Become a Certified Oncology Navigator through AONN+ Foundation for Learning

AONN+ Foundation for Learning is proud to offer 2 unique certifications:

What Is AONN+ Foundation for Learning Certification?

AONN+ Foundation for Learning, Inc (AONN+ FFL) created these professional certifications in response to the increasing demands of its membership to design a specific type of certification to distinguish the knowledge, skills, and role, of an Oncology Nurse Navigator (ONN-CG) and the Oncology Patient Navigator (OPN-CG) from that of other types of nursing certifications provided by other organizations. Hence, the AONN+ FFL, Inc Certification Advisory Commission was born.

Made up of experienced leaders within the field of navigation, the AONN+ FFL, Inc Certification Advisory Commission developed the educational criteria for the certification exams.

AONN+ Foundation for Learning Certification Scope

The purpose of the Oncology Nurse Navigator–Certified Generalist (ONN-CG) and the Oncology Patient Navigator–Certified Generalist (OPN-CG) certifications is to ensure that clinical nurse and patient navigators have the knowledge to competently demonstrate effective navigation services across the cancer care continuum within their scope of practice.

ONN-CG and OPN-CG Authoritative References List Updated July 27, 2020.

Attention all candidates preparing for the AONN+ FFL, Inc ONN-CG and OPN-CG certification exams. Please note the authoritative reference list for both exams has been updated for your consideration.

The Authoritative References List provides a concise yet detailed guide to informative oncology navigation peer reviewed journals and textbooks. It serves as a valuable tool for all oncology navigators, especially those preparing for certification. This list is intended for use as a study aid only. The AONN+ FFL, Inc does not intend the list to imply endorsement of these specific references.

In addition, for your exam preparation please reference the ONN-CG and OPN-CG exam blueprint and accompanying candidate handbook to identify subject domains by certification exam.

Why Should I Get My AONN+ Foundation for Learning Certification?

AONN+ FFL, Inc certification is unique to the field of navigation. The establishment of baseline competencies for oncology navigators, centered on their roles, responsibilities, educational level of knowledge, and evidence-based best practices, will help to ensure consistent delivery of optimized patient care across the care continuum. AONN+ Foundation for Learning certification will provide specific credentials to enhance professional credibility, marketability, and opportunities for career advancement.

With your AONN+ FFL, Inc certification, you gain:

  • Validation of specialty knowledge, skills, and practice in oncology navigation
  • Enhancing professional credibility, marketability, and opportunities for career advancement
  • Professional recognition and sense of satisfaction
  • Recognition and respect from industry organizations, institutional leadership, peers, and patients as an integral member of the multidisciplinary oncology team

Certification Fees

Certification fees are required and due upon documentation submission.

Certification Fees

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Where Can I Take the Certification Exam?

AONN+ FFL, Inc facilitates the certification exams twice a year at the AONN+ conferences. The testing opportunities include the AONN+ Midyear Conference (May) and AONN+ Annual Conference (November).

Due to COVID-19, AONN+ had to convert its in-person conferences into a virtual experience, consequently affecting the certification exam offerings. In response, AONN+ FFL, Inc is offering opportunities in Fall 2020 to take the ONN-CG and OPN-CG exams at regional locations. Please visit the regional certification page for additional details and to learn more about our regional location offerings.

For more information about certification, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Update on the Oncology Nurse Navigator-Certified Generalist Thoracic℠ [ONN-CG(T)℠]

AONN+ FFL, Inc Certification Advisory Commission has decided to suspend the [ONN-CG(T)℠]. Those currently certified can retain their certification if they continue to meet the requirements and renew their certifications.

For more information, please read the official Notice of Suspension.


AONN+ FFL, Inc Certification falls under the AONN+ Foundation for Learning, Inc. 501(c)(3), which is separate from AONN+ Inc. AONN+ FFL, Inc. is a business legally incorporated in the State of New Jersey and governed by its Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees grants authority to the AONN+ FFL, Inc., who in turn grants authority to AONN+ FFL, Inc. Certification Advisory Commission to independently make essential certification decisions related to standards, policies and procedures of the certification. These decisions shall be made independently of and under no influence by any other individual or business entity within or outside of AONN+ FFL, Inc.

American National Standards Institute Accreditation

AONN+ FFL, Inc is pleased to share that the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), a wholly owned subsidiary of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has accredited our Oncology Nurse Navigator–Certified Generalist℠ (ONN-CG℠) and Oncology Patient Navigator–Certified Generalist℠ (OPN-CG℠) under ISO/IEC 17024, Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons effective August 3, 2020.

ANSI has determined that the AONN+ FFL certification process has met the following key requirements:

  • Credibility
  • Impartiality
  • Independence
  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Balanced representation of stakeholders
  • Continuous Quality Improvement

and has qualified the process as a high-quality opportunity for navigators to distinguish themselves.

About ANAB

The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) is the largest multidisciplinary ISO/IEC 17011 accreditation body in North America, with comprehensive signatory status across the multilateral recognition arrangements of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and International Accreditation Forum (IAF). The ANAB accreditation portfolio includes management systems certification bodies, calibration and testing labs, product certification bodies, personnel credentialing organizations, forensic test and calibration service providers, inspection bodies, police crime units, greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies, reference material producers, and proficiency test providers.

ANAB is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the U.S. voluntary standards and conformity assessment system and strengthening its impact, both domestically and internationally.

About ANSI

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations.

The Institute represents and serves the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations and 30 million professionals worldwide. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). For more information, visit

What Navigators Are Saying About AONN+ Certification

Riana Buford
"The AONN+ certification is different because it focuses more on the patients. It focuses on the resources you can give patients and the understanding of what it takes to be a patient navigator. A lot of other certifications are more like standardized testing and just understanding words and theories and not really understanding one-on-one patient encounters."

—Riana Buford, MSA, OPN-CG, Community Health Coordinator

Penny Daugherty
"Last week I received my notice from AONN+ that I passed the first certification exam for Oncology Nurse Navigator Certified Generalist (ONN-CG). I immediately added this to my signature line and smiled – a lot! When I look at this new addition I know it doesn’t automatically make me a better Nurse Navigator, rather it inspires me to uphold the standards (and knowledge) expressed and queried in this first national exam and I feel a true fellowship to navigators all across the country. I am grateful to AONN+ and those who assiduously constructed this exam to provide a tangible national standard for us to aspire to as we each guide our patients and loved ones through the formidable labyrinth of their cancer diagnosis and treatment. You have taken what was a concept and shaped it into a world where the highest quality education for patient navigation is available. I feel like we in AONN+ are all part of an amazing phenomena where history is being made by us, as nurses, carving out a new path for our colleagues to come."

—Penny Daugherty, RN, MS, OCN, ONN-CG, Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, Atlanta, GA

Lisa Whitaker
"If you’re a nurse navigator, you’re working in this great field, we have to be certified. We have to show that we have unity, that we have a purpose, that there is a mission, and AONN+ does that for us."

—Lisa Whitaker, RN, MSN, ONN-CG, Thoracic Nurse Navigator