CGFNS Certification Program®

What is the CGFNS Certification
Program?

The CGFNS Certification Program® is a three part program that consists of:

1.  A credentials evaluation of secondary education, nursing education and licensure

2.  The CGFNS Qualifying Exam®

3.  Demonstration of passing one of the accepted English language proficiency examinations

It is a requirement for licensure by some State Boards of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN® exam.

Who orders this service?

First-level, general nurses educated outside the United States who wish to practice nursing in the United States use this service. A first-level, general nurse (as defined historically by the International Council of Nurses) is also called a registered (RN) or a professional nurse in some countries.

Second-level nurses are not eligible to be licensed as registered nurses in the United States and therefore cannot be approved to take the CGFNS Qualifying Exam®. A second-level nurse may be called an enrolled, vocational or practical nurse or a nurse assistant.

Benefits of the CGFNS Certification Program

At the state level, the Certification Program is a requirement for licensure by specific State Boards of Nursing in order to take the NCLEX-RN® exam.

At the federal level, the CGFNS Qualifying Exam® component satisfies the examination requirement of the VisaScreen®: Visa Credentials Assessment for immigration.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Required Documents for the CGFNS Certification Program generally include the following :

Secondary School Information

Submit a photocopy of your secondary school diploma or external exam certificate for the highest level of secondary education you have received. Secondary school (high school) is a school intermediate between elementary school (primary school) and university, usually offering general, technical, vocational, or college-preparatory courses.  

If this document is not in English, it can be translated by the applicant or someone chosen by the applicant. Translations must contain a Certificate of Accuracy (see below) signed by the person who translated the document.

* This requirement is waived if you completed secondary education more than 10 years ago.

License / Registration / Diploma Information

CGFNS validates:

  • Initial license / registration / diploma as a first-level, general nurse in your country of education
  • A current license / registration / diplomas a first-level, general nurse in any jurisdiction

CGFNS and State Boards of Nursing require license validations to be current (the signature of the validation authority must be dated within the last three years).

Professional Education Information

A complete academic record or transcript from each educational institution attended for the profession being evaluated.

These documents must be in English and must be translated by an official registered translator. CGFNS can translate documents for an additional fee.

PHOTO

To complete your application, you will need to upload a passport-style photograph.

Technical Requirements

Your photograph must be:

JPG FILE TYPE

LESS THAN 5MB

SQUARE

IN FULL-COLOR

Click for Passport Photo Tips and Best Practices (Courtesy of U.S. Department of State)
  • Sized such that the head is between 1″ (25mm) and 1 3/8″ (35mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis:
    • Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
    • Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
    • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
    • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn for your photo.
    • Dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required)
    • Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.

Source: U.S. Department of State

CGFNS QUALIFYING EXAM®

Note: The CGFNS Qualifying Exam® is a prerequisite in some states for licensure. It also satisfies one of the immigration requirements for obtaining an occupational visa to work in the United States.

Choosing your Examination Date

Once approved, an Authorization to Test (ATT) notification letter is sent via email. You will be provided with two test “windows” of five days each. Please choose one day only.

UPCOMING DATES

EXAM DATECUT-OFF DATE
March 11-15, 2019January 31, 2019
July 8-12, 2019May 31, 2019
September 9-13, 2019July 31, 2019
November 11-15, 2019September 30, 2019

Changing your exam date or location

  • If you wish to change your exam date, you must do so at least 72 hours before your original scheduled exam.
  • You may not change to a date outside the two test windows you have been offered.
  • If you do not show up for your scheduled exam you will not be eligible for a refund and your fee cannot be used for a future exam.

ENGLISH REQUIREMENT

CGFNS International confirms required English competency in oral and written, based on passing scores from either:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-Based Test (TOEFL® iBT) or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language, Paper-Based Test (TOEFL® PBT) or
  • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC®) or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

For Additional Information:

FEES

CGFNS Certification Program® Frequently Asked Questions

Certification Program & Qualifying Exam

1. Applying for the Certification Program

The application for the Certification Program is online.

  • If you have never placed a Certification Program order, you will be prompted to order the initial service at full cost. Please follow the steps to order:
  1. Log into your CGFNS Connect account
  2. Choose the option to purchase CGFNS Services
  3. At the service selection screen, choose Certification Program (CP) and select the appropriate application type
  • If a previous Certification Program order expired within the last year, you will be prompted to reorder the service following the same steps as above.
2. Certification Program - Reprocess an expired order

1. After I submit my Certification Program order, how much time do I have to take all required tests?

You have one year to take all required tests once you submit your order for the Certification Program. Your order will expire after 12 months if all requirements for the program have not been met.

2. What is the Certification Program Reprocess of an Expired Order?

All applicants have 12 months to become Authorized to Test (ATT). If you have not been Authorized to Test in 12 months, your Certification Program order will expire. CGFNS offers applicants the opportunity to reprocess an expired Certification Program order.

3. What if my Certification Program order expires?

If your Certification Program order expires, you can process another Certification Program order once the status listed on your account is noted as “EXPIRED.” You cannot apply for a reprocess of your expired order until the order status is officially noted as EXPIRED.

4. What are the benefits of reprocessing my expired order?

Once you reprocess an expired Certification Program order, you automatically have another year to submit all documentation required to become Authorized to Test (ATT).

