu.

About the CRNFA Exam


The CRNFA exam consists of 180 multiple choice questions. Of the 180 questions, 150 questions are used to calculate your test score. The remaining 30 items serve as pretest questions, and do not affect your score. Pretest questions are dispersed throughout the exam and cannot be identified.

The exam must be completed in 3 hours and 45 minutes.

The CRNFA credential is accredited by NCAA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies).


CRNFA Exam Subject Areas

Knowledge/Skill Subject Area Number of Questions
Basic Sciences 20
Assessment Techniques 25
Intraoperative Techniques 75
General Knowledge/Skills 15
Professional Practice 15
Total 150


CRNFA Exam Development

The CRNFA exam was developed by the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) using a scientifically rigorous process based on industry standards. The exam questions were developed by item writers and reviewed and validated by an Item Review Committee. 


CRNFA Exam Details

  • 180 multiple choice questions
  • 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete the exam
  • A knowledge-based exam which assesses the knowledge (what a nurse should know) and tasks (what a nurse should know how to do) of a RNFA with 2,000 hours of clinical practice in the OR
  • Computer-based test
  • Each question has four answer options
  • Only one answer is correct
  • No multiple answers (i.e., “A and C”; “A, C, and D”, “All of the Above”)
  • Can “mark” and “review” questions to return to later
  • Allow one minute per question
  • Answer all questions
  • Complete the entire exam. The CRNFA exam will continue even if you have reached a passing score
  • Current passing score is 620


CRNFA Study Plan

Click here to download the CRNFA Exam Study Plan.


CRNFA Testing Procedures

The CRNFA exam is administered in Prometric testing centers as part of the partnership between NASC and CCI to ensure continuity and security in the testing process.  

The CRNFA exam is offered Monday through Saturday except major holidays.

The last day to apply for the exam is October 31, 2020. If we receive your application by October 31, 2020, your exam window will be November 1 to December 31, 2020.


CRNFA Exam Fees

The fee to take the exam for CRNFA certification is $550.


Exam Transfer and Withdrawal Policy

Changing Test Appointment within the Testing Window

A. If the current date is:

  1. 30 days prior to the end of your testing window
    OR
  2. 30 days prior to your scheduled test date, THEN

You may reschedule your test appointment for no fee. To do so, you must complete two steps:

  1. Contact Prometric and cancel your original appointment.
  2. Reschedule your appointment with Prometric to another date with the 90 day testing window.

B. If the current date is between 29 and 5 days prior to the end of the testing window or test date, THEN

You may reschedule your testing appointment for a $50 fee. You must complete two steps:

  1. Contact Prometric and cancel your original appointment.
  2. Reschedule your appointment with Prometric. The $50 fee will be charged each time you reschedule your appointment.

C. If the current date is 5 days prior to end of your testing window or test date, THEN

You are unable to reschedule or cancel. You must appear and sit for the exam or all fees will be forfeited.

Exam Retake

There will be no exam retakes. If you fail the exam, you will have the opportunity to certify by professional portfolio.