NCBORN accepts recertification by continuing education or by retesting. To recertify by continuing education, you must recertify before your CRNO expires.

Guidelines and Application for Recertification

Recertification by Continuing Education

75 Contact Hours (CH) Obtained during the 5 yrs prior to renewal date

  • A minimum of 60 CH ophthalmology specific (see certification content outline, Topics I through IV in the Handbook for Candidates); all 75 CH may be ophthalmology specific.
  • Up to 15 CH may be in academic courses or on Professional Issues (see certification content outline, Topic V)
  • Up to 5 CH may be from ophthalmology-specific courses taught by the CRNO; maximum of 1 CH per presentation.
  • And more! View the Recertification Guidelines for a full listing of eligible activites for credit.


  • Contact hours for continuing education courses must be provided by:
  • Organizations accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center‘s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA)
  • State Nurses Associations (SNA)
  • A Registered Nurse or a Registered Nurse organization that is accredited as a Provider by a State Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
  • Organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) – ophthalmology-specific topics only


  • Applications to recertify via continuing education must be received by the following dates:
  • July 31 for certifications that expire in August or September. 
    January 31 for certifications that expire in February or March.

Guidelines and Appropriate forms may also be obtained from the Professional Testing Corporation.


  • 10% of applications will be audited, meaning that information, including CH transcripts, must be provided upon request to NCBORN for review.


  • ASORN Member = $350
  • ASORN Nonmember = $450

This information is provided as an overview of the process of recertification by continuing education. Certified candidates may elect to recertify via test or continuing education. To recertify by continuing education, you must recertify before your current CRNO expires. Any lapse in certification status causes a candidate to be ineligible to recertify by continuing education. The Professional Testing Corporation will administer the recertification by continuing education process, as well as the certification/recertification process by testing. Please contact the Professional Testing Corporation if you have questions or concerns: Professional Testing Corporation, 1350 Broadway, Ste. 800, New York, NY 10018, (212) 356-0660.

Ophthalmology specific content is not automatically accepted. Know and understand the accreditation requirements.
Providers must meet the criteria stated in the Accreditation section above.

If you have any questions or concerns about the eligibility of your continuing education courses for CRNO recertification, please call NCBORN well before your certification expiration date.

 "Often patients see CRNO on my badge and ask what it means. With pride and confidence I assure them that it means their eye nurse is educated, devoted, and by maintaining certification I keep current on issues relevant to their care." - ASORN member Juli Young, RN, CRNO

Click here to obtain a PDF copy of the Handbook for Candidates

Are you certified? Order your CRNO pin here