The ACMHN Credential is the nationally consistent standard for recognition of specialist mental health nurses. All applications for re-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.
Applying for re-credentialing
All applications for re-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 NurseTM.
Even if your current credential has expired, please select Re-credentialing as you have already provided your qualifications when first credentialed.
Before commencing an application, you will need to follow the steps below where you will find downloadable resources and templates applicable to your application.
Please note: your browser will open up in a new window and take you to the application site. you can also return to an uncompleted application from here.
What is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse (CMHN)?
A Credentialed Mental Health Nurse is a specialist nurse who has demonstrated meeting the credentialing criteria in relation to:
- practice experience
- professional development, and
- professional integrity.
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.
- 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.
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, and
- 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.
- Download all documents and resources for Re-credentialing Applicants here. 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 to the left (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.