About the 2-year Check-in
If you recertified or initially certified in 2016, your next step in the CPC Program is the 2-year Check-in. Watch your inbox soon for notices. The window opens April 3, 2018.
What is the 2-year Check-in?
Under the former “recertification” program, CRNAs came back every two years. That check-in and billing timing
The 2-year Check-in will be a simple, online process to:
- validate your state licensure*
- confirm continuing practice**
- pay the $110 CPC fee (the same amount as in the past)
- update your contact information
- review your progress towards CPC Program compliance and make plans for the next two years
When will I check in?
The CPC Program is based on an 8-year period comprised of two 4-year cycles. Every four years, you will demonstrate CPC Compliance (formerly “recertify”). This is when you confirm that you have achieved the CPC Program requirements (60 Class A, 40 Class B; Core Modules are optional in the first 4-year cycle). Don’t worry - you will be reminded to check in at the 2-year mark to provide or confirm the information noted above. The 2-year Check-in window will be open starting in April. So, what does that timeline look like?
If you recertified (or were originally certified) in 2016: You entered the CPC Program at that time and will check back in 2018 through a simple, online process. You will demonstrate CPC compliance (formerly “recertify”) in 2020.
If you recertified (or were originally certified) in 2017: You entered the CPC Program at that time and will check back in 2019 through a simple, online process. You will demonstrate CPC compliance (formerly “recertify”) in 2021.
*Regarding licensure: Note that verification of licensure and practice is a requirement of not only the
**Regarding continuing practice: With the CPC Program, although CRNAs are required to engage in
† The Performance Standard assessment is taken just once (by 2024 or 2025) to determine where you stand in relation to the
CPC Program 2-year Check-in FAQs
Q How does the 2-year Check-in fit into the Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program as compared to the former recertification program?In the past, the recertification program required CRNAs to renew their certification every two years in order to continue practicing for the upcoming two years. Now, with the CPC Program, you will “show CPC compliance” (formerly “recertify”) every four years, but do a mid-point 2-year Check-in—an important part and requirement of the CPC Program to continue your certification for the upcoming two years.
The 2-year Check-in process was designed to be simple, online, and quick. When you go to check in, you will find pre-populated fields for confirmation that are easy to navigate, and the $110 CPC fee for the upcoming two years of certification is the same fee amount as in the past. Additionally, at the check-in, you will:
• confirm current licensure and practice,
• update contact information,
• and check your CPC Program compliance progress (Class A, B, Core Modules). No Class A, B, or Core Modules are required, however, at the 2-year Check-in. You still have another two years to complete this requirement.
Q How do I know when I should check in?If you recertified in 2016, you will need to check in at the mid-point of the 4-year CPC Program cycle—which for you would be in 2018. The window opens in April 2018 and for most CRNAs, runs through July 2018. If you initially certified in 2016, you’ll also check-in in 2018, but your dates vary. See the chart below for deadline information. Those that recertified or were initially certified in 2017 will not need to check in until 2019. The NBCRNA is committed to ensuring a smooth transition to the 2-year Check-in for all CRNAs and will send out regular updates and reminders.
Q How long will the 2-year Check-In process take? Can I do it from my cell phone?Designed with busy CRNAs' schedules in mind, the 2-year Check-in process is quick—expected to typically take less than 10 minutes to complete. You will be able to access it from your computer, cell phone, tablet, or any electronic device that has internet access.
Q Why is updating contact information such an important component of the 2-year Check-in?Based on past experience, contact information for more than 5,000 CRNAs was found to be outdated over a four-year period. Updating your contact information helps ensure that you receive important information from NBCRNA, such as updates, reminders and deadlines.
Q Where can I get additional information on the CPC Program? Who can I contact if I have questions?The NBCRNA is your primary source for questions about the 2-year Check-in process and the CPC Program. Continual updates on the check-in process can be found at www.nbcrna.com/2YCI, as well as CPC Program resources, videos, a toolkit, and more information at www.nbcrna.com/CPC. For questions about the CPC Program, you can contact the NBCRNA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-285-4658.
Q What if I miss my check-in window? Is there a penalty for not checking in every two years?
The 2-year Check-in is a requirement of the CPC Program, which makes it necessary in order to maintain CPC compliance for your upcoming two years. You can check your deadline and status by checking your profile on the NBCRNA portal https://portal.nbcrna.com/, and the NBCRNA will also send notices. However, if you miss the window or are late checking in, there will be an additional fee incurred. If this happens, you will also be notified that you are not in CPC compliance. You can always log in to your NBCRNA account to check your dates and status. More information on penalties for missing check-in deadlines can be found at www.nbcrna.com/continued-certification/cpc-faqs.
Every effort will be made to remind all certificants of their check-in dates and requirements.
Q I'm a member of AANA. Will they be updating me on the 2-year Check-in requirements as well?The NBCRNA and AANA will be working together to help ensure you have the information you need. Information on the 2-year Check-in will be included on the AANA website and other resources.
Q I'm not a member of AANA. Will I find everything I need about the 2-year Check-in through the NBCRNA?Yes. The NBCRNA is committed to assisting all certificants with the 2-year Check-in. You can expect continual communication from the NBCRNA on the 2-year Check-in process to ensure a smooth transition. You can visit www.nbcrna.com/CPC for CPC Program resources, videos, a toolkit, and more information, or www.nbcrna.com/2YCI specifically for 2-year Check-in information. Additionally, you can contact the NBCRNA at email@example.com or 855-285-4658.
Q Is the verification of licensure and practice a sole requirement of the NBCRNA?No. The verification of licensure and practice is a requirement of not only the NBCRNA, but also of a wide variety of other regulators to whom the NBCRNA must answer. These include the state boards of nursing, our accreditors (NCCA, ABSNC), and local facilities.
Q Does the NBCRNA require minimum practice hours for the CPC Program?While CRNAs are required to engage in practice to maintain CPC Program compliance, the NBCRNA does not prescribe minimum practice hours. State boards of nursing (or their regulatory equivalent) and facility credentialing bodies determine those requirements for practitioners and establish compliance at the state and/or institutional levels. Active anesthesia practice can be in clinical, education, research or administration. More information can be found at http://bit.ly/2DrBtx9.
Q Once I finish the first step in the 2-year Check-in process, will you notify me about next steps?Yes. Although maintaining your certification is primarily the responsibility of the CRNA, the NBCRNA will be in contact with you every step of the way throughout the CPC Program and provide you with progress updates towards completion of the CPC requirements. Our goal is to keep everyone abreast of the CPC Program timeline well in advance of various deadlines to ensure a smooth transition.
For example, if you are scheduled to complete the 2-year Check-in in 2018, the next step will be in two years when you are required to demonstrate CPC compliance (formerly "recertify") in 2020. After that, your next 2-year Check-in will be in 2022. In 2024, you will demonstrate CPC compliance and at this time you will also take the Performance Standard assessment (which will have no impact on your credential no matter how you perform on this assessment).
Another example: If you are scheduled to complete the 2-year Check-in in 2019, the next step for you will be in 2021 when you are required to demonstrate CPC compliance. Your next 2-Year Check-in will occur in 2023 and you will then demonstrate CPC compliance in 2025, at which time you will also take the Performance Standard assessment (which will have no impact on your credential no matter how you perform on this assessment).