The Creditialing exam for 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19

Credentialing of Gastroenterology Nurses is overseen by COGEN.  

COGEN President's Reports

President's Report 2017

President's Report 2016.     

Mission Statement of COGEN

To develop and administer and appropriate examination and recredentialing process for the advanced gastroenterology practicing nurse.

What is Credentialing?

Credentialing is a voluntary examination process that formally recognizes the advanced knowledge and skills of nurses within the specialty of gastroenterology.  It is a useful benchmarking tool for both advanced practice nurses and employers.

Benefits of Being a Credentialed Gastroenterology Nurse include:

  • Recognition as an advanced practice gastroenterology nurse
  • Personal satisfaction for professional growth and self validation
  • Opens opportunities to professional advancement and opportunities
  • Demonstrates dedication and commitment to the field of gastroenterology
  • The satisfaction of delivering quality patient care through an increased knowledge base
  • Opportunities to be involved in exam development and the application process
  • Involvement in consultative processes for COGEN matter/changes

Why Should You Credential?

The credentialing process:

  • Identifies gastroenterology nurses who have achieved a high standard of practice in their field
  • Enhances quality patient care through knowledge of evidence-based practice and research
  • Demonstrates to the consumer and the employer a commitment and dedication to the profession
  • Promotes personal satisfaction and a sense of achievement in the credentialed nurse

Who Can Credential?

Registered and endorsed enrolled nurses working in the field of gastroenterology/endoscopy/Hepatology with two years full time experience or equivalent post-graduate qualifications. 

What is Involved in Becoming Credentialed?

The exam process is a self-directed study program.  The process of becoming credentialed has two pathways.  They are:

  1. Sitting and passing a 4 hour, 200 question multiple-choice paper based on clinical scenarios.  This requires a pass mark of 73%.
  2. As an academic entry for those nurses who have completed the Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Endoscopy, the UQ Graduate Certificate in gastroenterology or an Acute Care Grad Cert with a clinical focus on gastroenterology within their assignments.  This needs to have been completed within the 10 years prior to application.  Further to this application there is a requirement to provide a portfolio, peer reviews x 3, verification of work hours – refer to handbook.

How Do You Start the Process?

  • Download the credentialing handbook 
  • Contact the COGEN President for further information if required – Lynn Rapley 0438 567 934 or
  • Complete the application templates from handbook and submit as directed in handbook
  • Purchase or obtain the most recent edition of the textbook.  This is available for purchase from COGEN.

Additional information

Study manual (optional) – available for purchase through COGEN

Reading list – on GENCA website for download at the end of the handbook

Portal – access to COGEN directors and other examination candidates

Grants – are available through GENCA twice a year (see GENCA website for details). COGEN also has education scholarships from Device Technologies.  The COGEN scholarships are available to the first 2 candidates from each state that have registered and paid.  This money includes the cost of the examination and the textbook and will be reimbursed following completion of the examination.

Testimonials from previous Olympus Nurse of the Year recipients - click here

Olympus award - $2,500 for 1st place, $1000 for 2nd place and $500 for 3rd place however 2nd and 3rd placings are dependent on number of successful candidates per year. 

Nominals - You will hold the title of ACGEN (Australian Credentialed Gastroenterology Nurse) or ACGEEN (Australian Credentialed Gastroenterology Endorsed Enrolled Nurse) for a period of 3 years. 

What is required to Recredential?

During your 3rd year, COGEN will send out an invitation for your submission to retain your nominal.  This will involve the development of a clinical portfolio for the past 3 years and verification of your recency of practice hours.  A one-page reflection of your clinical practice from the past year will also be required.  You will need to download the recredentialing handbooks (2) from the GENCA website and complete the application forms and reporting templates then submit them to the COGEN President as per the handbook. 

The COGEN Board will assess the portfolio and if validated, your credential will be continued for a further 3 years. 

Some submissions will be audited as a quality control process.

Additional Information

The Robyn Harvey Award is given to a COGEN Board chosen individual who submits an application worthy of this award.  This award is based on passion to the field of gastroenterology, the provision of knowledge, dedication to both clinical and professional settings, mentorship, leadership and a well-presented application.  This award will be presented during the award ceremony at AGW.  There is also a reimbursement of your application fee.