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If you are a pediatric emergency nurse who provides urgent and emergent nursing care to pediatric patients and their families, you'll want to learn more about becoming a CPEN®. Currently, more than 4,400 nurses hold the CPEN certification. Earning your CPEN credential demonstrates that you have extensive experience and the knowledge and abilities related to pediatric emergency nursing care beyond basic RN licensure.

To qualify for the exam, you must hold a current, unrestriced Registered Nurse license in the United States or its Territories. A nursing certificate that is equivalent to a Registered Nurse in the United States is also acceptable and having practiced at least 1,000 hours in pediatric emergency nursing practice as an RN in the past 24 months.   

BCEN® recommends 2 years' experience in pediatric emergency nursing care; however, it is not required.

Throughout BCEN's website you will find resources to help you study and understand the exam material. Upon successful completion of the certification exam, the CPEN credential is valid for a period of 4 years. 

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).

Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association