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Reactivate by Portfolio

About the CNOR Professional Portfolio

A professional portfolio can best be described as an exemplar, or examples of best practices in your professional life. It requires that, in addition to participating in educational or professional activities, you also reflect and document how you have integrated learning from activities to your clinical practice. It is more than a list or log of your professional activities. A portfolio includes documentation of how you applied that learning to your practice.

Candidates for CNOR reactivation may submit a professional Portfolio to provide documentation of maintaining continued perioperative competence. In addition to identifying examples of practice that showcase achievements, professional development is portrayed by reflecting on those examples. Reflection requires the ability to describe an activity in depth, analyze it, and then apply the results to future practice. 

Benefits of a Portfolio

  • Provides evidence of continued competence
  • Encourages reflective learning on professional experiences
  • Enables you to integrate what you have learned into your clinical practice
  • Provides a sense of professional pride and accomplishment
  • Peer-review process provides valuable feedback and insight on current practice
  • Creates a tool that may be useful for performance reviews, clinical ladders, promotions, job interviews, to demonstrate professional development, to document performance in meeting requirements of an accreditation survey, or as part of an application to an educational program


If you are using the portfolio method to reactivate a lapsed CNOR credential, your application and reflections forms may be submitted at any time throughout the year. All activities must have been completed in the five years prior to submission of your application.


A complete portfolio must contain each of the following components:

  1. Completed Portfolio Application.
  2. Professional resume. Your resume should be of the same quality as one used to apply for a job. Please limit work experiences and awards to the past five years. Education, employment, and professional achievements listed on the resume should support the selected activities below.
  3. Four different activities that best reflect your current perioperative practice. The activities must have taken place in the past five years.
    • Continuing education (total of 35 contact hours)
    • Educational resources
    • Patient-centered care
    • Standards application
    • Precepting/mentoring/coaching
    • Evidence-based practice/CQI/research
    • Risk mitigation
    • Contribution to institution: committee work
    • Contribution to a professional organization
    • Educational presentation
    • Professional writing
    • Academic courses completed or taught
  4. A completed reflection form must accompany each activity. Information to include on the form includes a thorough description of the chosen event, what was learned, what would be done differently in the future, and the identification of goals and further learning needs.
  5. Relevant evidence/documentation must be provided that demonstrates successful completion of the activity.

Downloadable Forms

Please note, this process cannot be done online. Please download and submit the following forms.


Many successful applicants have found it beneficial to review examples of appropriate documentation: a sample portfolio activity and sample resume.