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Your guide to the WOCC(C) CNA Certification Fall Exam & Certification Renewal

Exciting news! The application window for the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) certification exam and renewal by continuous learning is now open! Whether you are preparing for the Fall Exam or considering certification renewal, we've got you covered with all the essential information you need.

Fall Exam - Initial CNA Certification:

For those aiming to write their initial certification exam this Fall, the application period is open from June 5 to September 30. The exam writing window will take place from November 1 to 15, and you can expect to receive your results in December. Don't miss this opportunity to take the next step in your professional journey!

Certification Renewal by Continuous Learning:

If you're due for certification renewal, the application window for renewal by continuous learning is open from January 11, 2023, to December 16, 2023.

Did you know? As an NSWOCC Member, you are eligible for additional Exam Prep Benefits and continuous learning hours to make the renewal process seamless.

Eligible Continuous Learning Activities:

By registering as an NSWOCC Member, you automatically gain access to 4 continuous learning hours per year, adding up to a total of 20 hours during the five-year period between certification writing and renewal.

Participating in NSWOCC activities can also earn you CL hours:

  • NSWOCC Members Journal Club: Qualifies as CL hours under "Independent Study."

  • NSWOCC WOC Institute Continuing Education Webinars: Qualifies as CL hours under "Webinars."

  • WOC Institute Preceptors are eligible for CL hours.

  • Professional Publications: Authors of articles, textbook chapters, teaching guides, or Best Practice Recommendations Documents are eligible for CL hours.

  • All NSWOCC Board Members and Core Program Leaders can claim 25 hours of CL activities.

If you have any questions or you don’t see an activity you completed, please do not hesitate to contact CNA at

Did you know?

Completing the Advanced Wound Debridement Course counts for 32 hours that you can apply towards your Renewal by Continuous Learning for the WOCC(C) credential through the Canadian Nurses Association!

Track Your Learning:

To keep track of your CL hours effortlessly, use CNA's form, "Continuous Learning for Certification Renewal: Activities and Competencies." Simply log your completed activities and submit them as part of your renewal application at the end of your five-year term.

Continuous Learning (CL) Activities — General Guidelines:

The CNA Certification Program offers flexibility in the type of CL activities you can count toward renewing your certification credential. Here are some key guidelines:

  • CL activities must relate to improving knowledge and skills in your nursing practice specialty.

  • Each CL activity must be completed within the five-year certification term.

  • Count one CL hour for each clock hour.

  • Count any CL activities that are 30 minutes or longer.

  • No pre-authorization is required to count your CL activities.

  • Count the same CL activity only once during the five-year term, unless it’s at a higher level.

NSWOC Prep Course for the CNA Certification Exam:

Prepare confidently for the CNA Certification Exam with our comprehensive NSWOC Prep Course. The course includes a review of core competencies, relevant wound, ostomy, and continence curriculum, sample exam questions, and a dedicated study group for support.

To access the course, log in to and visit the "Members Login" area. Click on "View available downloads" in the left-hand sidebar and select "NSWOCC CNA Certification Prep Course."

Join the Online Study Group:

As an NSWOCC Member, you have the added benefit of joining the NSWOCC CNA Certification Exam study group. For joining this supportive community, please contact before October 20th, 2023.

We are here to support you in your journey toward CNA certification and renewal. Don't miss these valuable opportunities! Reach out to or with any questions or concerns.

At NSWOCC, we are here to support you in your journey toward CNA certification or renewal. Don't miss these valuable opportunities! Please feel free to reach out to or with any questions or concerns.

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