As of August, 2016, CRNAs began a new re-certification process developed by the National Board of Certification and Re-certification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). The Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program consists of these components, each required every four years:
Class A Requirements
Class A CECs require prior approval and assessment. CRNAs are required to have 60 Class A assessed credits during each four-year CPC cycle. Class A CECs not applied toward the Class A requirement can be applied toward the Class B requirement.
Class B Requirements
Class B credits do not require prior approval or an assessment. CRNAs are required to have 40 Class B credits during each four-year CPC cycle. Class A CECs can be applied toward the Class B requirement and can be used to fulfill the entire Class B requirement.
Completion of four core modules are required during each four-year CPC cycle. Modules are optional during the first four-year CPC cycle. Core modules must be prior approved, assessed CE and provide Class A credit. Each of the four modules (airway management techniques, applied clinical pharmacology, human physiology and pathophysiology, and anesthesia equipment & technology) must include a formal assessment to complete (e.g. multiple-choice questions).
CRNAs must take the CPC examination every eight years. The first CPC exam (mandatory by 2024 or 2025 depending on re-certification cycle) will be used to familiarize CRNAs with the exam content/format and will not impact certification. The second CPC exam (mandatory by 2032 or 2033 depending on re-certification cycle) must be passed in order to re-certify.