Retirement Program

CPAN® / CAPA® Certification Retirement Status

About the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification

ABPANC offers a Retirement program for nurses who have previously held the CAPA and/or CPAN credentials and are currently retired from perianesthesia nursing. This allows CPAN and CAPA nurses who have retired from perianesthesia nursing to remain engaged with ABPANC.


  • Retired CPAN®
  • Retired CAPA®
  • Retired CPAN®/Retired CAPA®


Individuals who meet the eligibility requirements, complete the Retired Status Application, and have paid the $100.00 fee will receive the following:

  • a congratulatory email
  • a downloadable certificate indicating Retired CPAN and/or CAPA status
  • a Retired CPAN and/or Retired CAPA ribbon
  • invitation to attend the CPAN/CAPA Celebration Luncheon at the annual ASPAN National Conference
  • recognition of all retired nurses from the podium during the Celebration Luncheon


Applicants must complete the application for Retired Status in Learning Builder, including an honor statement attesting that they have retired from perianesthesia nursing and do not intend to return, and that they do not meet the eligibility requirements to recertify their credential(s).

To access the application:

  1. Log into your Learning Builder account.
  2. Scroll down to Practitioner Role and open up the selections with the +.
  3. Select Retirement Status Application.
  4. Complete the application. When prompted: indicate your retirement position and date, accept the attestation statement; pay the $100 fee online; click submit.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email regarding the status of your application.

Applicants are required to pay a one-time fee of $100.00 at the time of application. This fee covers the retirement of one or both credentials.


  • Applicants for Retired Status will attest on the application that they have retired from perianesthesia nursing and do not intend to return, and that they do not meet the eligibility
    requirements to recertify their credential(s).
  • For those dually certified, application for Retired Status may be submitted after BOTH credentials meet the eligibility requirements for Retired Status. This program would be retroactive to those who have already retired.
  • The applicant’s nursing license must be unrestricted at the time of retirement. Applicants who have had their CPAN and/or CAPA credential revoked are not eligible for retirement status.
  • Applications for Retired status cannot be filed within 60 days of the expiration of the credential status.


  1. Per diem employment in a perianesthesia setting is acceptable but the use of the designation, Retired CPAN and/or Retired CAPA, is not permitted in this situation.
  2. An individual who has been granted Retired Status may not represent themselves as a current (Active) CPAN/CAPA.
  3. The retired nurse may use “Retired CPAN and/or Retired CAPA” on a resume or below their name and credential on a business card, but the credential may NOT be used after signature (e.g. patient chart, name badge) or on a legal document.
  4. The Retired CPAN and/or Retired CAPA designation may not be used to satisfy licensing requirements for advanced practice nurses.
  5. If a Retired CPAN and/or Retired CAPA intends to re-enter the workforce full-time, they may no longer use the retired designation and can only regain the CPAN and/or CAPA credential by meeting the current eligibility criteria, paying the examination fee, and passing the CPAN and/or CAPA examination.
  6. The individual must notify ABPANC that they are no longer retired from perianesthesia nursing practice.
  7. Applicants who use the retired status designation inappropriately will have the credential permanently revoked and not will not be eligible for retired status in the future.