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Community Health Nursing Certification

The Canadian Nurses Association offers certification in 20 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.

Influence of Certification on Community Health Nursing March 2010  click here

2020 CNA Certification Application Information

CNA certification examinations have moved to computer-based testing. Initial and renewal applications are entirely online.  
Save 20% on your CNA Certification for Community Health. If you are a current member or become a member of CHNC and are writing or renewing your certification, please email to obtain the voucher code for 20% off.

Initial exam

Spring application period is January 20 - March 2, 2020 with the exam window May 1 - 15, 2020. 
Fall application period is June 1 - September 10, 2020 with exam window November 1 – 15, 2020.

Renewal due in 2020

2020 Renewal by exam: Online application process will open on January 20 - March 2, 2020, with the exam window May 1 - 15, 2020 and application process will open on June 1 - September 10, 2020 with exam window November 1 - 15. 
2020 Renewal by continuous learning: Online application process will open on January 20 - November 1, 2020.  

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

Resources for Applicants

Use the following links for further certification information:
Once you have decided to apply for Certification in Community Health Nursing, or are renewing your CHNC(C) certification, you may find it helpful to belong to CHNC if you are not already a member. Click here for more information. 

Resources for CHNC Members

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Certification Forum

CHNC members may log in to subscribe to and participate in a Certification Forum to pose questions, offer resources and share thoughts while preparing for their certification exam. Those with experience writing this exam are invited to share tips and offer mentorship.

Revised 2017 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. 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.  
In 2012, CHNC assumed the copyright and its Certification Committee took on the responsibility for reviewing and updating the Guidebook. On an annual basis, a work group composed of Canadian community health nursing experts representing diverse practice domains that reflect the depth and diversity of CHN practice, reviews the content of the Guidebook and makes appropriate revisions. The 2017 edition features updated links to both text-based and multimedia resources. As a CHNC member, you can log in to access this resource.
Want the guidebook but are not a member? The Community Health Nursing Certification Guidebook is also available for purchase.

Barbara Mildon Community Health Nursing Certification Bursary

The 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. Click here for more details.