Specialty certification validates mastery of prerequisite forensic nursing knowledge, skills and experience at the generalist and advanced forensic nursing levels of practice as outlined in the FNCB Core Competencies. The FNCB Core Competencies complement and build upon The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing. (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN}, 2021 and The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 (National Academy of Medicine, 2021) recommendations. The expectation is that all forensic nurses meet the Essentials and demonstrate mastery of the FNCB Core Competencies. Certification examinations reflect the evolutionary growth and understanding of the specialty of forensic nursing. For those taking the Generalist Forensic Nursing and Advanced Forensic Nursing certification examination, unique requirements exist for the forensic nurse educational level seeking certification. Upon successful completion of the application and the certification examination, conferral of the GFN-C™ or AFN-C™ credential signifies the forensic nurse’s mastery of minimal content necessary for practice at the generalist or advanced forensic nursing level, as well as, an ongoing commitment to professionalism and excellence.