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By Kellie Anderson and Benjamin Dennis

Attaining your CNOR certification is a prestigious professional accomplishment. Keep your credential active by recertifying on time. Kellie Anderson and Benjamin Dennis of the CCI Credentialing Team answer FAQs about recertification, CCI’s Take 2 program and more.

Q: Where can I report my Continuing Education?

A: You can report your Continuing Education by logging into the CCI site, then selecting “My CNOR” above your profile details. Next, select the “Continuing Education” tab. Once on this page, you can review/edit previously reported activities, report Contact Hours, report Professional Activity Points, and import AORN contact hours. In order to report AORN Contact Hours, you will need to know your AORN login email and password or your AORN ID number.

Q: What is the difference between my accrual period and recertification year?

A: Your accrual period is the five-year timeframe in which you can earn and complete activities to meet the recertification requirement. Accrual periods begin on January 1 of the first year and end on December 31 of the fifth year, regardless of when you initially became certified. For example: January 1, 2014-December 31, 2018.

Your recertification year is the year in which you submit your activities, employment details and license information to CCI in your CNOR recertification application. This is the only year in which you pay the recertification fee. Your recertification year is the sixth year and subsequent year after your accrual period ends. Once you submit your recertification application and it is approved during this year, it then becomes your first year in the new accrual period.

Q: What are my options for recertification?

A: If you are recertifying in 2019, 2020 or 2021 you have the following options for your next accrual period: Contact Hours, Professional Development Activities or recertification by exam. Professional Development Activity categories include academic study, additional perioperative certifications, precepting or mentoring new employees, and many more! You can find a list of our approved Contact Hour providers at: Please check our new 2019 recertification guide for more categories found here: If you just gained your CNOR credential (passed the exam) in 2019, your options for recertification are Professional Development Activities or recertification by exam.

Q: How do I access my CCI account?

A: In order to login to your account, you will need to know which email address you have associated with your account. You will never need to create a second account. If you do not know which email address was used, please call us, and we can help you. If you do not know your password but know which email address was used, please select the “forgot your password?” option. On the next page, enter in the email address associated with your account. You will receive an email with a link that allows you to reset your password.

Q: How do I change my name or contact information on my account?

A: After logging into your account, select the “edit contact info” option found under your profile details. On the next page, you can edit your contact information. To change your name, please contact CCI directly.

Q: Where can I verify a credential?

A: CCI offers online credential verification at:

Q: How do I register for my second Take 2 exam?

A: Once your first three-month testing window is over, you may register for your second exam by logging into your CCI account, clicking on “My CNOR” and then proceed to the “Exam” tab. If you are eligible, there will be the option to register for the next testing window. Once you have clicked on this button, you will receive your Approval To Test (ATT) email within 24 hours. The letter will contain a new Eligibility ID from Prometric and you may use this to schedule your exam.

Q: Still need more help?

A: Please reach out to us! We can be reached by phone at 888-257-2667 and by email at



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