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Alternate Maintenance

Alternate Maintenance

For those who do not wish to take the continuing competency assessment, there is an alternate maintenance option available.

To view the details and/or select the alternative maintenance approach, sign in to your account and go to your on-line maintenance application by clicking the Add, track or Submit Your CE link in the Maintain Your Certification section on the home page of the NCC website. Click on the button for the certification specialty  you want to maintain via alternate maintenance to see the details and to make the selection to use alternate maintenance for your maintenance option.     

No alternate maintenance applications will be accepted any earlier than 6 months prior to the maintenance due date.

The process will entail the following (subject to change) 

It will be required that you select the alternate maintenance process by signing a statement of declaration that you have voluntarily opted out of the continuing competency initiative before you enter your online maintenance application.


  • 50 hours of CE is required which is assigned to each of the designated competency area for the specific certification specialty. An alternate education plan will be generated and will need to be followed.
  • You can use CE any time earned during your 3 year certification cycle.
  • The fee is $175 and no discounts will be afforded for taking any NCC CE modules.
  • There are no refunds on the $175 fee.
  • All CE activities will need to be documented by uploading a copy of each educational activity 's curriculum in PDF format including any NCC CE module.  They will not be automatically posted to your account.
  • A copy of each certificate of completion will also have to be provided in PDF format which will show title, date, accreditor and amount of CE
  • You must list each CE activity including, title accreditor and number of hours awarded must be completed
  • Each activity must match the uploaded documentation otherwise it will not be accepted.
  • Only CE will be accepted for meeting maintenance requirements.
  • Activities such as preceptorship, presentation of educational sessions etc. will not be accepted.
  • All CE must be accredited by agencies recognized by NCC
  • If individuals fail to maintain under this alternate option and qualify for reinstatement, the filing requirements for reinstatement will mimic those of alternate maintenance.
  • It will take four weeks for these applications to be processed.