About the CPC Program 2-year Check-In
What is the 2-year Check-in?
Under the former “recertification” program, CRNAs came back every two years. That check-in and billing timing stays the same under the Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program. Though the continuing education periods in the CPC Program are divided into two 4-year cycles, you will check in every two years to respect the timing that has worked for CRNAs in the past.
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 fee 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 “recertification”). 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 approximately May through July. 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 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.
**Regarding continuing practice: With the CPC Program, although CRNAs are required to engage in practice to maintain CPC 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.
† The Performance Standard assessment is taken just once (by 2024 or 2025) to determine where you stand in relation to the standard, but will have no impact on your credential no matter how you perform on the assessment. Additional continuing education (currently in the form of Core Modules) will need to be taken in areas where the standard is not met. The Passing Standard assessment is not taken until/by 2032/2033.