Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Awards Program

At CCI, our vision is to grow a community of certificants and lifelong learners for whom CCI is a catalyst and integral partner. This includes creating an environment built on the belief that we should celebrate the differences that make us all unique and invaluable.

To that end, the CCI Board of Directors is launching the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Award Program from the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) is designed to facilitate access to resources and increase diversity in the perioperative nursing specialty. Using credentialing assets, the program focuses on providing resources for individuals and facilities which are under-resourced, in-need, and/or under-represented.

The program has two types of awards: Individual and Facility, with a separate application for each. The CFPN credential, which is designed for early career perioperative nurses, is a center piece of the DEI program. The credential has four parts: a Knowledge-Based Test (KBT), a Self-Assessment of Perioperative Nursing Competency (PPCS-R), the16pf Soft Skills Assessment, and a graded Reflective Learning Exercise. For the individual awards nurses, must complete all four components, in sequence, to earn the CFPN certification.

Qualifying facilities will receive no-cost access to the Knowledge-Based Test (KBT), which can be used as a final exam after the completion of orientation to perioperative nursing. Upon passing the KBT the facility will receive a discounted price on the remaining segments of the CFPN credential to facilitate earning the certification. The use of the KBT gives the facility a psychometrically sound objective test which ensures the nurse has the knowledge needed to begin their work in the perioperative nursing specialty.

The application period is from June 1, 2022-July 31, 2022. The application review and award selection period will be during the month of August and recipient notifications will made be during the first two weeks of September. Both individual and facility awards will be valid for 12 months and no extensions will be granted.

Facility ApplicationIndividual Application