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Extensions

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If you cannot maintain by your maintenance due date, either by continuing education or re-examination, you can request a one time only, three-month extension. This extends the time needed to file, it does NOT change your current maintenance  or next maintenance due date. Your certification is considered lapsed during the extension period.   Any requests for verification of credentialed status during this extension period will be reported as lapsed. You can use continuing education earned in the extension period to maintain the extended credential—but cannot use the same CE for your next maintenance cycle.

The 3 month extension due date will align with the next NCC maintenance due date. The extension request must be filed online ONLY by midnight Central Standard Time on your maintenance due date. All requests for extensions require a $30 service fee,  There are no refunds for extension requests. Extension requests received after the deadline will not be honored. Those individuals will need to reinstate in order to maintenance their credential.

The extension fee can be made by either credit card or check at the NCC website. 

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Reinstatement of Lapsed NCC Credential

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A reinstatement program is available for individuals who failed to maintain their certification by their maintenance due date. The reinstatement program allows professionals formally credentialed by NCC to come back into the system without re-examination. This program is time sensitive and must be completed within the 12 month period following the missed maintenance date and by that quarter’s due date (see below for specific dates). You must submit the application by midnight central standard time.

Reinstatement Due Dates for 2017:
If lapsed on June 15, 2016 - reinstatement application must be submitted by June 15, 2017.
If lapsed on September 15, 2016 - reinstatement application must be submitted by September 15, 2017.
If lapsed on December 15, 2016 - reinstatement application must be submitted by December 15, 2017.
If lapsed on March 15, 2017 - reinstatement application must be submitted by March 15, 2018.

In order to reinstate:

  • You must complete all maintenance requirements
  • For core certification, you will  need to complete a 50 hour education plan earning CE in all core competency areas.  Any previous education plan generated when the certification was active will not apply.
  • For subspecialty certificates, you will need to complete 15 hours of CE in the subspecialty area.
  • Pay the reinstatement fee ($215 for core certifications, $145 for subspecialty certifications)
  • Payment can be by credit card or check at the NCC website.
  • Submit your request online by the due date stated above

Please note:

  • Your credential is lapsed until you reinstate—your credential is NOT extended
  • Verification of your certification or subspecialty certification will be reported as lapsed until you reinstate.
  • Reinstatement applications must be filed online—no mail in applications will be accepted.
  • There are no refunds for any reinstatement fees.
  • This program is time sensitive and must be completed within the 12 month period following the missed maintenance date and by that quarter’s due date (see above for specific dates).
  • If you fail to file within the stated time period, you can ONLY regain your credentialed status by reexamination (if available) and you must meet the current eligibility criteria.
  • You can use CE earned during the reinstatement period for this maintenance cycle—but cannot use the same CE for you next maintenance cycle.
  • Reinstatement does not extend your next maintenance cycle—if successfully reinstated, the next maintenance date remains unchanged from the original maintenance due date.

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