Inactive Status

Inactive status allows CRNI®s who cannot meet recertification requirements within their original three-year certification period one additional year to meet those requirements. During a period of inactive status the CRNI® credential cannot be used.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current CRNI® certification
  • Current, unrestricted RN license
  • Experience one or more qualifying events during our 3-year certification period

Qualifying Events

  • Birth or adoption of a child
  • Death of a family member
  • Serious illness of self or a family member
  • Active military duty
  • Loss of housing due to natural disaster
  • If you believe you have experienced a life-event not listed here which has affected your ability to recertify, please contact INCC at

Application Information

An inactive application fee of $100 will apply for INS members and $150 for nonmembers.

The deadline for application is December 15 in the final year of your 3-year certification period. Applications received after the deadline may not be guaranteed acceptance and may be subject to additional fees.

Regaining your CRNI® Credential

To regain active CRNI® status, regular recertification requirements must be met and a complete recertification application form with appropriate fee must be submitted before inactive status expires. If the terms of inactive status are not met, certification will lapse and can only be regained through examination. CRNI®s will be granted inactive status only once within a nine-year period.

Inactive status will not affect future recertification expiration dates. For example, an applicant with a CRNI® expiration date of December 31, 2016 is granted inactive status until December 31, 2017. Assuming recertification requirements are met prior to the December 31, 2017 deadline, the CRNI®’s next recertification date will be December 31, 2019.