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To recertify by contact hours, you are required to earn 125 contact hours, of which 75 hours must be related to perioperative nursing, within a five year period. In order to use any continuing education activity, you will need to have received a certificate of completion awarding you contact hours with an accreditation statement on it from one of the acceptable accredited providers. You will need to enter and maintain these contact hours in your CCI online account (more information below).
A common problem regarding contact hours is required annual / refresher training which lack certificates awarding contact hours with accreditation statements from our list of acceptable providers. (e.g. Back Safety, Standard Precautions, HIPAA Refresher training). If your certificates do not award contact hours and / or do not have an accreditation statement from one of the acceptable accredited providers on them you may not use these hours towards recertification.
If you are due to recertify in 2014, you may apply for recertification by contact hours now. If you are due to recertify in 2015, online applications will be accepted beginning January 1, 2015.
Contact Hour Earning Period
The window during which you may earn and apply contact hours toward recertification changed effective January 1, 2011. Please refer to the table below to determine the time period during which your eligible contact hours must be earned:
CNOR Credential Valid
Must Be Earned Between
2009 - 2014
Jan. 1, 2009 - Dec. 31, 2013
December 31, 2014
2010 - 2015
Jan. 1, 2010 - Dec. 31, 2014
December 31, 2015
2011 - 2016
Jan. 1, 2011 - Dec. 31, 2015
December 31, 2016
2012 - 2017
Jan. 1, 2012 - Dec. 31, 2016
December 31, 2017
The following policies have not changed:
- Your credential is still good for a five year period.
- You still have five years to earn contact hours.
- Your application is still due on July 1st to recertify your credential with a $75 discount.
Contact Hour Database
You will use the CCI Contact Hour database to track your contact hours within your CCI account. CCI recommends that you log your hours as you earn them. To start, login to your account. On the left hand navigation, click on Add/Review Contact Hours.
You Will Need the Following Information to Log in Your contact hours: - Activity name
- Activity date
- Contact hours earned
- Accredited provider (must be from the Accredited Provider List)
Learn more about how to earn contact hours in the Continuing Education section of the CCI website including:
- Approved Topics
- Accredited Providers
- Earn contact hours through CCI
- Home Study Sources
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