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Commission for Forensic Nursing Certification

The Commission for Forensic Nursing Certification (CFNC), the successor to the Forensic Nursing Certification Board (FNCB), was established in 2012 as an autonomous body to continue the FNCB's important work in advancing the certification programs of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (Association). The FNCB was established in 2002 to promote the highest standards of forensic nursing practice through the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of all aspects of the certification and certification renewal process.


To achieve optimal patient care, the specialty of forensic nursing should promote the highest standards of forensic nursing practice. The CFNC believes that a common and specialized knowledge base, application of the nursing process, and a high level of expertise in the practice setting are required to practice forensic nursing. The CFNC also believes that these attributes deserve professional recognition.


The Association, through the CFNC, offers the only international certification examination for adult/adolescent and pediatric sexual assault nurse examiners.

The FNCB began offering a certification exam for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners - Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A®) in 2002. The examination is based on a job analysis of SANE practice, the most recent  of which was conducted in 2010. Certification as a SANE-A demonstrates the SANE’s high level of knowledge, expertise, and professional commitment. In addition, the certification validates the status and experience of sexual assault nurses who often testify as expert witnesses in court trials. 

The FNCB completed the development of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners - Pediatric (SANE-P®) with the first examination offered throughout North America in the spring of 2007.  

Those who wish to become certified must be registered nurses (RN) who meet all eligibility requirements to take the certification examination and then achieve a passing score. The exam is offered twice a year, in April and September, at multiple sites around the country and globally. The examinations are the first in the specialty to be offered on an international level.

The certification is valid for 3 years and certification renewal is available by attaining continuing education over a 3-year period or by again achieving a passing score on the certification exam.  


Open Commissioner Positions (2) to Be Filled by December 31, 2014


Employer Commissioner Qualifications:

  • Is an employer of sexual assault nurse examiners (e.g., healthcare employer, advocacy or other nonprofit agency director, attorney general or the equivalent, law enforcement agency representative);
  • Demonstrates professional organizational leadership and advisement; 

  • May be, but is not required to be, a member of the Association; 
  • May be, but is not required to be, SANE-A- and/or SANE-P-certified;
  • May have served on other boards; and
  • Is not required to have knowledge of certification programs.

Public Member Commissioner Qualifications:

  • Is not, and has never been, a nurse or other healthcare professional;

  • Does not work closely with forensic nurses;

  • Is not a member of a profession related to nursing or a profession that provides services that are complementary to forensic nursing;

  • Does not employ forensic nurses and/or is not employed by forensic nurses;

  • Is not a current or past employee of a certification organization or testing company/vendor;

  • Is not deriving more than five (5) percent of his or her total income from the forensic nursing profession (this provision also applies to the five (5) years preceding appointment as a Public Member);

  • Has not worked for or provided contract services to the CFNC or the Association at any time during the five (5) years preceding appointment as a Public Member;
  • Is a professional who represents the community at-large;
  • Demonstrates an awareness of community concerns pertaining to forensic nursing; 
  • Is preferred to have been involved in a professional organization and to have volunteer service experience;
  • May have served as a Public Member for other boards; and
  • Is not required to have knowledge of certification programs. 

Time Commitment:  An average of 10 hours per month in the form of daytime monthly conference calls and emails, and required attendance at the annual conference in October. 


For more information, please access:


CFNC Commissioner Position Descriptions

CFNF Selection and Qualifications

CFNC Composition 


To be considered for the above volunteer CFNC-appointed positions, please access and

complete the application form in its entirety by December 1, 2014.

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