new site has been developed to provide resources for students and new
graduates. Check back regularly for updates to the site and for answers
to your questions about certification and continued professional certification
NEW: Interpretive Guides
Watch the webinar recording, "CPC Program for Educators and Students"
(Recorded Feb. 17, 2016; 30 min.)
In 2015: The CPC Program entry depends upon the year
of certification, not the year of graduation. Because the CPC Program
didn't launch until August 1, 2016, the timing to enter the CPC Program
is a little bit different for those who initially certify in 2015. You will
complete one 2-year recertification cycle with 40 CE Credits – under the former
recertification program –and then enter the CPC Program in 2017.
In 2016: Whereas, if you initially certify in 2016,
you will begin the CPC Program in 2016. Just like if you initially certify in 2017,
you will begin the CPC Program in 2017, and so on.
Frequently Asked Questions About CPC
What is Continued
Professional Certification (CPC)?
Formerly called “recertification,” CPC is the process of
maintaining your certification. The process
involves completing specific requirements during a defined period of time.
What are the CPC
- Every 4 Years
- 60 Class A
Requirement (Assessed CE)
These are assessed and prior-approved CE that are directly related to nurse
- 40 Class B
These are activities that do not require assessment or prior approval. These
are activities that enhance knowledge of anesthesia practice, support patient
safety, or foster understanding of the healthcare environment.
- Core Modules
These are educational programs that provide update of core knowledge
fundamental to nurse anesthesia practice. Credits earned from core modules can
be applied to Class A requirement. Core modules are voluntary for the first
- Active RN/APRN
Nurse anesthetists will take a CPC Examination every other 4-year CPC cycle; i.e., once every 8-year CPC Program period. For the first CPC Examination, certificants will need to meet a performance standard. This provides nurse anesthetists with an opportunity to become familiar with the CPC Examination content outline and the electronic examination format. Not meeting the performance standard in any core domain on the examination will not result in loss of certification. For those areas in which the performance standard was not met, NBCRNA is currently considering options other than the current requirement, which is taking an additional CPC Core Module.
When do I enter the CPC Program?
year in which you enroll in the CPC Program depends on when you certify.
If you certify in 2017, for example, you enter the CPC Program in 2017.
If you certify in 2018, you enter the CPC Program in 2018.
Special note to CRNAs who are initially certified in 2015: You will complete one (1) 2-year recertification cycle with 40 CE credits and then enroll in the CPC Program in 2017.
Do the courses I took during my nurse anesthesia program
count for recertification or for CPC compliance?
No. Credits earned during a nurse anesthesia program
cannot be applied to continued professional certification (CPC) or