Earn Your Certified Surgical Services Manager Credential

Earn your Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM) Credential, through CCI, and show that you have achieved a standard of excellence for your profession. The CSSM certification program is for perioperative leaders interested in improving and validating their managerial knowledge and skills to advance the performance of their surgical services department.


Online applications to sit for the CSSM exam open in October 2015 (for examinations beginning in January 2016).

  • How Do I Get the CSSM Credential?
    1. Meet eligibility requirements, listed below
    2. Complete online application and pay fee
    3. Pass the CSSM exam
  • How Long is the CSSM Credential Valid?
    The CSSM credential is valid for 3 years.  Your credential will expire on December 31st of the third year. The CSSM credential has a shorter time frame than the CNOR, CRNFA and CNS-CP credentials reflecting the fast pace of change in the surgical services arena.
  • How Much Does the Inaugural CSSM Exam Cost?

    CCI needs a minimum number of candidates to take the inaugural CSSM exam. They are providing a discount on the inaugural CSSM exam fee. This discount is only for the July 2015 testing period. Learn more about deadlines and fees from CCI's website.

  • What are the CSSM Eligibility Requirements?
    To be eligible to apply for the CSSM exam, candidates must meet the following requirements at the time of application. Candidates do NOT need to be CNOR certified.

    Perioperative Management Coursework Requirement (withing the past 2 years)

       Minimum Academic Degree  Employment  Management Coursework
    CNOR Certified RN  BA/BS  Minimum of 2 years and 2,400 hours of surgical services management experience  30 contact hours of domain specific content
    Non-CNOR Certified RN  BA/BS  Minimum of 4 years and 4,800 hours of surgical services management experience  50 contact hours of domain specific content

    Management Coursework

    Candidates must have completed a minimum of 30 continuing education contact hours depending on CNOR certification status in the two years prior to application. Coursework must be in one or more of the subject areas/domains covered on the CSSM exam, including:

    • Strategic Management
    • Operational Management
    • Financial Management
    • Leadership
    • Professionalism
    • Communication & Relationship Management
    • Human Resource Management
    Sources for surgical services management coursework include CCI's Fundamentals of OR Management. 
  • Where Do I Take the CSSM Exam?
    Candidates will take the exam at a Prometric testing center. Prometric is a professional testing service agency with over 300 locations nationwide. Once your CSSM application is processed and approved, CCI will email you instructions on how to schedule a testing appointment convenient for you.
  • What Preparation Resources Are Recommended Prior to Taking the CSSM Exam

    Required Reference:

    • AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice, 2015 edition.
    Highly Recommended:
    • Alexander's Care of the Patient in Surgery, Jane Rothrock, 15th edition, Mosby, Elsevier, 2015.
    • Berry and Kohn's Operating Room Technique, Mancymarie Phippips, 12th edition, Mosby Elsevier, 2013.
    • Economics and Financial Management for Nurses and Nurse Leaders, Susan J. Penner, 2nd edition, Springer Publishing Company, 2013.
    • Financial Management for Nurse Managers and Executives, Steven A. Finkler, Christine T. Kovner, Cheryl B. Jones, 3rd edition, 2007.
    • Operating Room Leadership and Management, Alan Kay, Charles Fox and Richard Urman, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

    CCI Resources

  • Where Do I Take the CSSM Exam?

    Candidates will take the CSSM exam at a Prometric testing center. Prometric is a professional testing service agency with over 300 locations nationwide. Once your CSSM application is processed and approved, CCI will email you instructions on how to schedule your testing appointment. You will select a time, date and location that are convenient for you.

  • Who Would Benefit from the CSSM Credential?
    CSSM is for professionals who work in the surgical services department in a managerial role. Professionals with the following titles are all eligible to take the exam: director, assistant director, manager, assistant manager, supervisor, coordinator, team leader, service line leader, charge nurse. This is not an all exclusive list of eligible titles.