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Fall Exam Administration Window Open September 15 – November 15

Fall Recertification Window Open July 1 - October 31

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 CPAN and 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

In caring for a toddler, the perianesthesia nurse is aware that the primary cause of anxiety prior to surgery is:

  1. fear of the medical equipment
  2. striving for approval
  3. loss of privacy
  4. separation from parents
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