To register for the CHFN or CHFN-K exam or to learn more about the certifications click here. Be sure to take advantage of our 1/2 day on site review course on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ. Sign up for the review course when you register to attend the Annual Meeting. 


Certification provides an additional benefit beyond licensure by demonstrating through examination that the Registered Nurse has acquired a core body of specialized knowledge and warrants adherence to specialized nursing standards. It benefits consumers and confers peer and public recognition upon those individuals who meet prescribed knowledge and experience requirements.

Certification granted by the AAHFN-Certification Board of Directors (CB) is pursuant to a voluntary procedure intended solely to test for special knowledge. The AAHFN-CB does not purport to license, to confer a right or privilege upon, or 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 state board of nursing or institution in order to determine practice implications.


The purpose of Heart Failure Nursing Certification is to promote the highest standards of practice within the specialty, to validate attainment of a common knowledge base required for practice, and to encourage and promote continued educational growth.


Certification is awarded to those who have successfully completed the certification process, i.e., those who meet the eligibility criteria and pass a multiple choice written examination. The designated certification is Certified Heart Failure Nurse (CHFN) for clinical registered nurses and the CHFN-K for non-clinical registered nurses.


The AAHFN-CB offers the exam in two formats, Computer Based Testing Pen & Paper Testing. Pen and Paper Testing is offered at the AAHFN Annual Meeting, the 2nd quarter of each year. The deadline is definite, no late submissions. This years Annual Meeting is being held in Scottsdale, AZ June 23 - 25, 2016.  

Computer Based Testing (CBT) is offered at testing centers three (3) quarters of each year 1st, 3rd, and 4th quarter. To locate the testing center near you go to Go to Community and Resources tab, on dropdown menu, click on "Test Centers",  click on the link on that page, You will then be directed to a page where you can enter your zipcode or click on your state to see location of testing centers in your state.

Application Window Testing Window
December 1 - January 31 March 1 - 31
(Computer Based Testing)
February 1 - May 10 June 22, 2016
Scottsdale, AZ
(pen and paper exam at Annual Meeting)
June 1 - July 31 September 1 - 30 
(Computer Based Testing)
September 1 - October 31 December 1 - 31
(Computer Based Testing)


Eligibility Criteria -
Clinical Nurses
Non Clinical Nurses
Registered nurse background Current, active RN license for at least 2 years or it’s equivalent (4160 hours) Current, active RN license for at least 5 years or its equivalent(10,400 hours)
Clinical practice in the care of patients with heart failure 1,200 hours within the last 2 years (equates to 29% of time in clinical practice within the previous 2 years) Not applicable
Education Registered nurse Registered nurse with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing [BSN] or equivalent bachelors degree + 2400 hours experience in current role
Masters + 2080 hours experience in current role
Evidence of indirect work in heart failure Not applicable Evidence of how nurses are indirectly involved in patients with HF or how nurses complete action(s) in their role that are related to HF
Total continuing education hours / Heart failure continuing education 30 hours of continuing education within the last two (2) years, of which a minimum of 15 hours must be focused on care of patients with heart failure. 30 hours of heart failure continuing education within the last two (2) years.


 A candidate who does not pass the examination is able to re-take the exam in two months, but must re-take the exam within six (6) months of original test date to receive the examination at a reduced fee. The fee is $125 for AAHFN members and $200 for non members. This includes a non refundable application fee of $50.00. A candidate who does not pass the second examination is considered failed. Any repeat examination will require completion of a new application and payment of the full examination fee.