Recertify

Keep Your Certification Current. Recertify!

Maintaining your BCEN certification is every bit as important as achieving it. Maintaining your specialty certification demonstrates commitment to your patients and career through the lifelong learning required to keep the certification you worked so hard for.

BCEN Philosophy on Recertification

Health care is constantly changing. Staying on top of new information and best practices is more important, and more challenging, than ever. And when it comes to the emergency practice settings, you never know who or what is going to be in your care at any given moment

Maintaining your emergency nursing credentials helps you stay fresh, reenergizes your passion for your profession, and puts you in the best position to bring new approaches to your team, your unit, your patients and your community.

Recertify by CE Attestation

Attest Your CEs

Recertify by Exam

Take the Exam

Recertification Fast Facts

Recertification is required every four (4) years, and, while you are responsible for keeping track of your certification expiration date, BCEN® will communicate with you at just the right times during your four year cycle to help keep you on track. Be sure to keep your contact information in your BCEN account current so you don’t miss any messages from us!

To recertify, you may choose from two different recertification options:

  • Recertification by CE Attestation
  • Recertification by Exam

BCEN has made it easier and quicker to recertify your certification by CEs. We now offer Recertification by CE Attestation.

  • You no longer have to log your CEs!
  • Answer a few application questions.
  • Submit the Recertification by CE Attestation application online!
  • Just remember to keep a summary log of your courses and original documentation in case of an audit.

Option 1: Recertification by CE Attestation

Application Process

To locate your online CE Recertification by Attestation application, follow the steps below.

  • Log into your BCEN Account.
  • Once you are logged in, click on Application(s) located in the sidebar to the left.
  • Locate the CE Recertification by Attestation application and click on it to open.
  • Complete and submit the application and payment in full anytime before your current expiration date.
  • Do not send copies of your certificates, unless you are notified for an audit.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must hold a current BCEN certification.
  • A current, unrestricted Registered Nurse license, or a nursing certificate that is equivalent to a Registered Nurse in the United States or its Territories.
  • You must have completed 100 contact hours of nursing continuing education within your current 4-year recertification period.

Understanding CE’s Required for Recertification:

  • CEs should have a clear and direct application to the practice of emergency, pediatric emergency, flight/transport, or trauma nursing.
  • 100 completed contact hours earned within your 4-year recertification period must be submitted:
    • 75 of the 100 contact hours must be of CLINICAL content in your specialty area or practice, and up to 25 may be of Non-clinical content. It is acceptable to have more than 75 contact hours of clinical content.
    • 50 of the 100 contact hours must be from accredited sources.
  • CEs earned through national accrediting agencies are accepted for your recertification. These include, but are not limited to, American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), and State Nurses Associations/State Boards of Nursing (SNA/SBN).
  • Please Note: When you complete the CE attestation form for recertification, all 100 CEs must have been obtained on or before the attestation date. Should you be selected for an audit, BCEN cannot accept CE’s obtained past the date of attestation.

CE Certificate

Each time you take a course or in-service, you should receive a certificate with the number of contact hours given for the lecture or presentation. Keep these certificates, as you will be required to send in copies if contacted by BCEN for an audit. Courses submitted without a certificate showing the number of CEs awarded are not acceptable.

Audit Information

BCEN’s policy is to randomly audit 10% of Recertification by CE Attestation applications each year. View BCEN’s policy on auditing of Recertification by CE Attestation applications.

If randomly selected for an audit, you will be notified by mail and e-mailed within 1 week of your application and payment submission with audit instructions.

Option 2: Recertification by Exam

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must hold a current certification.
  • You must have a current, unrestricted Registered Nurse license or nursing certificate that is equivalent to a Registered Nurse in the United States or its Territories.

Application Process

To complete your online Recertification by Exam application, follow the steps below.

