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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)

COMPUTER EXAM: 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 "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 license and the website if it is from a verification portal. 

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 2018-2020)
 

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 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 the results be disseminated?

  • NO RESULTS ARE PROVIDED IMMEDIATELY AFTER TESTING FOR ANY EXAM FORMAT. After completing the examination, an email will be sent by the testing company explaining how test results can be obtained. 
  • Official results, with the score report, will be mailed from NCC within 15 business days of computer exam administration (date of certification is based on the date on the official results, not the exam date). 21 business days for paper/pencil exams.
  • When new forms of an exam or new test grids are developed official results can take up to 21 BUSINESS days. 
  • You are not certified until you receive your official results in the USPS mail.
  • Test result reports are NOT available by phone or email, but pass/fail status only can be seen in your account after the official results have been mailed. If you see the results in your account or get notification from NCC you can expect to receive the full score report in the mail. 
  • NCC reserves the right to cancel test scores when there is reason to believe that scores are invalid. Proof of misconduct is not required to cancel scores.

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 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.