The certified status of an individual RNFA is conferred by NASC for a period of five years, at which time a CRNFA may seek recertification. If held, the CNOR credential is merged into the CRNFA credential. Online applications for recertification open on January 1 of the year a certificant is due to recertify. NASC offers a discount if a certificant recertifies on or before July 1. December 31 is the application deadline for recertification. All activities and continuing education must be completed by December 31 of the year prior to the recertification renewal date.
The recertification process will require a CRNFA to complete the method of recertification in effect at the time recertification is due and to meet recertification eligibility requirements.
|Early Recertification Fees
January 1 – July 1
|Standard Recertification Fees
July 2 – December 31
|Emeritus (one-time fee)||$125||$125|
To Recertify by Points:
The number of points you are required to earn is dependent upon the number of clinical hours you have worked in an RNFA capacity over the last five years. You must accumulate all clinical practice hours and points between January 1st of the year you certified or recertified and December 31st of the year before you are due to recertify. Acceptable proof of practice hours is a log of practice hours or a letter from the surgeon(s) on letterhead verifying that the certificant has met the practice hour requirement.
|# of Clinical Practice Hours||Required # of Points|
|1,000 or more||400 Points|
|Between 500 and 999||500 Points|
To Recertify by Contact Hours:
CRNFA recertification by contact hours requires one of the following:
|If you have||You need||The CHs must be|
|1,000 clinical practice hours or more||200 Contact Hours||100 RNFA Related / 50 Periop Related|
|Between 500 and 1,000 clinical practice hours||300 Contact Hours||150 RNFA Related / 75 Periop Related|
Contact hours must be earned through offerings sponsored by acceptable accredited providers. In addition, each certificate you are awarded for your continuing education activities must have an accreditation statement and/or provider number. Acceptable proof of practice hours is a log of practice hours or a letter from the surgeon(s) on letterhead verifying that the certificant has met the practice hour requirement.
The CRNFA credential is conferred for a five-year period. All eligible certificants must recertify by July 1 of the year their credential expires to earn the early discount. Otherwise, the deadline is December 31 to complete the requirements of one of the recertification methods.
If you are due to recertify in 2019, applications will be accepted until December 31, 2019. Applications for 2020 recertification will open on January 1, 2020.
Certificants may choose to retake the CRNFA exam to recertify their credentials. CRNFAs who are recertifying by exam are required to have 1,000 clinical practice hours with at least 500 hours related to care given during the intraoperative period. Acceptable proof of practice hours is a log of practice hours or a letter from the surgeon(s) on letterhead verifying that the certificant has met the practice hour requirement.
If you are recertifying by Exam, you must successfully pass the CRNFA exam by December 31 of the year you are due to recertify. Thus, you must apply to take the CRNFA exam no later than September 30 of the year you are due to recertify. Download the application.
NASC has contracted with Prometric, a professional testing agency, to administer the CRNFA examination at over 300 Prometric test centers worldwide. Candidates may take the examination Monday through Saturday, except holidays, year round.
The computerized format of the examination requires no previous computer experience. An optional pre-examination tutorial will provide instructions on how to take the examination on the computer. It will also provide examples on how to select answers and how to mark any questions you may want to return to and review before finishing the exam.
To Recertify by Exam:
Your CRNFA status will lapse on December 31 of the year you are due to recertify if you do not provide the following based on the selected recertification method.
A percentage of recertification applications will be randomly selected for audit. However, if there is reason to believe there has been a breach in the integrity of the process by an individual seeking recertification through the continuing education or points method, staff will also select those individuals for audit.
Those applicants chosen for the audit process will be required to submit copies of the certificates of attendance listed on the contact hour record form sent with their application by the deadline date specified on the audit form. Those selected for audit will also need to send proof of their practice hours in accordance with the policy in effect at the time of recertification.