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SANE Certification Exam Details


The application window for the April exam closes Feb 7, 2019!  Applications will be accepted with a late fee through Feb 14, 2019.


Before applying to sit for either the SANE-A® or SANE-P® certification examination, please download the Certification Examination Handbook. It includes all the information you need: the eligibility requirements, the fees and deadlines, sources for exam preparation, and a fillable-Word application in the event you are unable to apply online. Also, be sure to review the Certification Checklist.




  • 2 or more years' practice as an RN
  • Completion of a minimum 40-hr SANE course by an accredited provider
  • 300 hours of SANE practice* within the past 3 years (at least 200 with the           intended exam population)
  •  *practice=providing patient care, taking on-call shifts, precepting/teaching, consulting, and engaging in peer review


    For more details, see the Certification Examination Handbook and the Certification Checklist.             


    Download the Handbook




    Early Discount:  

    $275 IAFN members (US/Canada) / $425 Non-members (US/Canada)

    $350 International members / $475 International Non-members 


    Late Filing:

    $425 IAFN members (US/Canada) / $575 Non-members (US/Canada)

    $500 International members / $625 International Non-members 



    $150 for member applicants who retest for the first time within one year / $250 for non-member applicants who retest for the first time within one year



    Test Dates/Location:

    Spring Exam: April 1 - 30, 2019

    January 3, 2019 - Application Window Opens

    February 7, 2019 - Application Window Closes 

    February 14, 2019 - Late Filing Window Closes 


    Fall Exam: September 1 - 30, 2019

    June 3, 2019 - Application Window Opens

    July 8, 2019 - Application Window Closes

    July 15, 2019 - Late Filing Window Closes 


    Testing Locations

    Testing is available in more than 700 cities in more than 70 countries.
    For a list, visit:



    See our frequently asked questions. If you still have questions, feel free to call the Association and speak to Kathleen Maguire at 410-626-7805 or send her an email at




    Commission for Forensic Nursing Certification

    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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