The first PeriAnesthesia Nursing Certification Exam was held on April 5, 2014.  Many PeriAnesthesia nurses from all across Canada were successful and are now certified with the designation PANC(c), which stands for:  PeriAnesthesia Nurse Certified (in Canada).  This designation is valid for five (5) years, upon which time renewal will be required.  For information on options and qualifications for Renewal, please visit the CNA Website:  CNA Certification Renewal.


The Certification exam will be held annually at approximately the same date each year.  Go to:  CNA Certification Examination Registration to register for this exam.


We are pleased to announce that CNA certification examinations will be moving to computer-based testing.  Initial and renewal applications are online

Download your poster here: English 

Download your Brochure here: English

Bursary are available:

Important Dates for 2018              

Initial or renewal by exam

2018 Application window Exam window Results
Spring Jan. 10 - March 1 May 1 - 15 June
Fall June 1 - September 10  Nov 1 - 15 December

Renewal by continuous learning (CL) 

   Application window
Renewal by CL Jan 10- Nov 1
  •  Please note: All certifications set to expire in 2018 are valid until Dec 31


Go to: 

CNA Certification Program or 1-800-361-8404 

Eligibility Criteria:

Initial Certification Policies:


 Stayed tuned to the CNA Certification website ( and upcoming webinars with helpful information about online applications.

Here are a list of Universities that give credit for CNA certification


Facts to know about PeriAnesthesia Nurse Certification Exam:


  • The Canadian Nurses Association develops and administers this exam annually.  Registration is completed through the CNA website:  CNA Certification
  • The CNA administered the first PeriAnesthesia nursing certification examination in 2014, as the twentieth (20th) specialty designated in the 20th year of the Certification program.  
  • The CNA developed this examination in collaboration with the National Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses of Canada (NAPAN©).
  • It is not a requirement of NAPAN© membership to hold the designation PANC(c), but NAPAN© is a strong supporter of this designation as it shows the PeriAnesthesia nurse is committed to ongoing professional development and "cares to be the best", to provide the best care to patients.
  • NAPAN© is committed to its members seeking Certification through the offering of NAPANc Certification Bursaries, Certification Study Guides and study groups.  Many of our Board members are also CNA mentors for those who are studying for the examination.  
  • Request to be a mentor:
  • The NAPAN© Certification Study guide is now available.   


To learn more about the Blueprint, format, competencies and bibliography for the PeriAnesthesia Nursing Certification Examination, go to:  CNA Specialties/Areas of Nursing Practice, and scroll down to PeriAnesthesia Nursing (available also in French). 


To hear about our NEW Study Guide to assist NAPANc members study for the upcoming Certification Examination, go to:  Certification Study Guide.


To learn more about the History of the PeriAnesthesia Nursing Examination, go to:  Certification History.  


And don't hesitate to contact us here at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance with ideas for studying. 


Thank you,

NAPAN© Executive and Board of Directors 



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