Accreditation of the CPAN® and CAPA® Certification Programs

Nursing certifications - accreditation information for CPAN and CAPA perianesthesia nursing certification

The CPAN® and CAPA® certification programs have proudly maintained accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), since 2004. ABSNC is the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification. ABSNC accreditation is a peer-review process that allows nursing certification organizations to obtain accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the highest quality standards available in the credentialing industry.

ABSNC has awarded ABPANC’s programs reaccreditation through April 2029.

What does ABSNC accreditation mean for those nurses interested in earning the CPAN® and CAPA® credentials or for those already certified? It means that the CPAN® and CAPA® certification programs are nationally accredited and recognized. The process in place to develop, administer and score the examinations meets or exceeds the standards of the certification industry from a legal, psychometric, regulatory and association management perspective. The CPAN® and CAPA® credentials validate one’s specialized knowledge as a perianesthesia nurse. More and more employers are requiring that a nurse’s certification credential(s) be accredited in order to recognize the nurse’s achievement through monetary support.

For further information about ABSNC, and the accreditation process and standards, please visit their web site at