5. How do I submit another Certification Program order?

You can submit another Certification Program order by following these simple steps:

  • Login to your CGFNS Connect account and choose the option to purchase a CGFNS service.
  • At the service selection menu, choose Certification Program (CP) Reprocess Application.
  • If it is within one year of your order’s expiration date, you will be automatically prompted to order the reprocess service.

6. After I submit a new Certification Program order, how much time do I have to become Authorized to Test?

Once you submit a reprocess Certification Program order, you have one year to submit all necessary documentation to become Authorized to Test.

7. If my Certification Program order expires a second time, can I submit a second Reprocess of an Expired Order?

No. If your Certification Program order expires a second time, a new Certification Program order must be placed at full cost.

3. English language requirements for the Certification Program

To complete the CGFNS Certification Program, applicants must submit scores from one of four accepted English language proficiency examinations:

1. TOEFL® iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-based Test)

A minimum total score of 83 is required. Please reference code number 9988 on your Certification Program application form to ensure your results will be sent electronically to CGFNS

2. TOEFL® PBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language, Paper-based Test)

A minimum total test score of 540 is required on the paper-based version and a minimum total test score of 207 is required on the computer based version. Please reference code number 9988 on your Certification Program application form to ensure your results will be sent electronically to CGFNS

3. TOEIC® (Test of English for International Communication)

A minimum total test score of 725 is required. Please provide your Test Report Form (TRF) number on your Certification Program application form and request IELTS to have your exam scores made electronically available to CGFNS

4. IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

A minimum total test score of 6.5 is required (Academic Module only). Please provide your Test Report Form (TRF) number on your Certification Program application form and request IELTS to have your exam scores made electronically available to CGFNS.

Please pay attention to the following when considering the English language requirements for the Certification Program:

  • Scores must be from an English language exam taken within 2 years of the Certification Program Qualifying Exam®.
  • You are not required to submit English language test scores in advance of taking the Qualifying Exam®. However, if you pass the Qualifying Exam®, you will not receive a Certification Program Certificate until English language proficiency exam scores are received.
  • You have 2 years to submit English language proficiency exam scores after taking the Qualifying Exam®. If you do not meet the English language proficiency requirement within 2 years of taking the Qualifying Exam®, you will be required to take the Qualifying Exam® again in order to receive a Certification Program Certificate.

Exemption from the English Language Proficiency Requirement

To be exempt from having to take an English language proficiency examination, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. English must have been the language of instruction, including the language of the textbooks; AND
  2. Your entry level nursing education was completed in one of the following countries:
    · Australia
    · Barbados
    · Canada (except Quebec, the only schools approved for exemption are: McGill University, Dawson College, Vanier College, John Abbott College, and Heritage College)
    · Ireland · Jamaica
    · New Zealand
    · South Africa
    · Trinidad and Tobago
    · United Kingdom
    · United States

If you meet these criteria, you do not need to take an English language proficiency examination.

4. Qualifying Exam® Schedule

The CGFNS Qualifying Exam® is offered four times a year during five-day “test windows.” Test windows include specific dates, times, and locations for applicants to take the Qualifying Exam®. Traditionally, exam dates are in the months of March, July, September, and November.

Once you successfully complete the credentials review, an email will be sent to you. This email serves as your Authorization to Test (ATT). You will then be provided with two test windows. You may select only one test window with a specific date, time, and location to take the Qualifying Exam®. If you choose more than one test window, your registration will be cancelled and you will receive notification that you are required to make a single test window selection.

5. Scheduling your CGFNS Qualifying Exam®

1. What are the steps to schedule the CGFNS Qualifying Exam®?

After you have been approved to take the CGFNS Qualifying Exam®, you will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) email with a password and a registration link.

2. What are the required steps once I go to the CGFNS website?

Once you have entered your CGFNS ID number and password where requested, please follow these steps:

  • Select your country and/or city to determine if there are any exam centers nearby.
  • After you have located an exam center, you will be shown a calendar listing available test dates at that center.
  • Navigate to the month of the exam in which you are interested. Available test dates will be highlighted in bold. If no test dates are listed, it may be that the exam center has no vacancies or is closed during the period of the test window selected.
  • Select a date and time on the calendar for which you wish to sit for the CGFNS Qualifying Exam® and confirm your selection.

3. May I change my exam date or location once I have made a selection?

Yes. All changes must be done no later than 72 hours before the originally scheduled date and location.

4. The two test windows are not good for me. May I change them?

No. Unfortunately, you may not change the two test windows you are offered.

5. I could not go to the designated location and missed my exam. Can I get a refund?

No. If you do not show up for your scheduled exam, you are not eligible for a refund.

6. Can I reschedule a Qualifying Exam® using a fee I have already paid?

No. A fee paid for one Qualifying Exam® cannot be used for another Qualifying Exam®.

6. Test Centers

The CGFNS Qualifying Exam® is administered in collaboration with Kryterion, which has a global network of testing locations. To find out if there are any testing centers near you, go the Kryterion location database at: https://www.kryteriononline.com/Locate-Test-Center

Please note: Some test centers may not be available during CGFNS Qualifying Exam® test windows.

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