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IF YOU HAVE A CODE/VOUCHER from your institution (ICP), are taking the exam with PEC or have a bulk voucher code make sure you register under the "Special testing opportunities" (See link on right side of the page).
Available certification exams for Computer Testing:
Computer Test Center
Live Remote Proctoring (For a Limited Time Only)
Below are available certifications for Computer Examinations. All NCC exams are offered at Computer Testing Centers. Please note that with the current pandemic sites may open and close canceling appointments. The closest site may be several hours away. Usually, there are sites within 2-4 hours but this can change. See the information in the Test Guide. Please note that Test Centers re-open. Test centers are only working at 50% capacity due to social distancing rules and seating is limited. If you choose this mode of delivery please be sure you can travel to the test center and that you schedule early. Click here for a list of the open test centers near you "OPEN TEST CENTERS".LIVE REMOTE PROCTORING
: Eight of the 11 exams are also offered by Live Remote Proctoring for a limited time only. The links below will take you to more information about the exam and methods of testing. PLEASE NOTE YOU NEED A COPY OF YOUR LICENSE OR STATE BOARD VERIFICATION FROM THE VERIFICATION PORTAL TO REGISTER FOR AN EXAM.
- You are required to upload a copy of your license or license verification from the licensing board that includes the Licensing state, your name, type of license, expiration of the license and the website if it is from a verification portal.
- The majority of nursing licenses can be obtained at Nursys.com. The remaining licenses can be obtained from the licensing board in your state. Helpful directions for using Nursys: GUIDE TO NURSYS
Available certification exams for LIVE REMOTE PROCTORING.
Eight of NCC's exams will be offered through Live Remote Proctoring (LRP) for a limited time during the Pandemic starting on 4/23/2020. The two newest subspecialty exams are unable to be offered using LRP. (See below). Read more about LRP at
Testing with Live Remote Proctoring
NEW Subspecialties (Care of the Extremely Low Birth Weight Neonate, Neonatal Neuro-Intensive Care and Obstetric and Neonatal Quality and Safety) ***These cannot be taken using Live Remote Proctoring.
The NEW Obstetric and Neonatal Quality and Safety Exam will be rolled out in two phases. Candidates who test in Phase I or II will receive a second chance free if they fail to pass on their first attempt. Read more about it here. ONQS Detail Page
Please review detailed information about these two new subspecialty exams.
Subspecialties (Interprofessional Exams) (May test with LRP for a limited time only)
(ABOG-approved EFM certification to meet the annual Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV) MOC requirement 2018-2022)
Core certification (May test with LRP for a limited time only)
Nurse Practitioner certification (May test with LRP for a limited time only)
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 31, 2025.
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 March31, 2025.
Important Information and Links
How will the results be disseminated?
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.
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If you wish to retest:
- You must wait 90 days from the date the exam was scored for all computer or paper/pencil exams to register again. (this date is provided in your results notification)
- If you have difficulties testing using Live Remote Proctoring you will have to retest at a Computer Test Center.
- 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 date the exam was scored, the application will be determined ineligible. 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
The ability to retest is intended to decrease the probability that a candidate will be incorrectly classified as not meeting the knowledge competencies for the certification. The retesting policy is designed to prevent unwarranted score gains in the professional certification exams. The 90-day window between testing is used to minimize the impact of test security and exposure to the exam. Failing candidates should use the results report and the performance indicators to identify areas where additional study may be needed before retesting.
Internet Disconnection, power outages, or site issues during an exam:
- If you start the exam and are disconnected please use the PSI tech lines if you are testing with LRP or if at a test center please discuss with the proctor to attempt to get reconnected and continue testing.
- If you are unable to get reconnected after starting the exam, the timing for a second attempt to take the exam will be based on how much time and how many questions you were exposed to. If you are disconnected and cannot be reconnected and have tested for under 15 minutes and were exposed to less than 10% of the exam you will be rescheduled within your current eligibility window. You must work directly with PSI that day to reschedule and if you run into any issues you must notify NCC within 3 days of testing. If you tested for longer than 15 minutes and/or saw more than 10% of the questions on the exam you will have to wait 90 days and will be rescheduled. A decision on the timing of your second attempt will be made after reviewing the test exposure. Please note, you will need to retest at a computer center. Please notify NCC when you arrive home from the test site.
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