Apply for re-credentialing

If your Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Credential has expired and you wish to renew it, you need to apply for re-credentialing. Your qualifications have already been provided when you first applied for credentialing.


How to apply for re-credentialing 

Before you start
We recommend you download a copy of the C4N re-credentialing application guidelines to ensure you meet the criteria and are ready to re-apply. Please review all documents and resources to ensure you have all the latest versions of the templates as these are updated annually. The information in the Guidelines will help you assess if you are ready to proceed with your application.


Renewing your Credential


  •    A notice reminding you of the expiry date of your credential will be sent to you approximately six months in advance from C4N enquiries via the online portal, and by the College.

  •    In order to ensure continuity of your credentialed status, you should submit your completed application at least eight weeks in advance of the expiry date of your current credential. Applications will be processed within six to eight weeks from the date of submission.

  •    If you submit your application after the expiry of the current credential, it will continue to be treated as a re-credentialing application.

  •    You will be deemed not credentialed for the period of time between expiry of your credential and re-credentialing

  •    The new credential date will commence from the new approval/certificate date

Re-credentialing criteria

To meet the requirements and standards for a renewed Mental Health Nurse Credential, you must demonstrate that you:



  •    Hold a current registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1), General with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

  •    Have been practising as a registered nurse in the area of mental health within the last three years. (i.e. Working a minimum of 12 weeks full-time equivalent over the preceding 12 months or the equivalent length of experience over the preceding two years, or over the preceding three years)

  •   Have undertaken continuing professional education, and practice development related activities in the area of mental health nursing in the previous three years

  •   Have support from one professional referee who is a registered health professional and is familiar with your practice and credentialing application. If your referee is not registered with AHPRA, then support from two referees who are familiar with your practice must be provided to support your application

Next steps



  •    Download all documents and resources for re-credentialing applicants below. Before you commence your online application you will need to download resources and complete all the necessary documents for your online application.

  •    When you are ready to apply, click on the C4N online Portal button below (your browser will open up in a new window and take you to the C4N online portal).

  •   If you are a first-time user of the online portal, please create a C4N user account. (Relevant to all ACMHN members and non-members). Please note: this portal is not linked to your College membership login.

  •   Bookmark the C4N sign-in page to make it easier to return to an uncompleted application.

Application Documents

Download all documents


C4N re-credentialing application guidelines

These guidelines are designed to assist you with completing the recredentialing application process. It is very important that you read this document first and then refer back to it as you progress through the application process

ACMHN appendix to the application guidelines for re-credentialing

This appendix should be read in conjunction with the C4N professional credentialing application guidelines

CPD evidence-based record (MHN) template - re-credentialing

Nurses should use this template to record their continuing education and practice related activities.

ACMHN CPD evidence-based record guide

The EBR is a means for you to document your Continuing Professional Education (CPE) and Continuing Practice Development (CPD) relevant to mental health nursing. A completed EBR must be submitted with the application for re-credentialing.

C4N employer statement - (MHN) template

You need to verify the amount of experience you have gained in mental health nursing over the last three years by providing a statement from your employer(s). QLD Health employees might have to contact their HR department to ask for an employment confirmation.

C4N reference template (MHN) - re-credentialing

Please provide the reference template to two referees to ensure all the required information is obtained and your application will not be unnecessarily delayed.

C4N documentation checklist -re-credentialing

Download a checklist to ensure you have the required documentation ready to upload.


The Australian health care environment is changing, with reforms happening across the sector. Governments are looking for efficient and innovative ways to provide treatment and care, and credentialing is increasingly recognised as a means to identify qualified mental health nurses to provide such care.

If you choose to get credentialed, future employers will know that you complete your work to the highest standard, giving you a competitive advantage in application processes. Credentialing:



access to a small number of Medicare Benefits Schedule items depending on client eligibility


formal recognition of skills and experience


a sense of personal achievement


the importance and value of mental health nursing roles amongst the medical community and public


the public and clients that mental health nurses have advanced and specialist skills


Workforce through overarching professional standards and consistency



A non-refundable application processing payment will be required at the time of submitting your application.

* If you are applying as a member, you will be required to upload evidence of your current membership. Please ensure you have a copy of your receipt, or written acknowledgement from the College.

** Please note this is an application fee only, and does not entitle you to membership to the College. To be eligible for the discounted member application fee for credentialing, please ensure you become a member first.

Once you have submitted payment, you will receive a receipt from PayPal indicating payment to Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Incorporated.


New application

  • For Members - $205*

  • For non-members - $504**
  • Re-credentialing

  • For member - $155*

  • For non-member - $454**