  • Log into your BCEN Account.
  • Once you are logged in, click on Application(s) located in the sidebar to the left.
  • Locate the Recertification by Exam application and click on it to open.
  • Once your application along with payment in full is received and processed by BCEN, an exam eligibility e-mail is immediately sent that contains your 90-day testing window and instructions on how to schedule your exam.
  • You may schedule your exam as soon as you receive the exam eligibility e-mail with BCEN’s test delivery provider, Pearson VUE.

Please note: you must schedule and sit for the exam within the assigned 90-day testing window identified in the exam eligibility e-mail.

We strongly recommend that you decide the date you want to sit for the exam and promptly schedule that date with Pearson VUE.

Test Accommodations (ADA Compliant)

If test accommodations are needed, please complete a Request for Test Accommodations Form and return it to BCEN.

For more information please contact a BCEN Candidate Experience Specialist at +1-877-302-BCEN (2236), or by email to bcen@bcen.org.

Fees

Recertification fees are provided below. We offer discounted fees for ENA, ASTNA and STN Members.

Member Discounted Fees with Partner Organizations (per)

CredentialRecertification by CEs or Exam FeesPartnering Organization
CEN®$210ENA
CPEN®$210ENA
CFRN®$210ASTNA
CTRN®$210ASTNA
TCRN®$210STN

Fees for Non-Members (per)

CredentialRecertification by CEs or Exam
CEN®$350
CPEN®$350
CFRN®$350
CTRN®$350
TCRN®$350

All Recertification fees are non-refundable.

  • Membership Discounts

    ENA Membership

    ENA members can receive discounted pricing for the initial CEN and CPEN exam and CEN and CPEN recertification.

    For more information on becoming an ENA Member, please visit ENA’s website, or contact a representative at 800-900-9659.

    ASTNA Membership

    ASTNA members can receive discounted pricing for the initial CFRN and CTRN exams, and for CFRN and CTRN recertification. You can access and submit the ASTNA Membership Application form online via your BCEN Account.

    For more information on ASTNA Membership, please visit ASTNA’s website, or contact a representative at 303-344-0457.

    STN Membership

    BCEN offers Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) members discounted pricing for the initial TCRN exam and for TCRN recertification.

    For more information on becoming a STN Member, please visit STN’s website, or contact a representative at 859-977-7456.

    Military Benefits

    CEN, CFRN and CTRN certifications have been approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as an educational benefit for military personnel. The certification benefit allows reimbursement for you, if you’re eligible, for your certification fee.

    For more information on the certification benefits, or on applying for benefits, visit the VA website where you’ll find a link to the certification page with more information.

  • Understanding CEs

    BCEN® developed the Continuing Education recertification program to emphasize the importance of life long learning to maintain knowledge and expertise.

    BCEN no longer requires candidates to log their CEs, but to attest they meet the CE guidelines. It is important to keep a summary log of courses and original documentation in case of an audit. This information will be required to complete the audit.

    This page contains more information about continuing education (CEs) to assist candidates with a better understanding of the CE guidelines.

    Measurement of Continuing Education Hours

    Different terminology is used for continuing education credit. BCEN uses the measurement of contact hours in which one contact hour equals 60 minutes of instructional content.

    Following are some guidelines to assist in determining contact hours:

    • 1 contact hour equals
      • 1 Continuing Education Contact Hour (CECH)
      • 1 Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP)
      • 1 Continuing Education Accredited Recognition Program (CEARP), or
      • 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME)
    • 1 CEU or continuing education unit equals 10 contact hours

     

