Certification in Transcultural Nursing began in 1987.  A certification committee was established and developed a multiple choice examination, followed by an oral examination. The first examination was administered in 1988.  Testing usually took place at the Annual Conference of The Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS). In 2004, the Board of Trustees appointed a Certification Task Force to review current practices and make recommendations for future directions in certification. The Task Force completed its work and the Certification Commission (TCNCC) was established by the TCNS Board of Trustees in 2006. The TCNCC began its extensive work of organization and development of a new test and testing process in 2007. The first pilot exam of the new advanced test was accomplished in January and February of 2009.  The Transcultural Nursing second pilot exam was given in June and July 2009. The new advanced exam and procedure was implemented in December 2009.   The Basic Certification Exam was piloted in late 2011 and early 2012.  Basic Transcultural Certification was implemented in 2012.   Advanced and Basic Certification in Transcultural Nursing demonstrates to nurse colleagues, patients, employers, and others, the knowledge, experience, and commitment to transcultural nursing

*Certification in transcultural nursing and the credentials CTN-A and CTN-B are recognized by ANCC as part of the Magnet program.   Both the CTN-A(Advanced) and the CTN-B(Basic) Transcultural Certifications appear on the list of national certifications which can be listed on the DDCT.  Here is a link to the listing:
http://www.nursecredentialing.org/Magnet/Magnet-CertificationForms .