Certification

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NURSING

CANNT actively supports and promotes the certification in nephrology nursing provided by the Canadian Nurses Association.

For more information on certification contact the Canadian Nurses Association 1-800-361-8404 or www.cna-nurses.ca.

There are two options through which you can qualify to write the certification exam — option A or option B.

Option A— experience only:

A minimum of 3,900 hours’ experience as a registered nurse in your specialty over the past five years in full-time, part-time or casual employment. Your experience may be in any of the five nursing domains:

  • Direct patient care
  • Education
  • Research
  • Policy
  • Administration

Option B — experience plus specialty education:

A minimum of 2,925 hours’ experience as a registered nurse in your specialty over the past five years in full-time, part-time or casual employment in any of the five nursing domains:

    • Direct patient care
    • Education
    • Research
    • Policy
    • Administration

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A formal post-basic course in your specialty at least 300 hours in length and taken over the last 10 years. A formal post-basic course is a specialty diploma or certificate program completed at a community college or university.

Certified RNs are recognized nationally for their practice excellence and commitment to lifelong learning;
valued by employers, because their certification demonstrates specialized knowledge and brings many benefits to organizations; viewed as having enhanced professional credibility.

CNA Certification Important Updates:

Important dates 2020:

Initial or renewal by exam

 

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Exam window

Results

Spring

Jan. 9 – March 2

May 1 – 15

June

Fall

June 1 – September 10 

Nov. 1 – 15

Dec.

Renewal by continuous learning (CL)

 

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Renewal by CL

Jan. 9 – Nov. 1  

Please note: All certifications set to expire in 2020 are due to renew.

TECHNICAL

CANNT actively supports and promotes certification in nephrology technology.  The basic eligibility requirement for being examined for dialysis certification in Canada is the applicant’s active registration with their Provincial association as a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET), Applied Science Technologist (AScT), or Certified Technician (CTech).

  1. The applicant shall have a minimum of three years’ related experience (two years if the candidate is a graduate of a recognized post-secondary programme and has served an internship) working full time in a dialysis unit or in the dialysis industry.

Applicants who are graduates of a recognized biomedical post-secondary program accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), and/or recognized by the Board, will be allowed to count a maximum of 1-yr internship period as part of the 3 year requirement.

  1. It is not necessary that the applicant be currently employed by a hospital, but it is required that the applicant has the above experience.
  2. The applicant shall submit the names of at least 3 references for the dialysis technologist/technician certification. These references must be healthcare professionals who are familiar with the individual’s competence in the following areas:

Technical ability

Clinical experience interfacing with physicians

Clinical experience interfacing with nursing staff

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