Register for the CPAN and/or CAPA Exam: Fall Registration Window July 1 - Oct 31

2024 Fall Recertification Window: July 1 – October 31

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Which Exam is Right for You?

Find your path to certification here. It will help you determine whether CPAN or CAPA certification is the right one for you.

Step 1

Gather Information

Read the Certification Candidate Handbook thoroughly. Review eligibility requirements. Choose a registration window, noting dates and deadlines.

Step 2


Take advantage of ABPANC’s study resources, many of which are FREE. Try the Practice Tests and Question of the Week. Review current resources. Connect with a Coach.

Step 3

Test Registration

Locate your testing site ahead of time. Create an account on Learning Builder and register for the appropriate test online. Sign up for Test Assured! Obtain a receipt and authorization. Pass with flying colors!

Step 4


Move forward in your career with certification proving your current knowledge and skills are up to date. Track your CEs on Learning Builder. Come back to recertify when needed.

CPAN® and CAPA® Certification

The American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc. (ABPANC) is responsible for developing, sponsoring and managing the Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN®) and the Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse (CAPA®) nursing certification programs. These national professional certification programs are designed for registered nurses caring for patients who have experienced sedation, analgesia and anesthesia in a hospital or ambulatory care facility.
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The Benefits of CPAN® and CAPA® Certification

Join an elite group of board-certified perianesthesia nursing colleagues

Become CPAN or CAPA certified to:

  • Improve patient care and safety
  • Enhance employer confidence
  • Validate professional experience
  • Commit to lifelong learning
  • Strengthen credibility
  • Increase earning potential

Question of the Week

According to ASPAN Standards of Perianesthesia Nursing Practice, the perianesthesia nurse administering moderate sedation to a patient makes sure that an emergency cart with a defibrillator is:

  1. immediately available during the administration.
  2. available on the next floor, near the elevator.
  3. available only for patients with an ASA score of 2 or less.
  4. immediately available upon request from the code team.