Frequently Asked Questions About Recertification

+ What is the process to recertify my CPAN® and/or CAPA® Credential?
You have two options available when seeking Recertification: 1) by re-examination or 2) by contact hours through ABPANC's Continual Learning Program. You may read about both of these options on Page 6-9 of the Recertification Handbook. You can find step-by step instructions on how to recertify on page 11.

You must recertify your CPAN and/or CAPA Credential online, as paper applications are not accepted.

Click here to access the CPAN/CAPA Online Recertification System.
+ What are the eligibility requirements to recertify my CPAN® and or CAPA® Credential?
In order to recertify your Credential, you must:
  1. Have a current, unrestricted* registered nurse license in the United States or any of its territories which use the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) as the basis for determining RN licensure.
  2. Have accrued a minimum of 1200 hours of perianesthesia nursing practice as a Registered Nurse during your three year period of certification. Practice hours may be earned in perianesthesia staff nurse, manager, educator or researcher roles.
You can read more about the eligibility requirements on Page 5 of the Recertification Handbook.
+ How do I know when it’s time to recertify my CPAN® and/or CAPA® Credential?
You must recertify your Credential every 3 years. If you acquired your Credential during the Spring Cycle, your Credential expires on April 31. If you acquired your Credential during the Fall Cycle, your Credential Expires on October 31. Your Wall Certificate and Wallet ID Card contain an expiration date.

You can read more about recertification windows and deadlines on page 10 of the Recertification Handbook.

ABPANC sends Certificants several "reminders":
  1. A "one year out" reminder is sent electronically to all Certificants one year prior to their expiration date.
  2. A First Renewal Notice is sent electronically by January 1st for those due to recertify in the Spring Cycle and by July 1st for those due to recertify in the Fall Cycle.
  3. A Second Renewal Notice is sent electronically by March 15th for the Spring Cycle and by September 15th for the Fall Cycle.
  4. A “two week out” reminder is sent out electronically by April 15th for the Spring Cycle and by October 15th for the Fall Cycle.
+ It is your responsibility to make sure that the mailing address and email address on file with ABPANC is correct at all times.
Recertication reminders from ABPANC may go to your Junk/Spam folder. If you don’t receive a reminder or notice, contact ABPANC by email at abpanc@proexam.org or by telephone at 1-800-6ABPANC (Press Option 2 or 3).

TIP: Add abpanc@proexam.org to your “Safe Senders” list to receive important information from ABPANC in your Inbox.
+ Can I recertify outside my Recertification Cycle?
No. You must recertify your Credential every 3 years. If you acquired your Credential in the Spring, you may only recertify your Credential in the Spring. If you acquired your Credential in the Fall, you may only recertify your Credential in the Fall.

Please note: If you are recertifying by examination, you must take the examination during the window that you were initially certified, i.e., during the Spring window or the Fall window.
+ I changed contact information; how do I notify ABPANC?
You can update your mailing address in ABPANC's Online Recertification System at any time. You will need the email address and the password you selected when you created your original account. If you do not have this information, follow the prompts on the home page.

The email address associated with your Credential can only be changed by ABPANC. If your primary email has changed, contact ABPANC by email at abpanc@proexam.org or by phone at 1-800-6ABPANC (Press Option 2 or 3). DO NOT create a new user account to change your email.

It is your responsibility to make sure that the mailing address and email address on file with ABPANC is correct at all times.
+ I recently changed job settings. How can I make sure I am still eligible to recertify?
You must make sure that the Credential for which you are recertifying is still relevant to the needs of your patients and the amount of time your patients spend in the specific phases described by the Perianesthesia Continuum of Care. If you are CPAN® certified and you have the required hours caring for patients in Phase I, you meet the experience requirement to recertify your CPAN® Credential. If you are CAPA® certified and have the required hours caring for patients in Preanesthesia Phases of Preadmission and/or Day of Surgery, Phase II, and/or Extended Care, you meet the experience requirement to recertify your CAPA® Credential.

PLEASE NOTE: The clinical eligibility criteria to recertify as a CPAN is not interchangeable with the eligibility criteria to recertify as a CAPA and vice versa. If you are certified as a CPAN, you must meet the clinical requirement that focuses on patients in Phase I; if you are certified as a CAPA, you must meet the clinical requirement that focuses on patients in the Phases described in the aforementioned paragraph.

If the change in your job setting means that you no longer care for the relevant patient population for which you were initially certified, you must take the certification exam for the credential that is most relevant to the current needs of your patients. In other words, the CPAN and CAPA Credentials are not interchangeable.
+ I am both CPAN and CAPA certified. Can I recertify both Credentials at the same time?
If you hold the CPAN and CAPA certification and both are due to be recertified in the same cycle, you must submit two separate Recertification Applications.

