Competency & Credentialing Institute Receives Accreditation of its CSSM Credential From the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification

Mt Laurel, NJ, August 1, 2022—The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), is pleased to announce the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) has been granted reaccreditation for its CSSM® certification program.

Established in 1979, CCI provides the CNOR®, CSSM®, CNS-CP®, CNAMB®, CFPN®, and NPDA-BC® credentials to more than 40,000 registered nurses, making it one of the largest specialty nursing credentialing organizations and the leading certification body for perioperative nurses. The mission of CCI is to lead competency credentialing that promotes safe, quality patient care and that supports lifelong learning.

“The Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM) certification is the only perioperative management credential for perioperative managers, directors, and nurses who oversee personnel, a budget, business unit, or service line,” said Jim Stobinski, CEO of CCI “Earning the CSSM is a mark of distinction and recognizes the important role managers play in delivering safe patient care and we are proud to continue offering this credential.”  

ABSNC accreditation is a peer-reviewed mechanism that allows nursing certifying organizations to obtain program accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the highest quality standards in the industry. To maintain accreditation, programs must exhibit continuing adherence to the 18 standards set forth. “ABSNC Accreditation represents a recognized standard in certification testing and indicates that the credential meets or exceed legal and regulatory guidelines,” said Felicia Lembesis, CAE, Executive Director.

The mission of ABSNC is to recognize quality specialty nursing and associated non-RN certification programs through accreditation. It is the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification. ABSNC currently accredits more than 60 certification programs from 20 specialty nursing certification organizations. The accreditation standards offered by ABSNC include Examination-Based Certification Programs, Portfolio Assessment Certification Programs, and Assessment-Based Certificate Programs. For more information about ABSNC and its accreditation standards, please visit or contact Felicia Lembesis, ABSNC Executive Director, (, 856-439- 9080).