Renew Your CRRN Certification Online Today
Certification Renewal Updates in Response to COVID-19
RNCB recognizes the undue burden and stress that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on the nursing community. In order to support rehabilitation nurses seeking to maintain or earn their CRRN credential during these challenging times, RNCB has temporarily made the following adjustments:
- CRRNs due to renew in June or December 2020 have been granted a six-month grace period
- Renewal late fees have been waived for anyone renewing in 2020
Changes to the Eligibility Criteria
Beginning January 1, 2019, the eligibility requirements for CRRN certification renewal have been revised. To renew, CRRNs must meet the following requirements at the time of application:
- Current, unrestricted RN licensure
- At least 1000 hours of rehabilitation nursing experience as an RN within the previous 5 years
- 60 points of credit that meet the published criteria.
Previously, renewing CRRNs needed to have two years of rehabilitation nursing practice within the five-year certification period; the number of hours was not a consideration. It is anticipated that this change will make it easier for CRRNs to maintain certification; particularly those who have transitioned in and out of rehabilitation nursing and may have returned to rehabilitation nursing less than two years before their expiration date.
It is important to remember that you do not need to count hours devoted to specific rehabilitation nursing tasks or roles. Rehabilitation nursing is a philosophy of care and is not limited to any specific setting or role. Regardless of the setting or role, if you are working with individuals with physical disability or chronic illness toward the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal health—that is considered rehabilitation nursing.
While you still need a current, unrestricted RN license, 1000 hours of rehabilitation experience within the last five years, and 60 points of credit—you will no longer be required to list your activities on your application. Instead, you just need to attest that you've met the renewal requirements and verify your work experience.
Detailed Renewal Policies and Procedures are available for your reference.
Access the Certification Center
In the Certification Center you can:
- Renew your CRRN certification
- View your Certification History in your Completed Certifications
- Access your digital badge with certificate
- Look-up fellow certificants in the new Certificant Directory
The renewal application (online or paper) will be available 6 months prior to the certifiation expiration date. To get started, sign in with your ARN website username and password. IMPORTANT: Do NOT create a new account. If you do not know your username and/or password, please contact ARN at 800.229.7530 for assistance. If you create a new account, it will not be linked to your certification and you will not be able to access online renewal.
If you don't wish to renew online, you may use a paper-based application.
2020-21 Deadlines & Fees*
Deadlines are based on the date of submission (online) or postmark (paper-based).
|Certification Expiration||Standard Application Deadline & Fee||Final Application Deadline & Fee||Dates to Earn Points|
|12/31/2020||The deadline for online renewal passed 12/31/2020||6/30/2021 |
|1/1/2016 to 12/31/2020|
|7/1/2016 to 6/30/2021|
|1/1/2017 to 12/31/2021|
- *fees as of 2/1/2021
- Renewal fees are subject to change.
- Refer to your certificate or the renewal chart if you have questions about your certification deadlines.
- ARN Membership is not required for CRRN certification, but if you would like to take advantage of the discount to members, your ARN membership must be current at the time of renewal.
CRRN Inactive Status
CRRN Inactive Status is intended to allow current or recently lapsed CRRNs who have experienced traumatic or life-altering events to delay the 5-year time-frame for completing renewal requirements. If you feel you might qualify for Inactive Status, please see the Inactive Status Application for further information.
CRRNs who have retired from the nursing profession may be eligible for CRRN-Retired status.
Share Your Passion
We'd love to hear why you became a CRRN or the value of certification to you, so that we can highlight your achievement and share your insights with those considering certification. To share your story, please fill out our quick online form.