Re-certification Eligibility

 

Eligibility Requirements/Renewal (Every 3 Years):

Option 1 (renewal by practice hours and professional development):

  • Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally-recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a current heart failure nursing certification.
  • Have a minimum of 600 hours of clinical practice (equates to approximately 10% time or 1 day every 2 weeks) working in a field of nursing caring for heart failure patients within the last three years.
  • Have completed 40 hours of accredited* continuing education within the last three (3) years in topics focused on care of patients with heart failure within the last three years. Must be completed at the time the exam application is submitted. If "heart failure" is not in the title or education was NOT provided by AAHFN or HFSA, you must submit a syllabus and/or objectives to confirm content is heart failure specific. The heart failure specific education cannot be themes related to heart failure (for example, atrial fibrillation, sleep apnea, chronic renal failure, hypertension or coronary artery disease). Heart failure specific topics include ventricular assist devices and cardiac transplantation. Pulmonary hypertension requires additional documentation unless it is clearly heart failure specific.

*accredited CEs -  i.e. ANCC, State Nursing Board - not all hospital CEs are accredited - check  with your institution.

  • Have completed either A or B criteria in the past three (3) years:
    • A. Published one (1) cardiovascular manuscript in a peer-reviewed journal as first author

      Or
    • B. completed two (2) of the following or one (1) of the following two (2) times:
      • Published one (1) clinical or professional article (editorial, leader message or interview with quotes within an article not included) in a cardiovascular newsletter (from a professional society or work site)
      • Provided a formal lecture on a cardiovascular topic at work site (e.g. in-service or grand rounds) or at a local, regional, or national conference (generally, this should be 1 hour long)
      • Developed a program, service, or tool that is used in the management of patients with heart failure
      • After submitting an abstract and having it accepted by a peer-review process, presented a poster on a heart failure care topic at a local, regional, or national conference (may be research outcomes, best practices, or quality improvement).
      • Earned 3 academic (college) credits in topics related to professional nursing
      • Served in a leadership role with a professional society (committee, task force, board service,professional society such as AAHFN, ACC, AHA. Cannot be hospital based leadership role or a local community group - must be a professional organization that is incorporated/legally recognized.) Must be a national forum.
      • Actively participated in a quality improvement project related to heart failure care
      • Co-author of a published cardiovascular manuscript (not first author)
      • 10 hours of accredited* continuing education in topics focused on care of patients with heart failure within the last three years (note, this is in addition to the 40 hour minimum requirement)

Or:

Option 2 (renewal by retaking the certification exam)


  • Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally-recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Have a minimum of 600 hours of clinical practice (equates to approximately 10% time or 1 day every 2 weeks) working in a field of nursing caring for heart failure patients within the last three years.
  • Have completed 30 hrs of accredited* continuing education within the last three years, of which a minimum of 15 hours must be related to heart failure care. Must be completed at the time application for the exam is submitted.
  • Hold a current heart failure nursing certification.
  • Pass the certification exam.

*accredited CEs -  i.e. ANCC, State Nursing Board - not all hospital CEs are accredited - check  with your institution.

Completing the Online Application

  • Download the CHFN Tracker found on the Recertification tab dropdown menu
  • Use this form to enter all CEs and Option 1 or 2
  • Upload form within the online application
  • Do NOT submit certificates or other documentation, unless requested
  • Upon completion of application and math problem, click next
  • At the top of this page you must click both square boxes, when those boxes are clicked pricing will appear, you must click both round boxes for the complete total.

  • Complete with payment information

  • Your application will be reviewed. If there are questions, you will be contacted.

  • Upon approval, you will be sent an email saying that you have satisfied recertification requirements.

 

Recertification Fees:

Recertification AAHFN member Non AAHFN member
Pen & Paper at Annual Meeting (Option 2) $200.00 $300.00
Professional Development (Option 1) $200.00 $300.00
Computer Based Testing (Option 2) $275.00 $375.00

This includes a non-refundable application fee of $75.00.

Membership in AAHFN must be current through the recertification date to be eligible for the reduced fee.

Returned Check Fee $20.00.

Any applicant whose personal check is returned unpaid is required to pay this fee. Remittance of fees thereafter must be by certified check or money order.


Failure to meet Requirements

Should a candidate fail to meet the minimum requirements for recertification by practice hours and professional development, the written examination must be taken. A passing score must be attained to be recertified. If the candidate does not attain a passing score, the certification process must start anew with fee schedules as stated in the certification policy.
Candidates not accomplishing recertification at the end of the three-year certification period will have the certification dropped from all AAHFN records and will no longer be entitled to use the CHFN certification mark or consider themselves currently certified in HF.


Submission of Professional Development for Recertification

Electronic certification renewal notices will be sent to all applicants six months and 90 days prior to the expiration date. This is a courtesy, the CHFN or CHFN-K is responsible for knowing their renewal date.

  • For the application deadline if selecting Option 2, refer to the initial Certification examination timeline. Processing of applications received after the deadline for the test examination cannot be guaranteed.
    • CHFNs that took the Pen and Paper exam and are renewing through Option 2, can renew via Computer Based Testing in March or Pen and Paper exam the year of expiration. Same deadlines apply accordingly to all exam applicants.
    • The application deadline for those selecting Option 1 of continuing education is 45 days before the expiration date of the current valid certificate.
    • Late applications will be processed in order of receipt; however, issuance of the notice of recertification may be delayed beyond the expiration date of the currently valid certificate.
    • It is the applicant’s professional responsibility to maintain certification by monitoring dates and submitting the application for recertification by the stipulated deadlines.
    • Renewal applications for Option 1 are due to AAHFN-CB no sooner than 4 months prior to certification expiration
    • Do NOT submit certificates with your application. The CHFN or CHFN-K tracker is preferred. You will be contacted if a certificate is needed.

 


Notice of Recertification

Candidates who submit the continuing education recertification application and meet all of the requirements will receive notification of their recertification within two weeks of the expiration date of their current certification. Applicants for renewal by continuing education who are denied renewal will be sent a letter of notification. The applicant will be informed of the option of the appeals process.
Candidates who sit for the exam will be notified as per Policy No. 408. Candidates who meet all the requirements will receive notification of their recertification within two weeks of the expiration date of their current certification.


Change of Name/Address:

It is the candidate's responsibility to notify the AAHFN-CB office of any changes in their contact information that may include their name, primary residence address, telephone number, and primary e-mail address during the three-year period since certification/recertification. Notifications for changes on other mailing lists of AAHFN will not effect a change in the certification/recertification records.

AAHFN-CB,
1120 Rt 73, Ste 200,
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

888.45.AAHFN / 888-452-2436

856.439.0525

For questions concerning exam educational resources, contact TC Field 888-452-2436 ext.5

For questions concerning ​the exam for certification questions, contact Pam Brown 888-452-2436 ext.1