Forensic Nurses

"The certification I received from IAFN ensures that I provide the specialized care that patients need and deserve."

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, British Columbia, Canada

Certification Renewal Information    

Certification is for three years and expires on December 31, regardless of the month in which you attained your initial certification. The Association sends renewal notices to certified nurses six (6) months prior to their renewal application deadline date. Please ensure that the home office has your current mailing and email address. Contact or 410-626-7805 to update your contact information.

Renewal Options

To renew your SANE-A and/or SANE-P certification, you have two options:  

  1. Take the certification examination.  See more about upcoming test dates>> OR
  2. Obtain continuing education credits. 

Taking the Examination

To renew by examination, the candidate must achieve a passing score on the certification examination prior to December 31 of the year in which his or her certification expires. To exercise this option, the candidate must notify the Association's home office of  his or her intent to renew by examination, download the current SANE Certification Examination Handbook, and follow the instructions to apply for the examination. For more information, see the Certification Examination Information page. 

Continuing Education (CE)

After attaining initial certification, certificants may opt to renew their certification by accruing continuing education contact hours. To renew using the CE option, the candidate must download the current SANE Certification Renewal Handbook and follow the instructions, meet the certification renewal eligibility requirements, and submit the renewal application, including the CE Verification Log, by September 15 in the year in which his or her certification expires. The 2014 SANE Certification Renewal Handbook is forthcoming, and includes all the information you need, including a fillable PDF application.

  • Contact hours for certification renewal must be obtained during the three (3) -year certification period.
  • Contact hours received prior to taking the examination or after submitting the renewal application are not accepted.
  • All continuing education activities included on the CE Verification Log must be completed (i.e., session attended, evaluation completed, and certificate/documentation received) by September 30 before submitting the certification renewal application. 

Renewal by CE Dates/Deadlines 

April 2014 -- application window opens; date to be announced

September 15, 2014 -- application window closes

September 30, 2014 -- deadline for late applications if accompanied by an additional $75 late filing fee

After September 30, 2014 -- filing window is closed

No exceptions for lost or misdirected materials, incorrect fees, or late applications

Renewal by CE Methods

  • Electronically--preferred; no processing fee 

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  • Via Paper--processing fee is $20

Fax or Mail (complete and send the fillable PDF application)

Renewal by CE Fees

$200 IAFN members / $325 nonmembers -- early filing discount if apply by June 30, 2014

$225 IAFN Members / $350 nonmembers -- filing fee if apply July 1 -- Sept 15, 2014

$300 IAFN Members / $425 nonmembers -- late filing fee of $75 included if apply Sept 16 --  Sept 30, 2014

More 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.


Check out our frequently asked questions. If you still have questions, contact the Association's home office at 410-626-7805 or email your questions

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