Volunteer Opportunities


ABPANC relies on the knowledge and expertise of CPAN® and CAPA®-certified nurses to guide our organization’s future efforts. Read the information below to find a volunteer opportunity that best allows you to impact perianesthesia nursing and CPAN/CAPA certification.

Remote Item Writing – Be Part of the Exam Development Process

It’s easy to become a Remote Item Writer.

  1. Be a CPAN or CAPA certified nurse with the desire to write questions for the certification exams.
  2. Listen to a webinar on writing items for CPAN and CAPA exams.
  3. Write items from your home and receive feedback
  4. Earn free contact hours.

Item Writers receive two (2) contact hours for each item submitted, and can earn up to 60 contact hours in a 3-year recertification period to apply toward recertification. If you would like to learn more about this activity and how to participate in writing items please contact Marlene Dunham at mdunham@proexam.org.

Become a Coach

The ABPANC Certification Coach is interested in assisting CPAN® and CAPA® examination candidates, at the grassroots level, to prepare for the certification examination. Volunteers for this position are able to speak passionately about the value of CPAN and CAPA certification and are willing to assist and encourage not-yet-certified colleagues in becoming certified.

The coach may organize study groups and serve as a resource to perianesthesia nurses seeking certification. Through the study group the coach recruits, supports and promotes CPAN and CAPA certification in the institution in which they are employed, or at a district, state and/or regional level.

Coaching Information

Resources for Coaches are available in the ABPANC Resources/Coach section of the website.

As a Coach, you receive three (3) contact hours for becoming a coach, and three (3) contact hours for each individual you coach, and can earn up to 60 contact hours in a 3-year recertification period to apply toward recertification.

For further information, or to sign up now, Contact Zelda Williams, ABPANC Program Assistant at 800-622-7262 and press option 3 or email zwilliams@proexam.org.

Share Your Certification Story

Inspire your perianesthesia nursing colleagues to embark on their certification journey by sharing your certification story. Your story might be the “extra push” someone needs to make the commitment to become CPAN/CAPA certified. Click here to submit your story. ABPANC will review it and contact you if we have any suggested edits. We will then post it on the CPAN/CAPA website on the My Certification Story page. Please include your photo if possible. If you would like to send a short one minute video, please contact abpanc@proexam.org for more information.