Certified Addictions Registered Nurse

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Offered by:

Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB)

Care of C-NET

35 Journal Square, Suite 901

Jersey City,NJ 07306

201.217.9083 (Voice)

201.217.9785 (Fax)



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You must provide evidence that you hold a current, full, and unrestricted license* as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States, its territories or Canada. If licensed in more than one jurisdiction, the candidate must hold full and unrestricted licenses in all jurisdictions where they practice. Non-US or Canadian nurses who meet eligibility criteria are also invited to apply for the CARN examination, but must submit evidence of equivalent licensure as an RN.

*ALTERNATIVE TO DISCIPLINE POLICY: ANCB recognizes the positive impact nurses in recovery bring to the specialty of addiction nursing. Alternative to Treatment Program Involvement:

  1. If a license is surrendered or if the nurse has violated the agreement, the applicant will be found ineligible to sit for the exam.

  2. If the nurse has a license with restrictions and is currently in a monitoring program, a letter from the monitoring program will be required before the applicant may sit for the exam. The monitoring program letter will need to support that the license is active, the applicant is complying with his/her agreement and that the monitoring program supports the applicant sitting for the exam.

Each applicant will be expected to abide by their state nurse practice act and the laws of their state regarding the alternative to discipline programs.


The applicant must complete documentation (enclosed) verifying a minimum of 2000 hours (one year) of nursing experience related to addictions as an RN in a staff, administrative, teaching, private practice, consultation, counseling, or research capacity. These hours are only valid if they have been accrued within three (3) years of your application submission. This information must be detailed on the enclosed application and signed by a direct supervisor as verification.



You need a total of thirty (30) hours of continuing education. These hours are only valid if they are related to addictions nursing, and have been acquired within three (3) years of your application submission. Your contact hour must be detailed on the provided application page. Fifty-one percent of the hours must be specific to addictions nursing, while the remaining hours must be related to addictions nursing, e.g., HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, pain management, etc. To reduce paper, you need not submit contact hour certificates with your application submission. However, contact hour certificates must be made available if requested by the testing agency or certification board.


Handbook - Application - Study Materials:

Exam Fee:

CARN: $300 

Exam Dates & Deadlines:

The CARN exam has year-round Computer-Based Testing (CBT).  Please allow four weeks for processing applications.  At the end of the four-week period,

eligible candidates will receive an email containing a link to schedule an examination date, time, and location. 

Once registered, candidates will have 90 days to schedule and take the exam.


Four (4) years from the date of passing the exam.