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Certification and certificate maintenance

When am I due?

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To view your maintenance due date

  • Sign into your NCC website account with your email and password
  • Go to your website account
  • Select your certifications
  • Your current expiration date will be displayed
  • You can view or print your official documentation of  your NCC credential in card or certificate format

Maintenance due dates have changed and are now on the 15th!

Maintenance due dates are assigned on a quarterly system based on when the NCC credential was initially awarded. NCC credentials are due on March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15. 

What are the maintenance fees?

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Core (RNC and NP) certification maintenance costs $100.* If you have used the NCC CE modules to earn continuing education in accordance with total hours of your education plan then the following discounts to your maintenance fee apply:

  • Earn 15 hours, maintenance fee = $80
  • Earn 30  hours, maintenance fee = $70
  • Earn 45  hours, maintenance fee = $60

Please note that the 5 hours you receive for taking the specialty assessment are not part of this discount program. 

Subspecialty (EFM, NPT, etc.)  certification maintenance fee is $45.  There are no reduced fee options for your subspecialty certification maintenance application.  Subspecialty certifications include EFM, Neonatal Pediatric Transport and those listed in the Subspecialty Legacy Maintenance booklet.

NCC only accepts maintenance via online submission at the NCC website under Maintain Your Certification section.

There are no refunds for maintenance fees.

How does core certification maintenance work?

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All core certifications must be maintained every three years, through continuing education. 

All applications are subject to review and approval.  The maintenance process is not automatic.  Once you submit, your application will be reviewed for compliance with the maintenance requirements.  This process can take up to four weeks based on volume of applications received.

Continuing Education & Employment Requirement

You must take the assessment at the beginning of each maintenance cycle.  This provides you with the educational plan needed to meet your maintenance requirements.  All CE requirements are individualized to you via the assessment's education plan.  There are NO standard requirements any longer.   Education plans can vary in CE requirements of 10 to 50 hours.   CE cannot be earned and applied until you take your assessment so you should take as early as possible in your maintenance cycle.

If you plan to opt out of taking the assessment, you must participate in alternate maintenance. Please read carefully about this process.

EMPLOYMENT

There is no employment requirement to maintain either an RNC or NP-BC certification.


For Core Maintenance:

  • Take the continuing competency assessment as soon as possible in your maintenance cycle
  • Earn CE based on your education plan generated from the continuing competency assessment.  The education plan will tell you how much CE you need and in what competency areas.  You must meet the CE in each core competency area designated as well as total hours.
  • No CE earned prior to taking the assessment can be used for maintenance
  • Earn 5 hours of CE for taking the assessment.  You can apply these 5 hours to any core competency area.
  • Document and code your CE specialty hours in your online maintenance application.  Your online maintenance application can be accessed at any time at the Add/Track or Submit link and this is where you should enter your CE activities.  You can do that as it is earned or once you are ready to maintain. 
  • Complete and submit your maintenance application online at the NCC website before midnight CST on your due date
  • Note processing time can be up to 4 weeks depending on close to the deadline you submit your application.  If you need your certification active on day 1 of your new cycle submit your application early (at least 3 weeks prior to your due date).
  • Pay the appropriate fee

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE AT THE NCC WEBSITE - click here to Add/Track or Submit to your application 

 

Core RNC or NP-BC 

Registered Nurse Certified or Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified


What are the requirements for core maintenance?

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  • The number of hours and the nature of the CE needed to maintain is determined by the education plan derived from the continuing competency assessment.  You must meet both total hours designated insuring that the specified hours in each of the stated core competency areas are met.  As CE is entered into the maintenance application the number of hours will change to reflect the core areas that CE is meeting. 

  • CE requirements for maintenance can be as little as 10 hours but no more than 45 hours (50 minus the 5 for assessment).  All CE must be in accordance with your education plan and earned AFTER the assessment has been taken.

Step 1

  • Take the continuing competency assessment early in your maintenance cycle.  Link to the assessment is on the home page of the website, Take Assessment.  You should take the assessment at the start of each maintenance cycle when you are assigned a new maintenance due date.    If you file early, the assessment is available to you starting 90 days from the start of your new maintenance cycle.  While you can take the assessment during this time, you cannot earn any CE until the first day of  your new maintenance cycle.

