IONM Certification FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the CINP designation be required to practice IONM in Canada?

No, although it will be highly recommended.   Employers and Provincial Authorities will continue to be responsible for determining requirements for practice.

If obtaining the CINP is not required for IONM practice, why should I bother?

There are many reasons one might choose to obtain CINP designation. Some potential incentives are professional development, confirmation of knowledge and skill, expanded scope of practice, ability to work independently, holding a recognized designation, to instill confidence in interdisciplinary colleagues, medico-legal ramifications, potential for salary increase, job growth.

Are only Canadians eligible to obtain the CINP designation?

No, IONM professionals from around the world are encouraged to obtain the CINP. These applicants are eligible under Stream 3.

I’ve been practicing IONM for many years but I don’t meet the Full CANM member criteria, can I still write the CINP exam?

Yes, you will be eligible under Stream 3.

Why is CANM Full membership a condition for the alternate/grandfathered pathway?

Grandfathering allowances are a privilege being awarded to existing experienced Canadian IONM professionals. Those holding Full CANM membership have been active in the field and are experienced in IONM but may or may not meet the minimum education requirements for the standard pathway to CINP (stream 3). Allowing Full members an exemption provides an inclusive route to obtaining the CINP for experienced Canadian IONM professionals. This condition was developed in 2011, after consultation with Canadian IONM professionals.

Why is a Bachelor’s degree in health-related sciences required?

After substantial consultation with Canadian IONM professionals and CANM members beginning in 2008, there was consensus that a Bachelor’s degree should be the minimum entry point moving forward. A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree will also allow for a future transition to a Master’s degree in IONM.

When is the CANM Accredited Internship going to be available?

The development of the internship is underway, however, at the present time there is no firm release date.

How did you decide on the case breakdown?

The case breakdown was intended to capture certain skills that a modern IONM professional (future CINP) should have experience with, in order for the CINP skill-set to be well-rounded and transferrable. As part of the proposal process, we are interested to hear your input.

How will I know what is being tested on the CINP examination?

An outline of examination topics and breakdown will be provided. In addition, competency profiles and scope of practice for CINP will be developed in consultation with Canadian IONM professionals and CANM members.