CPC Program/Recertification

2017 - 2021 Recertification

The 2017-2021 cycle is open as of March 1, 2017 
and applications to recertify are now available. Applications and all required materials must be submitted, reviewed, and approved by the deadline of July 31, 2017

To access your application for the 2017-2021 recertification cycle, log in to the NBCRNA website by clicking on the red "LOGIN" box at the top of this page, and then select "Recertify." 

Recertification Application Instructions
Recertification FAQs​
Instructions - CE Documentation for Recertification
2017_State_Licensure_Requirements_for_Recertification_STRIPPED_DOWN_FOR_WEBSITE.pdf2017 State Licensure Requirements for Recertification

For questions, email us at recertification@nbcrna.com or call (855) 285-4658.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ NOTE: Applications, and all required materials, must be submitted, reviewed, and approved by the deadline of July 31, 2017. To avoid any interruptions, please do not wait until July 31 to submit.

Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program

​​- The CPC Program went info effect on August 1, 2016 - 

​NEW: NBCRNA Evaluating Alternatives to the CPC Exam


February 15, 2017
Steve Wooden, DNP, CRNA, NSPM-C

 Statement: NBCRNA Reviewing Future
Alternatives to CPC Program Exam​​

(A joint AANA/NBCRNA statement on this topic was posted in the February 15, 2017 issue of Anesthesia E-ssential, the e-newsletter of the AANA.)

The Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program is based on 8-year periods comprised of two 4-year cycles and officially began on August 1, 2016. However, when the Program launched, more than 22,000 CRNAs had already recertified and had entered into the CPC Program, getting a head start on accumulating (Class A and Class B) credit​s. CRNAs newly certified in 2016 entered immediately into the CPC Program. CRNAs due to recertify by July 31, 2017 will recertify one last time, then enter into the CPC Program.​

The CPC Program, formerly “recertification,” focuses on lifelong learning and was developed in response to changing accreditation requirements, changing needs within the healthcare environment, the increasing role of CRNAs in the healthcare scene, as well as technology changes.

Watch the new CPC Class B videos!

The Program


The CPC Program consists of 8-year periods, and each period is comprised of two 4-year cycles. In addition to practice and license requirements, the program includes 4 main components:

  1.   Class A
  2.   Class B
  3.   Core Modules (see Providers)
  4.   Examination

These are most similar to the CE credits you've been accumulating in the past. Class A credits are activities that are 1) prior approved (e.g. by the AANA), 2) include an assessment of some type, and 3) are related to nurse anesthesia practice. The CE provider will determine the cost of the courses they produce, but are expected to be similar to current CE credit pricing. CE Vendors will promote the courses as Class A elgible. Note: You can use "extra" Class A credits (anything over the 60 required per 4-year cycle) to meet Class B requirements.

Regarding the assessment component: The CE activity will include an assessment. An assessment can take many forms, such as multiple choice questions, simulation demonstrations, case studies, or self-assessment.

Regarding prior approval: Just like current CE activities, an appropriate approval entity, such as the AANA, evaluates the activity and provides prior approval.

AANA Non-Prior



Regarding the activity being directly related to anesthesia: The CE activity must be directly related to nurse anesthesia practice and the delivery of, or the improvement of, anesthesia care for patients.