  • If you plan to opt out of taking the assessment, you must participate in alternate maintenance. Please read carefully about this process

Step 2

  • Review your education plan.  Your plan resides in your online website account and your online maintenance application.  The plan in your maintenance application will track your CE entries that you manually enter or that are  posted by NCC if you use  NCC CE modules.  The plan will show you how the education hours required are being met.  Select Add/Track or Submit link on the NCC website's home page to view the online maintenance.  You can review and enter CE in to  your application at any time. You can enter CE as you earn it. Use the coding books to code your CE.

  • To access your plan select - go to your maintenance application 

Step 3

  • Earn the CE in accordance with your plan. All CE must be accredited by agencies recognized by NCC

  • Enter your CE in your online maintenance application. Select add/track or submit link on NCC website home page to access the application.

  • You can enter CE activities as you earn them on an ongoing basis. 

  • ONLY CE earned AFTER you have taken the assessment can be applied to maintenance

Step 4

  • Submit your CE  as recorded in your online maintenance application and pay the appropriate fee no later than 12 Midnight (central time) at the NCC website.  All applications must be submitted online.  Select, add, track or submit your CE link on the home page of the NCC website to submit your application. 
  • The earliest that you can submit your application is one year before your maintenance due date. 
  •  Filing early does not change your next maintenance due date or when you can start earning CE.   You can take your assessment 3 months prior to the certification cycle start if you file early but again, CE cannot be earned until your new cycle starts.
  • It can take up to four weeks for an application to be reviewed and approved based on volume of applications received so plan accordingly.   Average turnaround (not peak times i.e. end of each cycle) is about 7 business days.  You will receive an email confirmation of the receipt of your maintenance application and when your file is updated it will appear in your NCC website account (under Your Certifications) first.  You will also receive a notice in the mail. 
  • Do not request a verification of your certification until you have seen the new certification dates in your account. 

Individuals who hold an RNC credential that is no longer offered by NCC or hold a subspecialty certificate are not required to participate in the continuing competency initiative.   Maintenance requirements remains at 45 hours for core (RNC) certifications and 15 hours for subspecialty certificate.  All hours must relate to your certification specialty area. 

Visit the Continuing Competency section for full details of this process.


How does subspecialty certification maintenance work?

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All  subspecialty certifications must be maintained every three years, through continuing education.

All applications are subject to review and approval. The maintenance process is not automatic. Once you submit, your application will be reviewed for compliance with the maintenance requirements. This process can take up to four weeks based on volume of applications received

These requirements apply to those who hold a subspecialty certification in EFM and Neonatal Pediatric Transport.

The following subspecialty certificates are no longer offered but can still be maintained by participating in the maintenance programs.  These include:  Breastfeeding, Menopause Clinician or Educator, Gynecologic Reproductive Health and Obstetrics for Advanced Practitioners

EFM: The ABOG MOC standards now allow participation in ABOG-approved EFM Certification to meet the annual Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV) MOC requirement. This course has been approved to meet ABOG Improvement in Medical Practice requirements for 2016 -2018.

Upon achieving NCC EFM Certification or maintaining NCC EFM Certification diplomates will be awarded one year of Part IV credit to their personal ABOG dashboard. Part IV credit can be earned in the year of initial certification for 2016-2018. MOC Part IV credit can also be granted in the year that you provide CE documentation for certification maintenance  - if certification is maintained 2016-2018.

Please review the 2017 MOC Bulletin at https://www.abog.org/Bulletins/current/MOC.BULLETIN.pdf for further information. If you do not want us to verify your EFM certification to ABOG for Part IV MOC credit please email us at info@nccnet.org.

Continuing education

  • Earn 15 hours of continuing education in your credentialed specialty area
  • You can use the same CE for multiple certifications if applicable but you cannot use the same CE twice to maintain a single NCC credential in the same maintenance cycle  
  • All CE must be accredited by an agency recognized by NCC
  • Document and code your CE specialty hours on your online maintenance application
  • Complete and submit your CE at the NCC website before midnight CST on your due date
  • Pay the appropriate fee
  • It can take up to four weeks for an application to be reviewed and approved based on volume of applications received so plan accordingly. Average turnaround (not peak times i.e. end of each cycle) is about 7 business days.
  • You will receive an email confirmation of the receipt of your maintenance application and when your file is updated it will appear in your NCC website account (under Your Certifications) first.
  • You will also receive a notice in the mail
  • Beginning in 2017 NCC will submit all Physician names who are EFM certified to ABOG MOC unless you request to opt out of this option.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE AT THE NCC WEBSITE - click here add/track or submit your CE 

Go to your maintenance application 

Complete details can be found in one of the subspecialty maintenance booklets below.

