CERTIFICATION

Apply for CRN Certification by Portfolio

Certification Process

Elements of the initial certification by portfolio are described in the handbook. Certification by portfolio will be based solely on the submitted application materials. Candidates for certification must meet all eligibility requirements for certification and submit evidence of the required documentation. Briefly, candidates must:

  • Complete the Certification/Recertification Application

  • Complete a minimum number of contact hours of continuing education in clinical research.

  • Choose at least two of five professional activity options to document their expertise and engagement in the role of clinical research nurse.

  • Write an exemplar describing their performance and development as an expert CRN in four key areas: professional growth, professional practice, team focus and interprofessional collaboration, and quality and safety. (Initial application only)

  • Provide a current resume using the template found in Appendix E (Initial application only)

Application Submission and Fees

Initial Certification
Fees
Application Window
Non-Member
$495.00
March 1st - April 1st; September 1st - October 1st
IACRN Member
$345.00
March 1st - April 1st; September 1st - October 1st

*All fees, once paid, are non-refundable and non-transferable

Application Dates and Deadlines

Certification Application Deadline
Certification Beginning Date
Recertification Application Deadline
Certification Expiration
Recertification Beginning Date
10/1/2026
1/2027
9/1/2031
12/31/2031
1/1/2032
4/1/2026
7/2026
9/1/2030
12/31/2030
1/1/2031
10/1/2025
1/2026
9/1/2030
12/31/2030
1/1/2031
4/1/2025
7/2025
9/1/2029
12/31/2029
1/1/2030
10/1/2024
1/2025
9/1/2029
12/31/2029
1/1/2030
4/1/2024
7/2024
9/1/2028
12/31/2028
1/1/2029
10/2023
1/2024
9/1/2028
12/31/2028
1/1/2029
4/1/2023
7/2023
9/1/2027
12/31/2027
1/1/2028
10/1/2022
1/2023
9/1/2027
12/31/2027
1/1/2028
4/1/2022
7/2022
9/1/2026
12/31/2026
1/1/2027
10/1/2021
1/2022
9/1/2026
12/31/2026
1/1/2027
4/1/2021
7/2021
9/1/2025
12/31/2025
1/1/2026

Certification Designation

Use of the designation Clinical Research Nurse – Board Certified™ (CRN-BC™) is restricted to Registered Nurses (RNs) holding current certification by the CRNCC. Unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license or country specific nursing registration as an RN must be maintained throughout the certification period. Any CRN-BC™ whose certification has expired or been revoked for any reason may no longer use the letters CRN-BC™ to denote certification.me. It's easy.