NBCRNA Announces Removal of the Pass/Fail Requirement from the CPC Assessment
February 14, 2019
The NBCRNA recently conducted both an extensive Beta Research Study on the CPC
Assessment (CPCA) involving the participation of more than 1,500 CRNAs, as well as a national
benchmarking study. After careful consideration of the results and data from those studies, the NBCRNA
Board of Directors made the decision to remove the pass/fail assessment component of the CPC
Program at their January 2019 meeting. The CPC Assessment will still be required every eight years, but
will remain a performance standard exam only—no pass/fail.
CRNAs will not lose certification regardless of CPCA performance, with the successful completion of
focused continuing education in the area(s) where they did not meet the established performance
standard. CRNAs who meet the standard will not need to do anything outside of the current CPC
“We want to emphasize that the CPC Program was designed to both support lifelong learning and evolve
as new information, data and technologies become available. Through the removal of the pass/fail
assessment component, CRNAs can focus on remaining current in their practice and use the CPC
Assessment as a self-evaluation tool to target future continuing education,” said NBCRNA President
Mary Wojnakowski, PhD, CRNA. “The continuing evolution of the CPC Program will, however, require
the cooperation and support from the AANA.”
More information on the CPC Assessment, including testing condition options, will be available soon.
The NBCRNA is committed to supporting lifelong learning, the profession in every practice setting, and
protecting the value, validity and recognition of the CRNA credential.
CPC Assessment Options Added: Can Be Taken at Home or Testing Center
February 14, 2019
The NBCRNA recognizes the CRNA community’s desire for more flexibility and
convenience in their path of continuing certification. The results of the NBCRNA’s recent CPC
Assessment (CPCA) Beta Research Study and a nationwide benchmarking study also support choice and
ease in the assessment process. The NBCRNA therefore announces that when the CPCA rolls out
beginning in 2020, CRNAs will have the option of taking the assessment either remotely in the comfort
of their home or place of their choosing, or at a testing center. Providing two assessment options gives
CRNAs the flexibility to select the setting that works best for them to minimize travel time and time
away from practice, while reducing related costs.
The results of the Beta Research Study also demonstrated no difference in pass rate between groups
based on the availability of resources. Informed by this data, the NBCRNA Board of Directors adopted
the Evaluation and Research Advisory Committee’s recommendation that the CPCA be administered in a
closed book format. This will result in time and cost savings to CRNAs taking the CPCA.
Data and outcomes from the CPCA Beta Research and nationwide benchmarking studies also prompted
the NBCRNA to recently announce the removal of the pass/fail requirement of the CPCA. There is no
longer a pass/fail component in the CPC Program. The CPC Assessment will instead remain a
performance standard assessment with no loss of certification regardless of CPCA performance, with the
successful completion of focused continuing education in any area(s) where the performance standard is
not met. It will be used as a self-evaluation tool for targeting future continuing education.
Additional details about the CPC Assessment will be released over the coming months.
The NBCRNA is committed to supporting lifelong learning, the profession in every practice setting, and protecting the value, validity and recognition of the CRNA credential.
More information about the CPC Program can be found on the NBCRNA website at www.NBCRNA.com/CPC.