Frequently Asked Questions - Certification

Frequently asked questions about CBUNA certification

Does the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) provide certification?

SUNA does not provide certification. Certification is provided through a separate organization, the Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates (CBUNA), and it provides urology certification for Associates, Registered Nurses, and Nurse Practitioners.

Does my state require specialty certification for RNs, NPs or CNSs?

No state requires specialty certification. If you are considering specialty certification, contact the National Council of State Boards of Nursing at and the American Nurses Association (ANA) at 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. Nurses (RN or LPN), and Nurse Practitioners are licensed by the State Boards of Nursing. National certifications are usually voluntary. When you become certified by CBUNA, 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. CBUNA maintains a searchable directory of all certified nurses and associates. However, all application information is considered confidential and is not shared with any outside party. It is used only by C-NET and CBUNA for certification processing purposes. Information concerning any candidate for certification is released only upon written request of the certification applicant.

If my certificate is lost or destroyed, how do I replace it?

In order to replace your wall certificate, 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 and the American Nurses Association (ANA) at 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?

CBUNA is the only certifying body for urologic nurses and associates. The CBUNA certification is recognized for Magnet status hospitals and clinics. Our certification remains a testimony to your specialty practice, expertise, and knowledge in urology. 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. The application for the NP has been approved and accredited by ABSNC as of December 2018. The application for the RN has been approved and accredited by ABSNC as of March 2020. At this time, only the CURN and CUNP designations are eligible for the ABSNC recognition.

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 my contact information changes?

It is the professional responsibility of the applicant to notify CBUNA of any name, address, phone numbers and/or e-mail change. You can make these changes to your online profile at after you log in with your username and password. If you already have an established online account with SUNA, all changes made to your profile will be reflected in your CBUNA certification record.

Who should I contact if I have any questions about certification?

Contact the CBUNA National Office with any questions at or 856-256-2351.