Nearly 12,000 registered nurses currently hold the CPAN® and CAPA® credentials granted by ABPANC. To ensure that certified nurses possess the most up-to-date knowledge and have recent and current experience, the CPAN and CAPA certification credentials are awarded for three years and must be renewed. It is imperative that nurses wishing to recertify carefully review the entire online Recertification Handbook.
The CPAN and CAPA credentials are registered service marks. Registered Nurses who have not achieved CPAN and/or CAPA certification status are not authorized to use these credentials.
Options for Recertification
Recertification candidates have two options:
- Re-Examination, or
- Continual Learning Program as described in the online Recertification Handbook.
Recertification candidates that choose re-examination and are unsuccessful may not then choose to recertify by the Continual Learning Program. The deadlines to renew by examination are available in the Certification — Examination Administration section.
Create Your Recertification Account Now!
Your online user account may be created at any time. To access the online Recertification System for the first time, you will be prompted to create an online user account. If you have previously created an account on this system, please log in to your account at the prompt. Certificants can log in and track their contact hours in the Continual Learning Documentation Log, which functions as an “electronic filing cabinet.” You are encouraged to log your continual learning activities as you earn them throughout your three-year certification cycle and to keep copies of documentation verifying all your continual learning activities.
ABPANC sends recertification candidates two renewal notices: the first is sent approximately 120 days prior to the expiration date of your certification status, and the second is sent approximately 45 days prior to expiration. The First Renewal Notice will notify you of whether or not you have been selected for audit.