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Certification Renewal Information


If you last certified in 2017, you must recertify in 2020. Renewal applications are now being accepted. 



Certification is valid for 3 years and expires on December 31 of the third year, regardless of the month in which you attained your initial certification.  All renewal materials must be submitted by the deadline date of the year your certification expires.  The Association sends renewal notices via email. Please ensure the email address in your profile is current.


Last year, more than 99% of the renewal applications were . . . APPROVED!  Congratulations, certificants!


Renewal News: 

If you are due to renew, we have good news!  Your CE accrual start date is tailored to YOU! 

The earlier you certified (either by exam or renewal), the more time you have to accrue CE.  Now, your CE start date for renewal will be the earlier of either:

  • November 2 of the year you last certified or
  • the date on your official letter of congratulations from IAFN for certification (by either exam or CE).  

Check the date on your IAFN letter.  Can't find your letter?  Simply:

1.     Go to

2.     Click “Certification” and choose “IAFN Certified Nurses”

3.     Select the appropriate certification and search for your name

4.     Look for the "SANE Certification Start Date" for the certification you are renewing.  Note the date to list on your application--and feel free to use any appropriate CE from that date forward!


How to Renew

Ready to renew?  Review this checklist.

  • Renew by exam  (Exam deadlines apply.  You must achieve a passing score on the certification examination prior to Dec 31 of the year in which your certification expires.)
  • Renew by CE (Regular application window closes Nov 1, 2020.)


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How to Renew by CE 


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Renew by CE Fees


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 Renew by CE 



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If you last certified in 2017, you must recertify in 2020.  Renewal applications opened Feb 3, 2020.




Commission for Forensic Nursing Information

Certification granted by the Commission for Forensic Nursing Certification (CFNC) is pursuant to a voluntary procedure intended solely to test for special knowledge.  The CFNC does not purport to license, to confer a right to privilege upon, nor otherwise to define the qualifications of any person for nursing practice.  The significance of certification in any jurisdiction or institution is the responsibility of the candidate to determine. The candidate should contact the appropriate nursing body or institution to determine practice implications.




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