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Renewing Your Certification

Your CNA certification is valid for a five-year term. You can renew your certification credential either by submitting a list of continuous learning activities or by rewriting the certification exam. You must also meet the eligibility requirements and continue to be an RN in good standing.

The renewal process is completely paperless. The application and eligibility procedure is online-only and exams will be delivered at computer-based testing facilities across Canada. We have compiled useful documents regarding the online renewal process which you can find on our Application Process page.

Please contact us if you have any questions.


Important dates: Due to renew in 2017

Renewal by exam dates

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Spring Jan. 3 – March 1 May 1 – 15 June
Fall June 1 – Sept. 1 Nov. 1 – 15 Dec.

Renewal by continuous learning (CL)

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Renewal by CL Jan. 3 – Nov. 30

Please note: All certifications set to expire in 2017 are valid until December 31, 2017.


Missed your 2016 renewal?
If you were due to renew in 2016, please contact the certification team to discuss your options as you’ve missed your renewal period.

Unable to meet the renewal eligibility requirements?
If you are unable to renew due to personal or professional reasons, you can request (before your certification expires) that your certification be declared inactive.

If you take no action, your certification will lapse and you will not be permitted to use the credentials in your practice.

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