Updated October 25, 2023
A survey was sent to active and emeritus CRNFAs on October 2, 2023. The survey results have been aggregated and are presented in a white paper by Dr. Sharon Ann Van Wicklin, President of the NASC Board of Directors.
On September 18, 2023, CCI announced that they will no longer honor the dual CNOR/CRNFA certification. This means that, effective immediately:
As a result of this change, RNFAs who hold both the CNOR and CRNFA credentials must now submit professional development activities that meet the recertification requirements for each credential directly to the certifying organization and pay the current rates for recertification to that organization.
To help navigate the recertification process for your CRNFA credential, please see the following FAQs:
How much will it cost to renew my CRNFA certification?
It will cost $500 to renew your CRNFA certification. The cost of CRNFA recertification with early bird discount (Before July 1 each year) is $450.
What if my CNOR and CRNFA recertification timelines occur during different accrual periods?
If your CNOR and CRNFA credentials occur during different accrual periods, you are responsible for meeting the recertification requirements for each credential within the designated accrual period.
What do I do if I am not prepared to apply and pay for two recertifications in the same year?
To help certificants who are in this position, NASC has reduced the fee to extend your CRNFA credential for one year from $195.00 to $100.00. This will move your CRNFA recertification date forward one year. No contact hours or points are required for the extension, and you can extend your CRNFA once every 10 years.
To submit your application for a one-year extension:
Can I use the same activities to renew both my CNOR and CRNFA credentials?
Many of the recertification activities are the same for both credentials; however, to renew your CRNFA credential, you must meet all eligibility requirements and earn all contact hours or points within the designated accrual period.
Will I have to enter my recertification activities on both the CCI and NASC websites?
To make the recertification process as convenient as possible and eliminate the need to enter the information in both places, NASC will accept a printout of the contact hours you enter on the CCI website.
When submitting my recertification activities for the CRNFA credential, must I designate certain activities as intraoperative and other activities as perioperative nursing?
You are not required to designate contact hours as intraoperative or perioperative.
Can I use contact hours for recertification of my CRNFA credential?
You may complete your recertification activities using either contact hours or points. The number of contact hours or points required for CRNFA recertification is based on the number of RNFA practice hours you have completed.
What is the CRNFA Professional Portfolio?
The CRNFA Professional Portfolio is the new certification method for CRNFA certification. It allows the RNFA to demonstrate their knowledge and skills as an RNFA without sitting for a high-stakes exam.
Is there still a CRNFA exam?
The exam was discontinued at the end of 2020.
I have turned in my completed portfolio. When will I get my results?
Due to the response to the new portfolio, we currently have a large number of portfolios to review. Our goal is to notify you of your results within one month of submittal.
What happens if I don’t pass?
If you don’t pass, you will be given general comments and you will have the opportunity to revise your documents and resubmit. If your second submittal doesn’t pass, you will need to reapply, pay the fees, and start over.
I have been certified for years. Will this affect my recertification?
The vast majority of active CRNFAs recertify by contact hours or points. Those methods have not changed. NASC no longer offers recertification by exam.
How do I log into my NASC account?
Go to our website at www.nascertification.com, click the Login link at the top of the page, then click the “NASC Profile”.
If you are an existing RNAS-C or CRNFA certificant: You already have an account using the email address we have on file for you. Click the orange “Request a Password” button to set your password.
If you are a new RNAS-C or CRNFA applicant: Click the orange “Register as an Applicant” button to create an account.
Can I print my RNAS-C or CRNFA certificate?
Yes. Log into your account and click the “My Account” link at the top of the page. On your account page, click “Download Certificate”
Can I complete my certification or recertification application online?
Yes. When you log into your account, you will have the option to work on your application. Your application will be automatically saved when you log out.
Can I enter my contact hours on the NASC website?
Yes. Go to our website at www.nascertification.com and click the Login link at the top of the page.
Do I need to upload the certificates when I log my CEs?
Not unless your application is randomly selected for audit. However, we recommend uploading your certificates as you go. They will be stored in your Library, and can be accessed any time. If your application is selected for audit, the uploads will already be completed.
Will my AORN contact hours automatically show up on the NASC website?
No, we don’t have that functionality. However, you can log all of your AORN contact hours in one entry by attaching your AORN transcript. You do not need to enter each AORN activity separately.