Apply for credentialing
Become a recognised specialist nurse
The ACMHN Credential is the only nationally consistent standard for recognition of specialist mental health nurses. A Credentialed Mental Health Nurse is a specialist nurse who has demonstrated meeting the credentialing criteria in relation to:
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.
How to apply
All applications for credentialing are submitted online through the Credentialing for Nurses portal. Applications are processed by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and peer reviewed by a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse.
C4N qualification framework
This recognises that there have been different pathways over the years by which a registered nurse can undertake educational preparation for specialist nursing practice. There are three pathways included in this framework and each specialty organisation has nominated the pathways that they will accept
C4N CPD EBR APP
A C4N EBR App has been developed to provide Credentialed nurses and prospective Credentialed nurses with a user friendly CPD portfolio to document professional development relevant to credentialing.
Simply go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and search for 'C4N EBR'. Once you have completed your report you will be provided with instructions on how to include your report in your online application.
Use the CMHN logo
Once credentialed, you can use the CMHN logo on your signature block or business card.
To be sent the logo, please email the College to request the rules and guidelines document and agreement form. Once you have read the rules and guidelines document, sign and return by email the agreement form.