To recertify both Credentials, you must meet the licensure and practice requirements and have:
  • at least 1200 hours of perianesthesia nursing practice as a Registered Nurse during your three year period of certification in Postanesthesia Phase I (CPAN)
  • AND
  • at least 1200 hours of perianesthesia nursing practice as a Registered Nurse during your three year period of certification in Preanesthesia Phase, Day of Surgery/Procedure, Postanesthesia Phase II and/or Extended Care. (CAPA)
If you are recertifying through ABPANC's Continual Learning Program, you may, however, use the same contact hours for both applications.
+ What are my options to earn contact hours?
To recertify through the Continual Learning Program, 90 Contact Hours of acceptable continual learning activities are required. If you are recertifying for the first time, you must earn a minimum of 60 contact hours in Direct Care. The remaining 30 contact hours may be earned in either Direct or Indirect Care. If you are recertifying for the second time, you must earn a minimum of 45 contact hours in Direct Care. The remaining 45 contact hours may be earned in either Direct or Indirect Care. If you are recertifying for the third time or more, you must earn a total of 90 contact hours. No minimum is required in Direct Care.

You can find examples of the types of activities that are eligible for contact hours on page 15 of the Recertification Handbook. These may be things that you are doing already, including continuing education, academic coursework, teaching activities, authorship activities, facilitating quality care, and serving as a resource or leader. You may also earn free contact hours by volunteering with ABPANC! Click here to learn more about becoming an ABPANC volunteer.
+ How do I keep track of my continual learning activities and contact hours?
You can enter your contact hours as you accrue them in the Continual Learning Documentation Log, which is found in ABPANC's Online Recertification System. The Continual Learning Documentation Log functions as an "Electronic File Cabinet".
+ What are Direct Care vs Indirect Care activities?
Direct Care learning activities directly impact perianesthesia patients, their family, and significant others. In other words, Direct Care is about patients and their loved ones. Indirect Care learning activities primarily impact nurses and their ability to deliver perianesthesia nursing care. In other words, Indirect Care is about nurses.

Examples of learning activities that apply to Direct and Indirect Care are found pages 21-23 of the Recertification Handbook.
+ Do the courses I take or teach for EPIC training count towards recertification?
Regarding EPIC, the electronic health record system being implanted in many hospitals. Due to the fact that this system is used to support the data for ALL hospital patients and is not specific to Anesthesia patients, the hours spent taking and/or teaching these classes cannot be counted towards the recertification of CPAN or CAPA.
+ Can I print the Continual Learning Documentation Log?
The log forms can be printed directly from the online Recertification System. You will need the email address and the password you selected when you created your original account. Click the Print option on the main menu page to print the log form.

Tip: At the time of your recertification, if you complete the Continual Learning Documentation Log (as a non-Audit), and wish to keep a copy, please print the document for your files before you submit your payment. Once you successfully recertify, the Log is erased so that you can start a new one.
+ Why was I selected for Audit?
A random selection of 10% of all CPANs and 10% of all CAPAs due for Recertification in a particular window is required to maintain accreditation of the CPAN and CAPA certification programs by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC). You will find out whether you were selected for Audit when you receive your First Renewal Notice.
+ What do I do if I am selected for Audit?
Complete instructions concerning the Audit process are listed on page 12 of the Recertification Handbook. If you were selected for Audit, you must provide contact information for two individuals who will be asked to verify you have met the RN Licensure and Clinical Practice requirements.

You will also be required to submit a completed Continual Learning Documentation Log form and documentation of participation. The log forms can be printed directly from ABPANC's Online Recertification System.

TIP: Updating the log form on a regular basis will save you time when you apply for recertification.
+ What can I do if I missed the deadline to recertify my CPAN® and/or CAPA® Credential?
If you missed the deadline to recertify your credential, you will receive an Expiration Notice after the close of the Recertification Cycle. You may choose to seek reinstatement of your credential through the process described in the Expiration Notice. Those who apply for reinstatement must complete the online Recertification Application as an Audited Certificant, pay the non-refundable Recertification Fee ($194 for ASPAN Members, $315 for Non-Members) and submit a non-refundable Reinstatement Fee of $150. Complete, step-by-step instructions are provided to all those who request the reinstatement of their credentials.

 

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If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email at abpanc@proexam.org or by phone at 1-800-6ABPANC (Press Option 2 or 3).