Applying for Credentialing
You have taken the first step towards gaining personal recognition in your specialty area of nursing as a Specialist Credentialed Nurse.
Please note, you do not have to be a member of the specialty organisation to apply for credentialing, but you do need to be eligible to apply to one of the following and be working in the specialty:
• Australian College of Children and Young People's Nurses
• Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
The Professional Credentialing Application Guidelines are designed to assist you with completing the application process. It is very important that you read this document first and then refer back to it as you progress through the application process.
You need to address all the criteria and upload all the necessary documentation to complete your application.
To meet the requirements and standards for a Specialist Nurse Credential, applicants must provide evidence of the following :
Current registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1), General with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
Qualifications that meet the criteria set for the relevant specialty.
Working a minimum of 12 weeks full time equivalent over the preceding 12 months or the equivalent length of experience over the preceding 2 years, or over the preceding 3 years in the area of specialty.
Note: A specialty nursing organisation may choose to set a level of hours greater than the minimum. Please check with your specialty.
Continuing professional education, and practice development related activities in the previous 12 months.
5. Support from two referees who are familiar with the applicant’s practice.
You will need to provide all information and upload documents as requested.
Additional requirements may be set for each specialty by the relevant organisation. Please check with your specialty organisation (for example, a copy of an up to date CV).
Before you start
1. Please read the:
Professional Credentialing Application Guidelines (updated 06/10/2016);
Qualification Criterion from your specialty nursing organisation; and
Evidence Based Record Guide provided by your specialty nursing organisation.
2. Please complete:
your CPD Evidence Based Record for New Applicants (updated 20/02/2020)
3. Please obtain:
an Employer Statement (updated 29/07/2017)
Qld Health Employer Template (Some Queensland Health services will not accept the C4N employer template. Please use this template), and
two Referee reports.
4. Please have:
any documents necessary copied and certified ready to upload.
IMPORTANT !! Submission of supporting documents
Evidence of your claims will be required as part of the application process. Certified copies of qualifications MUST be uploaded as evidence. (i.e. Award and Transcript), or your application cannot be finalised.
Change of name:
You may be required to provide supporting documentation for having changed your name. Please ensure you provide certified evidence e.g. marriage certificate, birth certificate, evidence of divorce.
Unless otherwise stated, the preferred approach is to scan the original document and upload at the required places during the online application process. Original documents are to be photocopied and must be certified by one of the following:
• A Justice of the Peace (JP),
• A health professional registered with AHPRA,
• A practising legal professional,
• An accountant,
• Other responsible professional such as minister of religion, teacher, a serving police officer, a senior public servant.
The signatory should use the following words:
I certify that this appears to be a true copy of the document produced to me on <date>.
Qualification (e.g. JP, Pharmacist)
Registration Number or equivalent
The person certifying the document is stating their opinion that the document is a true copy, not that the original document is authentic. Certifying a copy does not in any way ‘authenticate’ either the copy or the original document.
It is an applicant’s responsibility to understand the eligibility requirements of the credential to which the applicant is applying.
Are you ready to apply?
Please note that your browser will open up in a new window and take you to the application site.
You can also return to an uncompleted application from here.
(Page updated 1 March 2018)