Check your Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements

CCI recognizes that care of the perioperative patient stretches across a broad continuum, and we believe that all patients benefit from care provided by a certified nurse. Therefore, CCI has expanded eligibility requirements for CNOR reactivation. Nurses wishing to reactivate their CNOR must:

  1. Have been CNOR certified at some time in the past.
  2. Hold a current unrestricted RN license.
  3. Be currently working full time or part time in perioperative nursing in the area of nursing education, administration, research or clinical practice.
  4. Have worked a minimum of 500 hours in perioperative nursing, within the five-year recertification cycle.
  5. At least 250 of the 500 hours need to be in the area of nursing education, administration, research or clinical practice that impacts the care provided to patients in the intraoperative setting.

Review Policies

View the CNOR Candidate Handbook for a complete description on CCI's policies and procedures related to reactivation.

Eligible Nurses
A person’s title is not a consideration in determining eligibility. Any clinical hours that impact care provided to patients in the intraoperative setting are eligible toward the 500 hours minimum.

Information on applications is subject to verification by authorized CCI personnel, who check each application for accuracy and reasonableness. Information gained through verification will be confidential except in instances in which the law requires disclosure of facts. Should any information on the application be found false, you will be notified and declared ineligible to continue the recertification process.

Forfeiture of Fees
If you are recertifying by exam, you must schedule and take the exam during the testing window you've chosen, or you'll forfeit all fees. Any of the following will result in forfeiture:

  • Failure to cancel the appointment with the testing organization within the required time.
  • Failure to appear as scheduled to take the exam.
  • Arrival at the testing organization without proper identification and a current valid RN license.
  • Failure to achieve a passing score on the exam.
  • In any of these circumstances, you must repeat the entire application process, including payment of application fees, to take the exam at a future date. You may test only once in each testing window.

Download the CNOR Certification Handbook