CHFN Eligibility for the Clinical Nurse


To be eligible to take the CHFN exam, the registered nurse must:

Eligibility Requirements/Certification:

  • Hold a current, active RN license within a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country and have practiced full time as a registered nurse for at least two (2) years or its equivalent that equates to approximately 4160 hours at time of submitting application.
  • Have a minimum of 1,200 hours of clinical practice working in a field of nursing caring for heart failure patients within the last two (2) years. Note: this requirement equates to approximately 29% of time in clinical practice of heart failure in the previous 2 years.
  • Have completed 30 hours of continuing education within the last two (2) years, of which a minimum of 15 hours must be heart failure specific. Must be completed at the time the exam application is submitted. If “heart failure” is not in the title or education was NOT provided by AAHFN or HFSA, be prepared to submit a syllabus and/or objectives to confirm content is heart failure specific. The 15 hour heart failure specific education cannot be themes related to heart failure (for example, atrial fibrillation, sleep apnea, chronic renal failure, hypertension or coronary artery disease). Heart failure specific topics include ventricular assist devices and cardiac transplantation. Pulmonary hypertension requires additional documentation unless it is clearly heart failure specific


AAHFN member Non AAHFN member
Pen & Paper at Annual Meeting $275.00 $375.00
Computer Based Testing $350.00 $450.00

This includes a non refundable application fee of $50.00.

Group Discount when taken at the AAHFN Annual Conference

Ten (10) or more exam candidates from the same institution will receive a 15% discount. All applications and payment must be submitted simultaneously for testing at the AAHFN annual conference for the discount to apply. Please fax to 856-439-0525.

Membership in AAHFN must be current through the examination date to be eligible for the reduced fee.

All paper and online applications for the pen and paper exam must be postmarked or time stamped by May 10 of current year

Online applications are preferred, however if you need to submit a paper application a $30.00 processing fee will be added to the total fee of your exam application.

For the pen and paper exam, applications postmarked or time stamped after May 10 of current year will not be considered.

Returned Check Fee   $20.00

Paper Application Processing Fee   $30.00

Re-examination Fee
A candidate who does not pass the examination is able to re-take the exam in two months, but must re-take the exam within six (6) months of original test date to receive the examination at a reduced fee. The fee is $125 for AAHFN members and $200 for non members. This includes a non refundable application fee of $50.00. A candidate who does not pass the second examination is considered failed. Any repeat examination will require completion of a new application and payment of the full examination fee.

Contact Hour Certificate Form Copy Fee

A $10 per request fee will be charged for copying CNE forms for recertification.