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This information is about how to retrieve AWHONN certificates from completed courses and AWHONN Convention. This information also provides guidance about certification from other professional organizations.




AWHONN is not a certifying organization and therefore does not offer any certification examinations. 

AWHONN resources may be used to prepare for certification examinations.

AWHONN offers a variety of programs/courses that offer continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours.

After successful completion of a course/program that offers CNE contact hours, a certificate of completion is awarded or generated.


Certificates of completion are not certificates of certification.

Contact hours awarded by AWHONN may be used to fulfill certification renewal requirements and may be used for licensure requirements as defined by individual State Boards of Nursing.

AWHONN does not define the frequency that perinatal clinicians must participate in educational programs/courses such as the Fetal Monitoring Courses. 


Organizations and employers may have specific requirements for education, such as renewal of the BLS, ACLS, and NRP programs.  Please refer to your employer for specific direction and guidelines related to how often course participation is required.



Obtain certificates for CNE/CME completion for Instructor-led Courses

Paper Scantron Forms | Online Form




18.0 CNE / 15.25 CME


8.0 CNE / 6.0 CME

Intermediate Instructor

8.0 CNE


Obtain Certificates of Completion for CNE Offered through Relias



Introduction to Fetal Heart Monitoring Online Course

2.8 CNE



Obtain CNE Certification of Completion for Educational Resources offered through the OLC. If you have completed a course or program that is featured in this list, you can retrieve it through the AWHONN Online Learning Center (OLC). Please note that you must log in using your AWHONN login to access.




Critical Care Obstetrics Education (CCOE)

Course 1: Noninvasive Hemodynamic Function and Assessment – 2.8 CNE
Course 2: Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) – 2.1 CNE
Course 3: Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) – 2.1 CNE
Course 4: Sepsis and Septic Shock – 2.5 CNE

Fetal Heart Monitoring Simulation

1.5 CNE

Fetal Heart Monitoring Simulation Advanced

1.5 CNE

Journal CNE Program

(CNE offering varies by journal article)
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN)
Nursing for Women’s Health (NWH)

Maternal Fetal Triage Index Education Course (MFTI)

1.0 CNE

OB Patient Safety

Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy - 3.10 CNE
Venous Thromboembolism - 2.0 CNE

Perinatal Orientation and Education Program, Fourth Edition (POEP4)

Program offers 15 modules. CNE offering varies by module. Program total offers 67 CNE.

POST-BIRTH Warning Signs

0.6 CNE

Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH) Education Course

2.25 CNE


CNE offering varies per webinar


AWHONN Convention

Obtain Certificates of Completion for CNE earned at Convention
Re-print of certificates and transcripts only. No new CNE will be awarded.



Certification credentials are awarded by specific organizations after a candidate successfully completes a comprehensive examination.

Some organizations that offer certification:

  • National Certification Corporation (NCC) offers multiple certification examinations for perinatal nursing clinicians.  Visit the NCC website for full information about which certifications they offer and the specific requirements for each one.
  • The American Midwifery Certification Board is the source for information for Certified Nurse Midwives.  Visit their website for information

Certification credentials expire after a predetermined time period set by the certifying organization.  Clinicians must comply with criteria for recertification if they choose to maintain their certified status.

Clinicians should check with their original certifying organization for recertification/renewal criteria.

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Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AWHONN is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP580. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by AWHONN or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with educational activities.

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