CNA Gerontology Certification

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As a CNA-certified nurse, you would be…

  • Recognized nationally for your specialty nursing practice excellence

  • Valued by many employers, because your certification would demonstrate you possess specialized knowledge

  • Recognized for your commitment to lifelong learning

  • Regarded as having enhanced professional credibility in your specialty by showing you Care to Be the Best!



Until November 16, 2019, members of the Canadian Gerontological Nurses’ Association (which GNABC members are) can receive a 20% discount on writing a CNA Specialty Certification exam, or renewing their CNA specialty certification. For more information visit: https://cgna.wildapricot.org/event-3234150


Study Groups

Fraser Health study group

Date: Every Tuesday evening (Starting Feb 5 for 8 weeks)

Time: from 1700 to 1900 (or 2000)

Location: Langley Memorial Hospital, Conference Room 5

For more information contact: Danielle.Chatterton@fraserhealth.ca or Marie.Blair@fraserhealth.ca .

Study group is free and all nurses are welcome to join, even if not writing CNA exam. No teleconferencing available but facilitator will consider sharing weekly email summaries with those unable to attend in person. Meeting topics/speakers dependent on the exam writer’s learning needs. Please contact Danielle if you would like to get our weekly posters for topic and speaker information.


Vancouver / Richmond study group - with access available throughout BC via teleconference

Date: Every Thursday evening (Starting March 21 for 6 weeks)

Time: 1600 -1700

Location: Willow 1st Floor Conference Room, Vancouver General Hospital

For more information or to receive materials, please contact: Lillian.Hung@vch.ca

Please see the schedule below for further details.


Canadian Nurses’ Foundation

The Canadian Nurses’ Foundation will reimburse the fees of the certification exam, certification renewal exam or renewal by continuous learning for at least one nurse in each of the 20 specialties/areas of nursing practice


The Canadian Nurses Association recognized Gerontology as a specialty and the first Certification exam was written in 1999. This certified credential is an important indicator to patients, employers, the public and Professional Licensing bodies that the certified nurse is qualified, competent and current in a nursing specialty/area of nursing practice( CNA,2009).

Contact your chapter to see if there is a certification study group in your area, to help prepare for the exam. Working with a group makes it easier to study and challenge questions amongst the group

By achieving certification, you’ll commit to a national standard of professional competence that demonstrates your understanding of your area of nursing practice (CNA,2009).

This certification is valid for 5 years, at which time one must re-certify by writing the exam again OR by meeting the required numbers of hours and type of continuous learning activity.