Steps to Earning Your CRRN Certification

1. Confirm Eligibility

Applicants for the CRRN examination must have:

  • Current, unrestricted RN license
  • Completion of at least one of the following at the time of application:
    • Within the five years preceding the examination, completion of two years of practice as a registered professional nurse in rehabilitation nursing; or
    • Within the five years preceding the examination, completion of one year of practice as a registered professional nurse in rehabilitation nursing and one year of advanced study (beyond baccalaureate) in nursing.

2. Exam Deadlines and Fees

ARN members:  $270
Nonmembers:  $395

If you are not currently an ARN Member but would like to become one and receive the reduced rate, simply click here to join ARN prior to submitting your application. 

The fees are subject to change.

To register for the examination, candidates must submit the application received by the application deadline.

Examination dates Application receipt deadlines
June 1-30, 2014 April 15, 2014 (May 1, 2014, with late fee)
December 1-31, 2014 October 15. 2014 (November 1, 2014, with late fee)

3. Prepare for the exam

Candidates are strongly encouraged to review CRRN examination content outline when preparing for the examination.  The examination is based on current knowledge of theory and practice in rehabilitation nursing. The recommended resources listed here, although not comprehensive, may be helpful to review in preparing for the examination.  Check with a local ARN chapter or within your facility to find CRRN exam study groups. 

4. Apply

Applications are available online here or by contacting Member Services at 800.229.7530.  The application approval process takes approximately 15 business days. Once your application has been approved, you will receive an e-mail containing a link to the examination schedule and you will schedule your examination based on the test site availability.

5. Schedule the Exam

Testing takes place in June and December.  Each testing center maintains its own schedule, based on overall demand and scheduling constraints. Some centers have a limited schedule or limited seating. Testing appointments are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Not all international test sites are available for this examination. For a list of test centers, click here.