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Recertification by Continuing Education

Fees I Application Process I Eligibility I CE Requirements I Understanding CEs I FAQs I Audit Information

Recertification by Continuing Education (CE) is available for the CEN® certification. CEs can be described as educational experiences beyond initial licensure, based on recognized teaching and learning principles.

Recertification by CE Fees

  • $210.00 for ENA Members (Please contact ENA to become a member).
  • $350.00 for Non-Members
  • Recertification fees are non-refundable. 

Application Process

To locate your online CEN Recertification by Continuing Education application, follow the steps below. Please note: Paper applications are no longer accepted and will be returned.

  • Log into your BCEN Account. 
  • Once you are logged in, click on Application(s) located in the sidebar to the left
  • Locate the CEN Recertification by Continuing Education application and click on it to open. 
  • You can log your CEs as you earn them and save for later.
  • Once you have entered the required 100 contact hours, you may submit your online application and payment in full anytime before your current expiration date.  
  • Do not send copies of your certificates, unless you are notified for an audit.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must hold a current CEN certification.
  • A current, unrestricted Registered Nurse license, or a nursing certificate that is equivalent to a Registered Nurse in the United States or its Territories.
  • Any restrictions must be reported to the BCEN office.
  • You must also have completed 100 contact hours of nursing continuing education.

CE Requirements 
  • CE should have a clear and direct application to the practice of emergency nursing, flight/transport, or trauma care nursing.
  • A minimum of 100 contact hours must be submitted:
    • 75 of the 100 contact hours must be in the CLINICAL category, and up to 25 may be in the OTHER category.
    • 50 of the 100 contact hours must be from accredited sources.
    • Note: It is acceptable to have more than 75 of the contact hours in the CLINICAL category. One contact hour is equivalent to 60 minutes of instruction. 
  • Contact Hours must be earned within your current 4-year recertification period. 
  • CEs earned through national accrediting agencies are accepted for your recertification. These include, but are not limited to, American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), and State Nurses Associations/State Boards of Nursing (SNA/SBN).
  • For more information on understanding CEs, click here

CE Certificate 

Each time you take a course or in-service, you should receive a certificate with the number of contact hours given for the lecture or presentation. Keep these certificates or cards, as they will be handy when you start logging your CEs.  

Audit Information 

BCEN's policy is to randomly audit 10% of recertification by CE applications each year. View BCEN's policy on Auditing Recertification by CE Application.

You will be notified by e-mail and mail within 1 week of your application and payment submission with audit instructions.  

Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification

BCEN's Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®), Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®) and Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN®) credential have been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC).

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