 

C-EFM

Electronic Fetal Monitoring subspecialty certification

 

 

C-NPT

Neonatal Pediatric Transport subspecialty certification

 

 

Subspecialty

Other subspecialty certifications
Subspecialty Legacy Maintenance: If you fail to maintain or reinstatement, retesting is not an option because the exams are no longer given and your certification will permanently lapse.


LEGACY CERTIFICATIONS

These are  core certifications that are no longer offered by NCC but you still have an opportunity to maintain them by participating in the maintenance program.  These include Ambulatory Women's Health Care Nursing, High Risk Obstetric Nursing, Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility Nursing and Telephone Nursing Practice. This also includes the ANA-MCH/NCC certification program from the 1970s.

  • Your CE requirements are 45 hours in your certification specialty
  • Document and code your CE specialty hours in your online maintenance application
  • Complete and submit your maintenance application online at the NCC website before midnight CST on your due date
  • Pay the appropriate fee
  • It can take up to four weeks for an application to be reviewed and approved based on volume of applications received so plan accordingly. Average turnaround (not peak times i.e. end of each cycle) is about 7 business days. You will receive an email confirmation of the receipt of your maintenance application and when your file is updated it will appear in your NCC website account (under Your Certifications) first. You will also receive a notice in the mail
  • If you fail to maintain or reinstate, retesting is not an option because the exams are no longer given and your certification  will permanently lapse.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE 

  Go to your maintenance application 

Core Legacy

Registered Nurse

 

 

Multiple certifications

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If you are maintaining more than one NCC certification and/or a subspecialty certificate, you must submit a separate application and fee for each certification/certificate. If applicable, you may use the same continuing education credit for multiple certifications.


Am I eligible for NCC-E emeritus status?

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The NCC-E credential provides special recognition for the accomplishments of  PERMANENTLY RETIRED RNCs and NP-BCs made during the active part of their nursing careers.  Please note if you elect to become an NCC-E you cannot revert back to certification status without retesting which will require to meet current eligibility criteria which may be different than when you were originally certified.

Who's eligible?

  • Any NCC-certified nurse or nurse practitioner who is permanently retired from active employment in nursing.
  • Those who have retired but continue to volunteer their nursing skills are eligible to apply.
  • If a nurse who applied for NCC-E status returns to active nursing, they can only regain RNC or NP-BC status through successful re-examination. Current eligibility criteria must be met.
  • This category is designed for those who have retired from nursing and never intend to use their certification professionally again.
  • Please note there is no inactive status available.  You must maintain an active license to maintain certification or you can reinstate up to one year after your certification expires.  After that time, you  must retest meeting all current exam eligibility criteria which may be different than when you were first certified. 

What are the benefits of NCC-E status?

  • Use of the NCC-E credential
  • Continue to receive  NCC communications
  • Eligible for RNC/NP-BC discounts on NCC products and services
  • NCC-E certificate suitable for framing

How much does it cost?

A nonrefundable $30.00 fee for a three-year cycle.

How do I apply?

You can apply for your NCC-E status by completing the online application and paying the $30 fee.

Click Here to access the online NCC-E Application!

Continue to be recognized…apply for your NCC-E status today!

If you plan to retire or have retired, you can notify us of your status by emailing info@nccnet.org.

How do I Tell You I'm Retired and Don't Plan to Keep My Certification

There is no need for official notification.  Once your expiration date is reached, your certification will lapse if you don't maintain.  However, you will still receive email notices until one year following your certification expiration.  You can ignore those notices.    Or you can email info@nccnet.org to have your record marked as an early lapse but we need that information in a formal request via email to do so.

What if I want to put my certification on inactive status?

INACTIVE STATUS

NCC has no inactive status.  You must have an active license to maintain.   If you fail to maintain, you will have one year to reinstate without retesting.  After that time, you will have to retest to regain your NCC credentialing and meet all current exam eligibility criteria which may be different than when you were first certified.