Specialty Certification Differential (CDF)
The purpose of the specialty certification differential is to provide tangible (financial) recognition to nurses who are certified by a University- recognized professional organization, Board or Agency.
A nurse is eligible for certification differential if she/he:
- Is in a career position (50% or greater FTE)
- Maintains current certification
- Is certified by a University-recognized professional organization, Board or Agency.
Classifications For Which The CDF Applies
- Nurses in the Registered Nurse Unit represented by the California Nurses Association Agreement
- Non-represented Registered Nurses in the following classifications:
- Administrative Nurse II
- Administrative Nurse I- Supervisor
- Clinical Nurse IV- Supervisor
- Clinical Nurse III- Supervisor
- Clinical Nurse II- Supervisor
- Principal Nurse Anesthetist
- Nurse Practitioner III- Supervisor
- Nurse Practitioner II- Supervisor
NOTE: Certification by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) as Nurse Practitioners or as Clinical Nurse Specialists is a requirement to use these job titles.
These certifications by the BRN do not qualify for the CDF. Non-exempt Practitioners who are certified in a specialty are eligible for the CDF in recognition of the specialty certification.
Dollar Amount Of CDF
Qualifying full-time career nurses will receive $100.00 per month, and qualifying part-time career nurses will receive a prorated amount on the basis of the appointment rate.