    CE Guidelines

    • CEs should have a clear and direct application to the practice of emergency, pediatric emergency, flight/transport, or trauma nursing.
    • 100 completed contact hours earned within your 4-year recertification period;
      • 75 of the 100 contact hours must be of Clinical content specific to your specialty area of practice and up to 25 may be of Non-clinical content. It is acceptable to have more than 75 of the contact hours of clinical content.
      • 50 of the 100 contact hours must come from an accredited source.
    • For continuing education to be eligible to use for recertification, it must have occurred during the four-year period of certification. For example, if your certification expired March 31, 2010, your four-year period of certification was from April 1, 2006 until March 31, 2010. Therefore, you could use contact hours that you accrued since April 1 of 2006.
    • All national accrediting agencies are accepted for your renewal. These include, but are not limited to, American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and State Nurses Associations/State Boards of Nursing (SNA/SBN).
    • Candidates who successfully meet all program requirements will have their certification credential renewed for the following four years. Candidates who do not meet the program requirements must register and pass the appropriate certification exam to renew or reinstate their credential.
    • All CE content must be at the nursing practice level. Candidates may not submit EMT or paramedic level courses towards their 100 hours of CE requirements.

    Clinical Content

    Clinical content includes any educational offerings that primarily contain information applicable to direct practice in the clinical area. The program content must be primarily focused on knowledge the nurse can apply in providing direct care to an individual patient or community.

    Examples include topics such as: “Care of the Patient with a Temporary Pacemaker,” Flight Physiology,” Teaching Diabetic Patients,” “Management of the Trauma Patient,” or “Toxicology.”

    Acceptable accredited college courses include educational offerings that have a clinical focus. Examples: Nursing 410: “Care of the Adult Patient,” Nursing 601: “Trauma Nursing,” or “Pathophysiology.”

    Non-clinical Content

    Non-clinical content includes any educational offerings related to the professional practice of nursing and the emergency (CEN®), pediatric emergency (CPEN®), flight/transport (CFRN®/CTRN®), or trauma (TCRN®) care system.

    Examples include topics such as “Developing a Quality Improvement System,” “Legal Aspects of Emergency or Flight Care,” or “Public Relations in Healthcare.”

    Accredited college courses that focus on the nonclinical aspects of nursing may be used. Examples would include: “Medical Ethics,” and “Leadership and Management.”

    BCEN recognizes there are accredited CE programs, which consist of multiple lectures, such as national/regional symposiums, or review courses.

Types of CEs

CE Type & DescriptionAccreditedNon-Accredited
Provider Courses such as ENPC, TNCC, PALS, PEPP, or ACLS One initial and one renewal course for each provider may only be counted once during your current recertification period. 60 minutes = 1 contact hour. You must provide a certificate of completion for each course that shows the number of CE hours received. X
Presentations or Lectures The same presentation or lecture may only be counted once during your current recertification period. Does not count if part of an educator or faculty expected job performance. 60 minutes = 1 contact hour X If accredited CE was provided.X
Academic Credit Must have earned a “C” or higher and content must apply to emergency (CEN), pediatric emergency (CPEN), flight/transport (CFRN/CTRN), or trauma (TCRN) nursing from an accredited institution. 1 Semester = 15 Contact Hours 1 Trimester = 12 Contact Hours 1 Quarter = 10 Contact Hours X
Preceptorship A maximum of 1 semester (15 contact hours) will be accepted during your current recertification period. 1 Semester = 15 Contact Hours 1 Trimester = 12 Contact Hours 1 Quarter = 10 Contact Hours In order to count preceptorship hours toward your renewal, the nurse(s) you precepted must have earned college credits for being precepted. X
Authoring Publication must be peer-reviewed and content must be specific to emergency (CEN), pediatric emergency (CPEN), flight/transport (CFRN/CTRN), or trauma (TCRN) nursing. If co-authored, credit must be distributed evenly among authors. Article = 5 Contact Hours Chapter/module = 10 Contact Hours Textbook = 50 Contact Hours X
Poster Presentation 5 Contact Hours per poster developed. Each poster may only be counted once during your recertification period. X If accredited CE was provided.X
Item Writing 0.5 = 1 accepted exam item. A maximum of 5 Contact Hours may be counted per year. X

Accrediting Bodies

Please note that BCEN is not an accrediting body. If you have questions related to the number of contact hours approved for a particular educational course or seminar or to have a course approved, contact an accrediting organization.