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CRRN renewal by points of credit renewal applications may be submitted online. This convenient online application has a great new feature that also allows you to store points of credit during the 5-year certification period until ready to submit. The same deadlines will apply regardless of which renewal method you use.

When using this online renewal application, we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 10 or newer. Watch for add-ons that block scripts and pop-ups.

How to renew your certification online

  1. Click on the "Online renewal application" link below.
  2. 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. If you create a new account, it will not be linked to your certifcation and you will not be able to access online renewal.
  3. Once you are logged in, you will be directed to a page on the ARN website. Click on the text “Renewal by 60 Points of Credit'
  4. You will be immediately directed to the online application.  You will see tabs that indicate various parts of the application including work history, categories for points of credit, and contact information.  Arrows on the right allow you to scroll across tabs.
  5. To complete the information, simply click on the tab.  Once you enter the information, you must click the “save and next” button to save the information.  A red tab will indicate that tab is required and incomplete. You can store your points of credit earned within the 5 year certification period until ready to submit your application.
  6. Online applications will only be accepted six (6) months prior to your expiration date.  At that time, the “submit and pay” button will activate and allow you to submit your application. The deadline to electronically submit the application and payment is the last day of the month, three (3) months prior to the certification expiration date. Applications will not be accepted after the certification expiration date. If payment is not made, the application is not considered submitted.
  7. If you wish to pay by check, fill out the online application, select "Save and Print" and mail your completed application packet and check to the RNCB office. We encourage the use of traceable delivery service such as FedEx or UPS. If your application and payment are not received, your certification will not be renewed.
  8. If you need assistance completing the application, call 800.229.7530.
  9. If your application is selected for audit, you will be contacted via certified mail and asked to supply the supporting documentation.

Online renewal application

Renewal policies and procedures

2016 Deadlines & Fees

Deadlines are based on the date of submission (online) or postmark (paper-based). CRRNs has the two deadline options: early deadline or final deadline. Those who submit the application on or before the early deadline will be able to take advantage of a reduced fee.

Early deadline Final deadline
Certification expiration Application deadline Dates for earning points Application deadline Dates for earning points
6/30/2016 3/31/2016 7/1/2011 to 3/31/2016 6/30/2016 7/1/2011 to 6/30/2016
12/31/2016 9/30/2016 1/1/2012 to 9/30/2016 12/31/2016 1/1/2012 to 12/31/2016
  • All points must be earned prior to submitting an application.
  • If it is necessary to earn additional points during the final three months, the renewal fee will be based on the final deadline.

 In 2016, the renewal fees are:

Online applications

Early deadline

On or before 3/31/2016 (for CRRNs with 6/30/2016 certification expiration date)

On or before 9/30/2016 (for CRRNs with 12/31/2016 certification expiration date)

Final deadline

Between 4/1/2016 and 6/30/2016 (for CRRNs with 6/30/2016 certification expiration date)

Between 10/1/2016 and 12/31/2016 (for CRRNs with 12/31/2016 certification expiration date)

ARN member $260 $360


$395 $495
Paper applications
ARN member $300 $400
Non-member $435 $535

Refer to your certificate or the renewal chart if you have questions about your certification deadlines.

Your membership must be current to receive the member discount. Membership is not required for CRRN certification. The renewal fees are subject to change.

Important Notice Regarding Deadlines

If renewing online, the application submission deadline is midnight, central time. This deadline applies if you are applying by the early deadline (March 31 or September 30) or the final deadline (June 30 or December 31). If you have not completed and submitted the application by midnight, central time, you may incur a higher fee or miss the opportunity to renew entirely.

It is your personal and professional responsibility to meet renewal requirements and submit an application on or before the deadline if you wish to maintain your CRRN credential. It is in your best interest to renew well before the deadline to avoid problems and the potential loss of your CRRN certification.

Advantages to renewing early:
1. Check it off your “to do” list and save money by avoiding the late fee.
2. Give yourself extra time in case problems are identified. If you wait until the deadline, it might not be possible to correct any problems.
3. Get answers to your questions. Customer services representatives are available Monday-Friday, 8 am to 6 pm central time at 800.229.7530. If calling outside of these times, you will be unable to reach a live operator and if you wait until the deadline to renew, you may be unable to get help with your questions.

The RNCB is not responsible for
• lost, stolen, mangled, misdirected, or postage due mail
• applicants’ inability to access assistance by phone or email
• applications not received due to difficulty accessing the internet, service outage or delays, computer difficulties or other technical difficulties.

Paper-based application
If you decided not to use the online system, a paper-based application will be available six months prior to your certification expiration date. The application postmark deadline is the last day of the month, three months prior to the certification expiration date. Applications postmarked during the final three months of certification must include the late fee in addition to the application fee.