The certified status of an individual RN is conferred by NASC for a period of five years, at which time a CRNFA may seek recertification. The recertification requirements guide professional development activities in providing parameters for acceptable practice and in maintaining a link to the most current body of knowledge.
Certificants who are unable to recertify have the option of applying for a one-year extension or Emeritus Status.
To recertify your credential, you must:
All of the following requirements must be met at the time of application for CRNFA recertification:
In addition to the above eligibility requirements, all applicants must fulfill the requirements of the recertification method they choose.
For those nurses holding both the CRNFA and CNOR credentials, recertification requirements need to be met for the CRNFA credential only. The CNOR credential will be automatically renewed when you recertify your CRNFA.
The accrual period is the time period in which the certificant must complete continuing education or professional development activities and practice hour requirements. You may submit your recertification application any time during your recertification year.
|If Your Certification Expires||Period To Accrue Your Practice Hours and Contact Hours/Points|
|Period To Submit Your Recertification Application|
|December 31, 2021||Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2020||Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2021|
|December 31, 2022||Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2021||Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2022|
|December 31, 2023||Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2022||Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2023|
|December 31, 2024||Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2023||Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2024|
|December 31, 2025||Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2024||Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2025|
|December 31, 2026||Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2025||Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2026|
Certificants can choose to recertify by contact hours or points.
Recertification by Contact Hours
The contact hour requirement is based on the number of CRNFA practice hours. Recertification by continuing education contact hours requires the accumulated hours be awarded within the five-year accrual period.
|If you have||You need||The CHs must be|
|1,000 clinical practice hours or more||200 Contact Hours||150 RNFA/Periop Related|
|Between 500 and 1,000 clinical practice hours||300 Contact Hours||225 RNFA/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.
Recertification by Points
Recertification by points recognizes that professional development and competency maintenance may be accomplished in a variety of ways, including successful participation in various professional activities. The number of points a certificant must submit for recertification depends on the number of clinical practice hours the certificant has worked. Recertification by the points method requires the activities to be completed within the five-year accrual period.
|If You Have||You Need|
|1,000 clinical practice hours or more||400 points|
|Between 500 and 1,000 clinical practice hours||500 points|
|Early Recertification Fees|
January 1 – July 1
|Standard Recertification Fees|
July 2 – December 31
|Emeritus (one-time fee)||$125||$125|
You may submit your application using one of the following methods:
A complete application includes:
10% of recertification applications are randomly selected by NASC for audit. Additionally, if there is reason to believe there has been a breach in the integrity of the process by an individual seeking recertification, NASC may also select those individuals for audit.
Applicants selected for audit will be required to submit additional documentation. An email will be sent to the applicant detailing the results of the audit after the documents have been reviewed.
If you are unable to fulfill eligibility requirements for certification, you have the option to apply for a one-year extension of your certification or for Emeritus Status.
An extension year allows an additional year to accrue the necessary points activities or contact hours for recertification. Your CRNFA credential will remain active during this time. Below are some key points regarding the extension year process:
To submit your application for a one-year extension:
NASC offers CRNFAs who are no longer working in the RNFA role the option to maintain their credential in an emeritus capacity with the CRNFA Emeritus Status or CRNFA (E). The Emeritus Status was established for CRNFAs who wish to retain a professional title without the need to meet future recertification requirements, and to recognize retired CRNFAs’ service and commitment to the perioperative profession along with their achievement and maintenance of the CRNFA credential.
To apply for Emeritus Status, you must currently hold the CRNFA credential in good standing. The one-time fee for Emeritus Status is $125. Once your application and fee have been received, your Emeritus Status certificate will be mailed to you within four to six weeks.
Please note that once you retire your CRNFA credential, it cannot be reactivated. You would need to meet eligibility requirements and take the CRNFA exam to again become certified.
If you are CNOR/CRNFA dual -credentialed, the emeritus status application applies only to your CRNFA credential. You will need to contact the Competency & Credentialing Institute (cc-institute.org) to apply for Emeritus Status of your CNOR credential.
To submit your application: