Certified Addictions Registered Nurse

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)




Check our new FAQ Page for answers to your questions and click HERE for an updated list of references for the exam!


To be determined eligible to participate in the certification examination, candidates must meet the following requirements:  


1. Hold a current, full, and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States, its possessions or Canada. If licensed in more than one jurisdiction, the candidate must hold full and unrestricted licenses in all jurisdictions. Non-US nurses who meet the eligibility criteria are also invited to apply for the CARN examination, but must submit evidence of equivalent licensure as RN.  


2. Have 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 and


3.  30 hours of continuing education related to addictions nursing within the last three (3) years.


*NOTE: Fee changes effective December 1, 2017

$250– IntNSA Members, $300–Non-IntNSA Members


Beginning November 1, 2016, year-round Computer-Based Testing (CBT) will begin for the CARN exam.  Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing applications.  Exam Permits reflecting a 90-day testing window will be mailed to eligible candidates.  Candidates will have 90 days to schedule and take the exam.




4 years from the date of passing exam.


To download the Candidate Handbook/Application, click   HERE.


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To view the 2016-2017 Exam Statistics, click HERE.

Click HERE for an updated list of references for the exam!

To purchase study material, click HERE.


* Current license as an RN in the United States, its territories, or Canada.
* Minimum of 2 years of plastic surgical nursing experience as an RN.
* Spend at least 50% of practice hours in plastic surgical nursing during 2 of the preceding 5 years.
* Be in compliance with state regulations of the practice of hemodialysis patient-care technicians, if applicable. Applicants must meet the experience requirement (for certification) of the state in which they practice.