Contributing to a Culture of Safety – Join the CNOR Movement

The CNOR certification program is for perioperative nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills and providing the highest quality care to their patients.

For more than 30 years, perioperative nurses have used the CNOR credential to gain credibility and recognition from colleagues and patients, achieve their personal and professional goals, and enhance their career development.

Hospitals and institutions around the world support the CNOR program because certified nurses are confident in their skill and knowledgeable of the latest standards of practice and care. CNOR-certified nurses are leaders in the operating room community.

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More than 34,000 perioperative nurses currently hold the CNOR credential. Begin your CNOR journey today.

Myth: I don’t have the time to prepare for the exam.
The average nurse spends two – three months preparing for the exam. Credibility, professional and personal achievement, validation of knowledge, and career enhancement are worthwhile results of a two – three month commitment over the course of your entire career.

Myth: I don’t know how to prepare.
CCI offers a variety of preparation materials, test-taking tips, and a dedicated staff to guide you through the process. You don’t have to do this alone. With the right tools and guidance, you will be poised to pass the exam.

Myth: My employer won’t cover the cost of certification.
The long-term benefits of certification outweigh the costs to take the exam for most candidates. Consider this—over the five-year certification cycle, the application fee costs you less than a quarter a day.


The CNOR credential is currently accredited by two, independent accrediting bodies: the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the American Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC). As an accredited program, CCI has demonstrated compliance with the highest standards of practice in the professional certification and nursing communities. Learn more about accreditation.

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