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Nursing Certification

The Canadian Nurses Association offers certification in 17 specialty areas.  The certification credential is part of a respected national certification program. Certification became available to Canadian community health nurses in 2006.  It provides official recognition by nursing colleagues and health system stakeholders of the unique community practice focus and that certified nurses are qualified, competent, and current in the practice of community health nursing.  The official designation letters, CCHN(C), are engraved on the pin provided to candidates who have successfully passed the rigorous national practice and knowledge requirements of the certification exam. CHNC encourages you to wear your pin with pride.
Use the following links for further certification information. 
Influence of Certification on Community Health Nursing March 2010  click here

2017 CNA Certification Application Information

CNA are pleased to announce that CNA certification examinations will be moving to computer-based testing. Initial and renewal applications will be entirely online starting in 2016.  

Initial exam

Spring :  Application period is January 3 - March 1, 2017 with the exam window May 1 -15, 2017
Fall:  Application period is June 1 - September 1, 2017 with the exam window November 1 - 15, 2017

Renewal due in 2017 

Renewal by exam - Online application process will open on:
Spring :  Application period is January 3 - March 1, 2017 with the exam window May 1 -15, 2017
Fall:  Application period is June 1 - September 1, 2017 with the exam window November 1 - 15, 2017

Renewal by continuous learning - Online application process will open on: January 3,2017 - November 30, 2017

Stayed tuned to the CNA Certification website ( and upcoming webinars with helpful information about online applications.

Revised 2014 Community Health Nursing Certification Guidebook

The Community Health Nursing Certification Guidebook was first developed in 2007 by the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) in London, Ontario, and ParaMed Home Health, Ontario. It was created as an additional resource to help candidates prepare for the Canadian Nurses Association Community Health Nursing Certification exam. With the development of a new certification exam in 2012, CHNC secured a grant from the Public Health Agency of Canada to complete a major revision of the guidebook to align with the revised exam and the 2011 Canadian Community Health Nursing Professional Practice Model and Standards of Practice. This work was undertaken by MLHU and ParaMed in collaboration with CHNC. Hundreds of CHNs across Canada have benefited from this resource that is available to CHNC members through its website. Log in to access.
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In 2012, CHNC assumed the copyright and its Certification Committee took on the responsibility for reviewing and updating the Guidebook. On annual basis, a workgroup composed of Canadian community health nursing experts representing diverse practice domains that reflect the depth and diversity of CHN practice review the contents of the Guidebook and makes appropriate revisions. The 2014 edition features updated links to both text-based and multimedia resources.
Want the guidebook but you are not a member? Join today. The Community Health Nursing Certification Guidebook is also available for purchase.

2016 Barbara Mildon Community Health Nursing Certification Bursary

This bursary was inaugurated in 2004 to recognize Barb’s leadership in the development of national standards of practice for community health nursing. The purpose of the $500.00 bursary is to provide encouragement and support to an individual(s) pursuing certification and to offset the cost of the initial certification examination.

Please check back for application details in December 2016.