Eligibility Requirements for Recertification

Perianesthesa nursing certification eligibility

  • Current, unrestricted RN license in the United State or any of its territories
  • A minimum of 900 hours of perianesthesia nursing practice during your three-year period of certification. Nurses working as direct care givers, managers, teachers or researchers in the perianesthesia specialty, are eligible for recertification*.
  • Successful completion of either the CPAN® or CAPA® examination (whichever credential you currently hold) OR attain 90 contact hours of continuing education as defined in the Recertification Handbook.

* This requirement of direct, hands-on care of patients does not apply to those seeking recertification if working as a manager, educator or researcher in the perianesthesia environment.

Audit of Recertification Applications

  • ABPANC reserves the right to audit any or all applications and supporting documentation for recertification.
  • ABPANC randomly audits a certain percentage of certified nurses seeking recertification.
  • If you have been selected for Audit, you will be notified when you submit your application.
  • Submission of an application indicates your agreement to comply with the terms of the audit process.
  • Documentation requested during the audit process that is not submitted or is unacceptable will result in denial of recertification.
  • Please follow the instructions listed in the Recertification Handbook describing the process for submitting an online application.

Recertification Rates


CPAN Fall 2017 69.64%
CPAN Spring 2018 76.12%
CPAN Fall 2018 72.05%
CPAN Spring 2019 73.47%
CPAN Fall 2019 72.9%


CAPA Fall 2017 72.17%
CAPA Spring 2018 77.14%
CAPA Fall 2018 69.48%
CAPA Spring 2019 71.38%
CAPA Fall 2019 68.35%