CBUNA FAQ

Does the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) provide certification?
No. Certification is provided through a separate organization, the Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates (CBUNA), and it provides only urology certification.

Does my state require specialty certification for RNs, NPs or CNSs?
Each state has specific requirements.Please contact the National Council of State Boards of Nursing at www.ncsbn.org/aprn.htm and the American Nurses Association (ANA) at www.nursingworld.org/Consensus-Model-Toolkit to determine licensure requirements.

How many times can I take the exam?
Candidates who sit for a CBUNA certification exam are not limited to the number of times they can take an examination.

Can I fax my application?
No. We cannot accept faxed applications.

How do I sign my name once I become certified? Is there a standard way that is recommended?
Yes, there is a standard way to list credentials after your name. Academic degrees are listed first because they are earned, are considered permanent, and in most cases cannot be taken away from you. Nurses (RN or LPN) are licensed by the State Boards of Nursing. National certifications are usually voluntary. When you become certified by CBUN,A you are able to use the credentials CUA (Associate), CURN (Registered Nurse), or CUNP (Nurse Practitioner) to indicate your certification status.

Can I or my employer verify my certification status?
Yes. CBUNA certification status can be verified on the CBUNA Certified Directory.

If my certificate or wallet card is lost or destroyed, how do I replace them?
In order to replace your wall certificate or wallet card, you will need to submit a request in writing. You may email, fax, or mail the request to our office along with the $20 fee.

Once I am certified, what additional privileges does the CBUNA certification grant me?
CBUNA certification does not grant any additional privileges or responsibilities above your basic license. It is a testimony to your hard work, knowledge, and experience with the specialty population of patients with urology diagnoses. However, if you have further questions about this, regulations do vary among states. Please check with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing at www.ncsbn.org/aprn.htm and the American Nurses Association (ANA) at www.nursingworld.org/Consensus-Model-Toolkit to discuss your particular circumstances. In the case of CUAs, please seek out the appropriate state board that regulates your practice.

Are the CBUNA certifications nationally recognized?
Not currently. CBUNA has begun to systematically revise our policy and procedure manual in order to make it consistent with the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) requirements and expectations. This is a lengthy, ongoing process that requires proof that we have revised our practice analyses, have collected the subsequent required testing data, and compiled required information for the application process. The length of time for the data collection is determined by ABSNC, and we anticipate completion of the NP application in the fall 2017 with submission to ABSNC in late 2017 or early 2018. The RN application will be submitted shortly after the NP accreditation has been received. Only the CURN and CUNP designations are eligible for this recognition. Although it may not yet be nationally recognized, CBUNA certification remains a testimony to your specialty practice, expertise, and knowledge in urology.

How much do I need to study for the examination?
No one can answer this for you, but CBUNA does provide an examination preparation guide to give you an overview of the test. The test is designed to reflect the broad nature of topics in urology that are represented on the examination.

If I don't pass the exam, how soon can I reapply?
If your results indicate that you did not pass, you may submit an application for the next exam. However, the retest fee is reduced for only one year after your initial examination.

What should I do if I have a name or address change?
To ensure receipt of important notices from CBUNA, you should notify the board within 30 days of any name, address or e-mail change. You may make changes to your online profile at www.suna.org. Once you have established an online account with SUNA all changes made to your profile will be reflected in your CBUNA certification record as well.

How do I know if contact hours are from an approved provider?
This is usually printed, usually in small type towards the bottom of your certificate. It should give you the provider, accrediting company, and the number of contact hours.

Do you want copies of my contact hour (CE) certificates?
No, do not send copies of your CE certificates when you submit your application. Just send your application and contact hour documentation forms. If your application is selected for random audit, copies of your certificates will be requested at that time.

I have more than the 50 required contact hours should I include them?
It is not necessary to include anything over 50 contact hours.

What is the difference between Category A and B on the recertification application?
Category A reflects contact hours that are pertinent to the study of urology topics only and a minimum of 36 CE’s are required for recertification. Another option includes having all 50 required contact hours in Category A and none in Category B. Category B is for general nursing contact hours and a maximum 14 hours are acceptable. Since it is not always easy to obtain 50 contact hours in urology, general nursing is also included in the certified, urology nurse knowledge base.

Can contact hours provided by my hospital count?
If your hospital is accredited by an approved provider, you can claim the contact hour.

