CRRN certification is a major accomplishment in your professional nursing career. CRRN Certification is valid for a period of five years, expiring the last day of the month five years from when you passed the examination or your last expiration date. When that time comes, there are two ways to renew certification (1) earning 60 point of credit (2) retake the CRRN examination. CRRNs interested in renewing their certification must meet the following requirements when applying for renewal:
Renewal Schedule Chart
To determine when you are due to renew, when you will need to submit your application, or what time frame you may use for your 60 points of credit, please refer to the Renewal Dates Chart.
New Online Renewal
You may now renew your CRRN certification online. Enter points throughout the certification period and submit the application beginning 6 months prior to the certification expiration date. If you have not previously set up a website account with ARN or you have forgotten your user name or password, please call 800.229.7530 for help in setting up an online account.
Related to Rehabilitation Nursing
Beginning in 2014, renewing CRRNs will be required to validate that the content or topic of each professional development activity is related to rehabilitation nursing by identifying the corresponding domain. The domains are:
These domains are based on the content outline for the CRRN examination and cover the scope of rehabilitation nursing.
Also, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) will no longer be accepted toward CRRN renewal.
Eligibility for Non-traditional Settings and Roles
As CRRNs move into non-traditional settings and roles, some question whether they are still rehabilitation nurses. To determine whether your practice meets the definition of rehabilitation nursing, consider the scope of rehabilitation nursing practice topics and ask yourself:
Do you work with physically disabled or chronically ill patients toward the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal health?
If you answer “yes,” then you are a rehabilitation nurse and should renew your certification.
CRRN renewal or examination candidates who have been working in independent practice or caring for physically disabled or chronically ill family members for a minimum of two years within the past five years and are unable to obtain signatures from two professional colleagues, one of whom is a CRRN or immediate supervisor, must provide documents confirmed by a CRRN as having verification of rehabilitation nursing experience. For more information, read the Alternative Verification Policy and Procedure.
A percentage of CRRN certification renewal applications are randomly selected for audit during each renewal year. If your application is selected, you will be contacted via certified mail and asked to supply documentation supporting your renewal application. Acceptable documentation is listed below.
NOTE: You will only be required to provide this documentation only if your application is selected for a renewal audit. Unsolicited documentation is discarded.
Acceptable documentation for audit of points of credit renewal applications:
In addition to the documentation specific for each category, you will also need to provide documentation that supports the domain you have identified for each professional development activity. Acceptable documentation may include the program objectives, program description, or description of sponsoring organization.
A Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN®) who is unable to meet the requirements for renewal at the time his or her certification expires may apply for inactive status. Inactive status is valid for up to 3 years. If the inactive CRRN does not apply to renew prior to the end of the inactive period, certification will lapse and may be regained only by examination.
CRRNs may be granted inactive status only once within a 10 year period.
Use of credential
Return to active status
Download an inactive status application.
Applying for Retired Status
Registered nurses who meet the eligibility criteria will be granted Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse – Retired status upon submission of application and payment of a fee.
In order to be eligible for CRRN-Retired status, candidates must:
If a CRRN-Retired re-enters the nursing profession, he or she may no longer used the designation and may regain the CRRN credential by meeting the eligibility criteria in effect at that time, paying the examination fee, and achieving a passing score on the CRRN examination.
Download a retired status application.