What Being an SGNA Member Means.


What Being Certified Means



Become a CGRN and show your professional commitment to your GI Specialty.

ABCGN Certification Center


Spring Exam

Application Window: January 1 - February 28 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Testing Window: May 1 - May 31, candidates will select the time and location through the Prometric website after the application window closes. You will receive an email after your application has been reviewed with your eligibility ID.

Please note that the May 2023 exam window will be a beta exam due to the recent CGRN Job Analysis. This means that immeidate scoring will be unavailable and your score report will be received approximately 6 - 8 weeks after the conclusion of the exam window.

Fall Exam

Application Window: June 1 - July 31 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time

Testing Window: October 1 - October 31, candidates will select their time and location through the Prometric website after the application window closes. You will receive an email after your application has been reviewed with your eligibility ID.

                     Application Fees 

                                  SGNA Member: $430

                                  Non-SGNA Member: $520


  CGRN Exam fees are non-refundable after the application window closes, no exceptions will be made.

Certification Eligibility Requirements >

Click on the link above or read the Certification Handbook for more information regarding requirements and eligibility.

Preparing for the Exam >

Click on the link above for more information regarding exam applications and ADA accommodation requests.

Taking the Exam >

Click on the link above for more information regarding in-person and remote live proctoring options.

Exam Information >

Click on the link above for more information about the CGRN exam.

Requirements for recertification has changed. Below is the new and old requirements


 Total Hours                                                                      75
 GI-Specific                                                                        60

 GI-Specific Category 1 (Live Nursing Seminars)       30


The ABCGN Recertification Program requires that the candidate update their knowledge and skills that reflect continuing competence as definded by the ongoing commitment of a registered nurse to integrate and apply the knowledge, skills, and judgement with the attitudes,values, and beliefs required to practice safely, effectively, and ethically in a designated role, patient population and/or setting .

The recertification by contact hour program requires that the nurse is actively practicing gastroenterology nursing. All candidates are required to obtain 75 contact hours. Of the 75 hours, 60 must be GI-specific and 30 of those must be from CE-approved nursing seminars or workshops. Gastroenterology is a medical specialty concerned with the study of digestive diseases.


A GI Specific contact hour should provide a knowledge or skill that is essential to providing care to a patient with a gastrointestinal disease or problem. The information imparted should enable the Gastroenterology nurse to anticipate the care and interventions needed to treat the patient; provide the necessary care and interventions, and supply follow up care and teaching.

For complete information on the re-certification process, requirements, and criteria, refer to the Re-certification Handbook and What is Considered GI Specific Tip Sheet.

For help with completing your re-certification application, please use this step-by-step guide.


Verification Forms

These forms can be use for your documentation needed for recertification.

Category 9: Poster Presentations
Category 10: Preceptorship
Category 11: Involvement in ABCGN/SGNA or SIGNEA organizations or publication
Category 12: Involvement in ABCGN Item-writing/Item-review Committee 
Category 13: Involvement in other GI-related organizations or publications

Educational Information:

Clinical Care Options (CEUs available -- Hepatitis)
Gastroenterology Nursing Journal Website (CEUs available with cost)
NetCE Continuing Education (CEUs available with cost)

Digestive Health Information:

World Gastroenterology Organisation
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Colon/Rectal Cancer Sites:

C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition Answer Line: 1-877-4CRC-111)
Colon Cancer Alliance
United Ostomy Associations of America
Colon Rectal Care Line 1-866-657-8634. Helps with insurance and financial matters.