National Certification participants

The Kaiser Permanente Scholars Academy offers pathways to professional certification for all eligible nurses.

Why is certification important?


  • Validates the highest level of professional competency
  • Demonstrates clinical excellence to all entrusted to our care
  • Inspires peers and others to achieve their personal best through certification
  • Expresses an ethical-moral commitment to lifelong learning
  • Offers a sense of professional pride and achievement
  • Supports professionalism and career mobility
  • Enhances safe and highly reliable care
  • Advances personal growth through membership and engagement in professional organizations

Limited availability: Act Now!

Kaiser Permanente Scholars Academy is offering 1600+ pre-paid certification vouchers to eligible RNs.

Please note that support is limited to 1 pre-paid certification exam voucher per person and vouchers must be redeemed within 30 days.

Download our Program Brochure


    • All Northern California Kaiser Permanente nurses (full-time, part-time and per diem).
    • You must meet the eligibility requirements of the specialty certification that you are requesting.
      • Please contact the certifying bodies directly for questions about your eligibility to sit for a certification exam.
    • You are applying for initial certification through AACN, ANCC, and CCI. For recertification, please see the Additional Financial Resources section.

How to Apply:

Step 1: Choose a certification

Step 2: Verify eligibility

  • Pre-paid certification vouchers are only available for the certification options listed in the table below.
  • Vouchers are not transferable and can't be switched to a different type once redeemed.
  • If you don't see the certification type that you are interested in, please utilize one of the resources listed in the Additional Financial Resources section.
  • Please note, BCEN vouchers are no longer available through this program.
Click the link below to find out more
(You must currently work in the Operating Room to apply)
Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR) The Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI)

Step 3: Your Certification Begins Here!

Please review our FAQ before submitting your request.

Use your KP Single Sign-On credentials if prompted.

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Additional Financial Resources

Reimbursement per the collective bargaining agreement between Kaiser Permanente and the California Nurses Association

Represented nurses in Northern California are eligible to have approved national certifications (and recertifications) reimbursed. Nurses are able to submit eligible exam expenses related to certification for reimbursement per the collective bargaining agreement between Kaiser Permanente and the California Nurses Association

Learn more about Reimbursement for National Certification Toolkit

Reimbursement through Tuition Reimbursement

In addition, nurses may use their National Tuition Reimbursement benefit to take certification preparation courses that provide continuing education units. This includes up to $500 in travel related to attending the preparation course.

The Northern California National Tuition Reimbursement Policy was updated in 2019 to cover eligible professional certification and re-certification fees for national certifications not required by your position.

This benefit enables all Northern California employees to seek professional certification and request reimbursement upon successful passing of a national certification exam.

Please contact National Tuition Reimbursement directly for any questions related to eligibility and reimbursement.

Learn more about National Tuition Reimbursement

Certification Review Courses

For a limited time, Kaiser Northern California will offer review courses to help nurses prepare for their certification exam. All review courses will be held virtually until further notice. Space is limited, please contact us for more information about the review course listed.

Prep CourseExam FocusDate/TimeTypeRegistration Information
ANCC Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification (RN-BC) examMedical-Surgical NursingOn-DemandInteractive OnlineLink to Register

KP HealthStream Certification Review Courses

KP Registered nurses in pursuit of advancing their clinical knowledge also have access to certification review courses in KP HealthStream, at no cost.

  • 32+ courses cover a wide variety of popular national certifications, including CCRN, CNOR, RN-NIC, and many more
  • Access to these courses is available 24/7 so that nurses can study at a time most convenient to their busy schedules

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