Are there websites that offer urologic-specific contact hours?
Yes, in fact there are many different sites. Some sites are free or charge a minimal fee. Other ANCC-approved providers also offer online/home study continuing education that may be appropriate for Category A credit. CBUNA does not endorse specific courses or commercial CE vendors. The following providers that designate any content as “urologic” does not mean the activity automatically qualifies for Category A credit. A few we suggest are: SUNA's Online Library at www.suna.org/library, myfreece.com, RN.org, RN.com, ce.nurse.com, medi-smart.com, and www.practicingclinicians.com/index.php.

I plan on retiring; can I keep my CBUNA certification?
Yes, but you must be currently certified, and request retired status in writing prior to the date of recertification. No fee will be charged and no contact hours are required.

How early can I apply for recertification?
You can submit your recertification application on June 1st of the year that your certification expires.

How late can I send in my recertification application?
You have until December 31 to postmark the recertification application. However, it is recommended that you send the application several months before the expiration date.

Can I request an extension for recertification?
Yes, an extension (grace period) can be requested. You must notify the board of your intent to recertify in writing no later than December 31. Late fees apply. The end of the extension period is March 31. No applications will be accepted after that date.

Why did CBUNA retire the advanced practice certification examination?
In the past, there was a single examination that all NPs, PAs, and CNSs could take. However, since the initial offering of the exam, the practice patterns of the 3 groups have diverged, making the same single test for all 3 groups no longer appropriate. In addition, the NPs were the only group that consistently maintained certification while increasing their certified numbers. The number of PAs and CNSs requesting certification decreased every year. Therefore, in 2010-2011 the test was converted to an NP-only exam, granting the “CUNP” credentials.

What does it mean when a certification exam is retired?
If a certification exam is retired, no new candidates will be eligible for that certification examination and no new candidates will be able to apply for those credentials. APRNs whose CBUNA certification is active and in good standing may continue to renew their certification using professional development activities and clinical practice hours to maintain their certified status, as long as their certification does not lapse.

What will happen to my existing credential?
You may continue to use your existing CBUNA credential. The credential itself has not be retired (only the exam) and can be maintained through timely certification renewal using professional development activities and practice hours. Even though your certification exam is retired, your credential will not be affected. However, if your certification lapses, you will not be able to recertify via examination and your credential will be lost.

What would happen if I let my certification lapse and the exam is no longer offered?
If you allow your certification to lapse and the exam is no longer offered, you lose your right to use the credentials. The option to reactivate your certification with professional development activities and testing will not be available for certification with retired exams. This means that you may not meet state licensing, institutional credentialing, or third-party reimbursement requirements. Keeping your certification current through renewal is necessary.

Will the DNP be a mandatory eligibility requirement for the CUNP exam?
No. CBUNA has no plans currently to require the DNP for the Certified Urology NP examination. The eligibility requirements maintain that candidates complete graduate work, which may include a master's, postgraduate certificate, or doctorate. While certification eligibility can change for generalist certifications such as those offered by ANCC, CBUNA has no plans to require a DNP at this time.

Does CBUNA provide certification in urodynamics?
No. CBUNA does not provide certification specific to urodynamics. There currently is no certification specific to Urodynamics offered nationally or internationally.

Will certification specific to Urodynamics ever be offered? 
CBUNA and SUNA have been involved in discussions with several entities to create a program specific to Urodynamics certification. At this time, there are no formal plans to develop a certification exam for Urodynamics. 

What is the difference between a Certificate of Attendance and Certification? 
Certification refers to an earned credential that demonstrates the holder’s specialized knowledge, skills, and experience. Certification is awarded by a third-party, nongovernmental entity created specifically to develop a certification program. It does so by employing strict eligibility criteria and administering a legally defensible and psychometrically sound exam. A certification examination is comprehensive and evidence-based. The exam is based on an in-depth and statistically sound analysis of the role and responsibilities. A Certificate of Attendance program is an educational program that awards a certificate to the attendee after completing the educational program. Certificate programs are usually open to anyone who applies, and can attempt to educate many levels of attendees with a single session. No testing or examination is required to receive the certificate. These programs are geared toward obtaining specific skills or knowledge. While certificate programs may award a certificate of attendance or participation, they do not award a recognized credential.

Who should I contact if I have any questions about certification or recertification?
Contact the CBUNA National Office with any questions at cbuna@ajj.com or 856-256-2351.