Many HIV Early Intervention Services counselors have inquired about how to become AIDS certified. According to the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), there are four eligibility requirements for those who wish to take the certification exam:
1. Currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the U.S. or the international equivalent.
2. A minimum of two years of experience in clinical practice, education, management, or research related to HIV/AIDS nursing is recommended.
3. An application for the certification exam.
4. A fee.
Candidates who pass the certification exam are eligible to use the designation “ACRN” after their names and will receive certificates from the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board. A registry of certified nurses is maintained by the Board.
The Atlanta chapter of ANAC may sponsor a review course before exams.
For more information, visit the ANAC website at http://www.anacnet.org