Not All Certification Programs are Created Equal

There is a significant difference between accredited certification programs and non-accredited ones. There are two primary accrediting bodies:

Certification programs that have achieved accreditation through ABNS or NCCA have demonstrated compliance with the highest certification standards.  The CNOR credentialing program is currently accredited by both, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the American Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC). 

The ABSNC is the accrediting body of the American Board of Nursing Specialties, and it is the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification.  ABSNC advocates for consumer protection by establishing and maintaining standards for professional specialty nursing certification. CCI has maintained its accreditation by demonstrating compliance with 17 standards of program excellence. 

CCI is also an ABNS member, an organization comprised of more than 25 specialty nursing certification organizations. By holding the CNOR credential, you are one of more than 500,000 nurses who hold a credential from a nursing certification organization. To learn more about the work ABNS does to advance the value of nursing certification, or for a list of ABNS members, please use the link above or go to

NCCA is the leader in setting quality standards for credentialing organizations. CCI's accreditation by this elite organization indicates that CCI has met NCCA's strict standards and successfully completed its thorough peer review process.