Certification for Foot Care Nurses

Updated July, 2014

The Mission of the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses is to advance the practice of foot care through a collaborative and networking process for all individuals providing foot care. One of the four goals of CAFCN is to “develop educational opportunities, national guidelines, and a certification process for nursing foot care.” This will involve developing the core competencies with a bibliography for nursing foot care in Canada and this has begun with the formation of the CAFCN Education Committee at the May 30, 2010 1st AGM in Kingston, Ontario.

CAFCN expects that certification for nursing foot care will take some time and until that process is complete CAFCN does not endorse a particular nursing foot care course as one that will lead to or guarantee certification. CAFCN has no influence over curriculum or learning outcomes of individual foot care courses.

CAFCN recommends is that no matter which nursing foot care course you have taken or will take that ALL foot care nurses make continuous learning activities a part of their ongoing nursing practice and maintain records of their learning activities as required by your provincial governing nursing body (the college or association that renews your yearly nursing license to practice).

FAQ’s about Certification for Foot Care Nurses

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Didn’t I become a certified foot care nurse when I took my foot care course?

No. Certification in a nursing specialty area in Canada is only available through the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and as yet, they do not offer a certification process for nursing foot care.

What you received from taking a foot care course would have been a Certificate of Completion of the particular course that you took and from the particular institution that offered the course.

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How can I become a certified foot care nurse in Canada?

Currently there is no certification process for nursing foot care in Canada. However, developing the certification process for Canadian foot care nurses is a goal for CAFCN. We will continue to work on this process.

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I practice now as a foot care nurse. What can I do now if I can’t become certified?

Follow the standards, policies and ethical values of your provincial nursing governing body.

ALL NURSES are expected to remain up to date in their practice in any area that they work.

All nursing governing bodies have annual requirements to demonstrate that your education and learning is a continuous process. We strongly advise that you regularly seek out, participate in and document educational opportunities that are pertinent to your nursing practice. This can mean attending relevant conferences, workshops, and interest, study or journal groups. This can mean on–line education through educational institutions or self-directed learning. Internet access for those in remote locations can help to remove travel barriers and for that reason we have a page on this site that is devoted to resources for foot care providers.

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Once certification for nursing foot care is available, will I have to certify?

No. Certification is voluntary but it may become a requirement for some positions by the employer in the future.

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Will I have to certify as a foot care nurse in order to continue to see my own clients?

No. Certification is voluntary. However, you must still maintain the same responsibilities to your nursing governing body and your clients to maintain up to date standards and continuous learning that you do now. (See “What can I do now if I can’t become certified?”)

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Will I have to take another foot care course to become a certified foot care nurse?

Not necessarily.

Many specialty areas encourage the use of peer study groups or the use of study group mentors to cover the material in the “Core Competencies and Bibliography” that is available free and online for each recognized specialty area.

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What about the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) Certification for Certified Foot Care Nurse (CFCN)?

This is a US organization and is not a certification recognized in Canada. Until the core competencies with a bibliography for nursing foot care in Canada have been developed and approved, we cannot speculate as to whether this will become recognized in Canada or not.

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