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Continuing competency specialty assessment

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions

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What happens if I get 7.5 specialty index in all content areas?

Your CE requirement would then be 15 contact hours in your certification specialty area, the specified topics would be of your choosing.

What if there is no CE in my area in the content area the test indicates I need?

The NCC Self Assessment Program will provide CE for all areas but no one is required to use NCC Self Assessment to meet the CE requirements.

What will happen if I don't take the test in time and don't have enough time to meet my CE requirements.

The same options will be available to you as they are now. If you need additional time, then you can request an extension for a fee. If you don't file your maintenance on time, you will have one year to reinstate for a fee.

If I don't earn CE in the required areas but have at least 50 hours, can I still maintain?

No, you have to meet both the hour and content requirements. If you don't, you will have to extend or reinstate whichever applies.

If I take the test and get a 7.5 specialty index in all areas, I really only have to earn 10 contact hours to maintain my certification?

Yes, that is correct. While the requirement is 15 contact hours, because you earn 5 contact hours for the test, that makes your CE commitment 10 contact hours in the certification specialty area of your choosing.

Who will have access to my specialty index report?

The report is only for your personal use. It is not shared with anyone or any organization. Its sole purpose is to give you feedback to assist you in designing your learning plan for maintenance. A copy will be maintained in your account on the NCC website for your future review.

The following applies beginning in Stage 2 of the Continuing Competency Initiative.

What if I don't want to take the assessment test?

While we highly encourage you to participate, you can opt out but your CE requirements will be increased to 50 hours and they must be earned in all content areas of your specialty see the continuing competency brochure. The maintenance fee will be $175 and you will be required to submit documentation of your activities in a PDF format for upload to the NCC website. No NCC self assessment price discounts will apply.

Why is there a higher fee if I don't take the assessment test?

In order for NCC to assess that you have maintained competency in the major certification competencies, we will have to review your certificates which takes more resources and time to accomplish. The cost for that will be borne by the individual.

Technical questions

Please see the technical requirements and troubleshooting section.