CGFNS policies

  1. First of all, do somebody knows if CGFNS cert. has expiration?I passed it 10 years ago.Will they still honor it?Bec. during my time it is a lifetime certificate.And it includes an english section bec. that time there's no Toefl yet.But now they require you to pass first an english proficiency or take a separate english proficiency exam for the Cgfns cert.I'm kinda sad to know that i will just loose the cert. i really worked hard and payed a lot of money for.I also passed my toefl 5 years ago and now i cannot use it bec. it is already expired.My gosh i'm really disappointed with all those expiring cert.
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   EricJRN
    I moved your post to the International Forum for more responses. Good luck!
  4. by   lawrence01
    Pls. contact CGFNS directly re: your case to be sure.

    CGFNS International

    Also, w/c state do you plan to apply for eligibility?
  5. by   almoret
    I already searched the CGFNS website and tried to contact them as well through email but they answered me with an automated reply.Though i was still in their record bec. i checked my status.But my question still remain unanswered.Do i have to take toefl again when in fact they included english proficeiency in our exam way back which i guess is not included now in their exam bec. they let you take the toefl separately.
  6. by   almoret
    I am appying in Vermont now which does'nt require CGFNS but i want to use it for additional verification of my credentials if in case some agencies ask for it
  7. by   batasMTR_RN
    only cgfns can answer your querries.. please call them because email is unreliable and you need answers which can be best explained verbally....
  8. by   lawrence01
    Better call them directly instead of e-mail. They receive hundreds of e-mails on a daily basis from all over the world and they have indicated in their website that they need 15 days or so to respond.

    Contact VT as well if they will accept your 10 yr old CGFNS Certificate in lieu of a transcript of records to be sent directly from your nursing school.

    http://vtprofessionals.org/opr1/nurs...gnnurseapp.pdf

    The way I see it, the only way you can still take advantage of the CGFNS certificate is if VT BON will accept that in lieu of their own transcript evaluation.

    And as you know already, VT has no english-language prof. exam req't as well to sit for the NCLEX so it's either they will accept your CGFNS cert. in lieu of their TOR evaluation or not. If they do then no need for you to instruct your old school to send VT your transcripts. Just your application and fees.

    That's it, in my opinion.
  9. by   augigi
    FYI, I have emailed CGFNS at least 10 times and never got a response.. ever. I agree, contact Vermont first to ask if they'll even accept the CGNFS (they do answer emails quickly in my experience)
  10. by   augigi
    Actually I checked the website FAQs at VT BON:

    QUESTION: If I have taken and passed CGFNS, do I need to submit a transcript from my school of nursing regarding my education?
    ANSWER: No. If you have taken and passed CGFNS in the last 5 years, you do not need to submit a transcript from your school of nursing.
  11. by   lawrence01
    Quote from almoret
    I already searched the CGFNS website and tried to contact them as well through email but they answered me with an automated reply.Though i was still in their record bec. i checked my status.But my question still remain unanswered.Do i have to take toefl again when in fact they included english proficeiency in our exam way back which i guess is not included now in their exam bec. they let you take the toefl separately.
    They already issued you a CGFNS Cert. and their policy then was it is valid for lifetime. Don't see why you have to re-take the TOEFL again.

    The better question is if they will be honoring that TOEFL score if you will be applying for the VisaScreen Certification but if you are a US citizen already by virtue of marrying an America you do not need the VisaScreen certification as well.
  12. by   suzanne4
    English exams, when required, are not honored for their lifetime. For those that go thru the VSC process, and need to renew it every five years, that also requires that the English exams be done again.

    TOEFL exam that was done with CGFNS is not the same as the exams that are required for the VSC. That was only the basic English exam, and none of the other parts such as the writing and speaking section. Those are now required for the VSC...........

    The TOEIC exam also is included in approved courses accepted for the CGFNS Certificate, but it is not accepted on its own for the VSC as it is missing too much.
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    The final issue is up to the employing facility in the long run, they are the ones that will determine if English standards are up to what they want, and I have seen quite a few turned down stirctly based on communication skills and that is all over the country, including CA where there is a very large immigrant population.
  13. by   almoret
    Thanks guys for all the information and for taking time to answer my questions.I'm really lucky that i found this website.It's really hard when you're living abroad and you have nobody to talk to.
  14. by   lawrence01
    Your welcome. Is VT really where you want to work because I have this feeling that it is really NY that you wanted to go and NY requires the Credential Verification Service (CVS) from CGFNS no matter what if you are foreign-educated. No way around that; even if you get licensed in VT.

    Just wanted you to know.

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