Australian College of PeriAnaesthesia
Nurses - ACPAN, PO BOX 5134
Burnley, VIC 3121, Australia

Post Anaesthesia Nurse Certification

ACPAN Level 1 PACU Certification is designed for practicing PACU nurses to demonstrate their specialisation and compliance with the practice guidelines of Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthesia (ANZCA) Statement PS04 (2018) and ACPAN statements 1, 2 and 4. The process is suitable for Division 1 Registered Nurses with a minimum of 1900 hours PACU experience to be completed within 3 years. Once the process is finalised you will be included as a PACU Nurse in the ACPAN register which is accessible on the ACPAN website and visible for the public.

TipIt is also possible to apply for Anaesthesia Nurse certification. See for more information the guide for Anaesthesia Nurses level 1.

PACU nurse certification process: 5 easy steps

Download the required documents
Fill in and complete the certification exams
Register your anaesthesia certification application
You will receive confirmation of your certification application

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PACU nurse recertification: 5 easy steps

Your certification will be valid for three years. After these three years, you can apply for recertification. The recertification process entails 5 steps:

Download the required documents
Prepare an overview of your 30 CPD points
Complete successfully the online anaesthesia certification exams and download the certificates
Update your details and upload all documents
You will receive confirmation of your recertification

Program evaluation

The content of the sub-exams is based on the ACPAN level 1 curriculum for PACU nurses. The exam questions have been written by a large, representative group of experienced perianaesthesia nurses and are relevant to the current practice of anaesthesia nursing in Australia. Each question is referenced, reviewed and updated bi-annually. Continuous upgrading of the question bank and relevant references is a task not undertaken lightly by the ACPAN Board and a stringent process is followed.

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