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Maintain your certification

Is my CE acceptable? - Specialty Codes

The NCC maintenance program is designed to show that each certified professional has maintained knowledge in their core certification specialty.   Core certification specialty knowledge is based on what is tested on the certification or subspecialty examinations and what is covered on the exam content outline.

Content topics and their specialty can be accessed below by selecting your certification specialty.   Codes for other activities such as preceptorship, educational presentations, being author etc., are listed under other codes.

The keywords are GENERAL AND BROAD REFLECT TOPICS NOT COURSE TITLES.   So if you take a course on epidural anesthesia, it may fall under the key word pain management, or a course on neonatal skin rashes will fall under skin disorders or a course on  Improving communication among health care providers will fall under patient safety.

A secondary source is to look at is the content outline for the specific certification in the Candidate Guides. 

If you are still unsure about the eligibility of your CE hours, you can get them officially approved with our maintenance pre-approval form for a fee of $25.

How use the coding portal.

  1. Review your CE activity. Is it in your certification specialty? In order to be used for maintenance, your CE must relate to content tested on the certification examination. This reflects your core certification knowledge competencies.
  2. Select a core competency area that is most related to the CE activity for which you are seeking clarification (ex. A course on electronic fetal monitoring would fall under Fetal Assessment - Code 1) and review the topics covered within the code.
  3. If you did not find a topic covering your CE, browse the keyword listings. Remember, keywords are general and broad, specific topics might fit under a general category.

Choose a certification specialty

» Ambulatory Women's Health Care Nurse
» High Risk Obstetric Nurse
» Inpatient Obstetric Nurse
» Low Risk Neonatal Nurse
» Maternal Newborn Nurse
» Maternal/Gynecological/Neonatal Nurse
» Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse
» Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
» Reproductive Endocrinology Nurse
» Telephone Nursing Practice
» Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner

Choose a certification subspecialty

» Breastfeeding
» Electronic Fetal Monitoring
» Gynecologic Reproductive Health for the Advanced Practice Nurse
» Menopause Clinician
» Menopause Educator
» Neonatal Pediatric Transport
» Obstetrics for the Advanced Practice Nurse


» Other NCC codes