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Available certification exams


∗∗Click on the links below for more information on the exams. Please note that you will need a copy of your license to register for an exam.

Subspecialties (Interprofessional Exams)

(ABOG-approved EFM certification to meet the annual Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV) MOC requirement 2018-2020)

Core certification

Nurse Practitioner certification

NCCA & ABSNC ACCREDITATION:
NCC Core and subspecialty certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for a five year period through March 2020.

NCC nurse practitioner certification programs are accredited by both the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) for a five year period through October 2021  and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for a five year period through March 2020.


Important Information and Links

How will results be disseminated?

  • After completing the examination, a preliminary score report will be issued at the test site.
  • These results are not official. Official results will be mailed from NCC within 21 days of exam administration (date of certification is based on the date on the official results not the exam date).
  • Test scores are NOT available by phone or on the NCC website.

Verification of certification

  • Verification of certification status to third parties cannot be made until after the official results are received in the mail.
  • Verifications are done ONLY through the online verification system. There are fees for sending verifications. This process is initiated by the certified professional. This verification is for primary source verification, meaning the entity requesting the verification requires the verification to come from NCC directly and not the individual certified professional. 
  • NCC does not send verifications to state boards of nursing or any other entity automatically. The individual holding the NCC certification must initiate the verification process via the online verification system.
  • Verification of eligibility to test should be submitted with the registration application or can be submitted separately. There is no fee for this service. This is not a verification of certification.
  • Official documentation of the NCC certification is available to the individual certified professional at any time free of charge from their NCC account on the NCC website.  This information is password protected. To access, the individual must first sign in with their email and password.

Retesting

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If you wish to retest:

  • You must wait 90 days from the day of your last test date to apply
  • You must submit another application with full documentation
  • You must pay the current examination fee
  • If an applicant files earlier than 90 days from the last test date, the application will be returned. The applicant will be subject to the $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • The exam can only be taken TWICE in a calendar year
  • There is no limit on how many times an individual can retest