CRNI® Recertification Basics

Your CRNI® credential is valid for three years and always expires on December 31 of the third year. The deadline for recertification by CE applications is December 15. Applications received after the deadline may not be guaranteed acceptance and may be subject to additional fees. Recertification applications may be found below.

While INCC does provide recertification reminders, it is a CRNI®’s professional responsibility to track RUs and to ensure that INCC receives a complete recertification or exam application with appropriate fees by published deadlines. To ensure you receive all reminders, please inform INCC of any changes to your mailing or email address by contacting INCC at

Eligibility Requirements

To recertify your CRNI® credential, you must meet the following requirements: 

  • Hold a current, active, and unrestricted RN license. 
  • Have a minimum of 1,000 hours of experience in infusion therapy, as an RN, within the last three years; direct bedside experience is not required. Nursing experience may be in the areas of nursing education, administration, research, or clinical practice within the infusion specialty.


Recertification Options

Recertification by Exam

To recertify by exam, a CRNI® must successfully take the CRNI® exam during the September administration in the final year of their certification cycle. CRNI®s choosing to recertify by exam forfeit the option to recertify by CE. Find more details, and application forms, below.

Recertification by Continuing Education (CE)

CRNI®s choosing to recertify by continuing education must complete 40 CRNI® Recertification Units (RUs) during the current three-year certification cycle. Additional RUs earned will not roll over to subsequent cycles. Find more details, RU options, and application forms, below.

If You Cannot Recertify

Inactive Status

If you are unable to meet the recertification requirements due to a qualifying life-event, you may apply for inactive status prior to the expiration of your certification. Inactive status may be applied for one year. Find more details, and application forms, below.

CRNI® Retired Status

CRNI-R status is available to CRNI® of six years or more who have retired from nursing and have no plans to returning to active practice. Find more details, and application forms, below.