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Why Get Certified?

Certification attests to the attainment of specialized knowledge beyond the basic nursing credential. Certification serves to maintain and to promote quality nursing care by providing a mechanism for nurses to demonstrate their proficiency in a nursing specialty area. It documents that special knowledge has been achieved, elevates the standards of addictions nursing practice, and provides for expanded career opportunities and advancement within the specialty of addictions nursing. Thus, certification benefits the nurse, the profession of nursing, and the public!

Examination Eligibility


  1. Hold a current license as an RN.
  2. Have 30 hours of continuing education credits.
  3. Evidence of 2000 hours with experience relate to addictions nursing within the last 3 years.
  4. Certification is valid for 4 years.


  1. Hold a license as an RN.
  2. Hold a master’s degree or higher in nursing.
  3. Have 45 hours of continuing education.
  4. Verify a minimum of 500 supervised hours in addictions and 1500 hours of nursing experience in addiction as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) within the last 3 years practice in addictions.
  5. Certification is valid for 4 years.

How do I take the Exam?

For examination information, please visit the C-NET website.

ANCB does not endorse any products or services in preparation for the exam. Use of any courses or practice exams does not imply eligibility for certification or successful performance on any certification exam, nor is it a requirement to qualify for individual certification. Candidates should use a variety of resources and consider their own education and experiences in preparation for the exam. Please refer to the suggested references for evidence-based practice on addictions.

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Addictions Nursing Certification Board

Contact Us

Addiction Nursing Certification Board (ANCB)
Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET), Inc.
35 Journal Square, Suite 901
Jersey City, NJ 07306
P: 800-463-0786
F: 201-217-9785

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