Invested in your success - NCC offers a "Second Chance Free"

Second Chance FREE Promotion: For all NCC Certification applications submitted between 4/15/2024 and 7/15/2024 by 11:59 PM Central Standard Time (CST). (If you are planning to register for the NNP or LRN examinations, please find additional requirements for a second chance free for these at the bottom of this page)

A second chance free promotion is being offered for a limited time only. (If you have a bulk voucher make sure you use the "Register with a bulk voucher" on the certification tab so you can use the voucher code. You will still receive the second chance free based on the guidelines below. To register with the bulk voucher code click here all others register below)

NCC is offering a "Second Chance Free" promotion for all those who submit a certification application between April 15, 2024, and July 15, 2024, until 11:59 pm CST, and are found eligible for the NCC examination. You must register for the examination and pay the registration fee during this time frame.  For a limited time, if you are not successful in achieving certification on your first examination attempt, you can apply to retake the same NCC Certification examination for a second attempt for free. (Please note, if you registered for an exam before April 15, 2024, you do not have a second chance free promotion). 

If you registered during the promotion time frame and are not successful on your first attempt, you will be eligible to reapply for the same certification examination after a 90-day wait period and your fee for the second attempt will be waived.  Candidates who fail on the first attempt have 12 months from the date they tested to register again for the same examination and receive their second chance free.  To receive the second chance free, you must be signed into your account,  use the link to apply for the exam again within the account, and then complete the application process to demonstrate continued compliance with all eligibility requirements. The fee will only be waived if you apply for the same certification.

Offer to reapply at no cost is only valid for the 12 months following your first unsuccessful examination attempt. Please note, there is a 90-day waiting period after an examination attempt before you can register again.  A voucher code will not be provided and should not be used when applying for a second attempt. Once signed in to the account the registration process should be done using the "register for an exam" link on the Certification home page or directly from the link in your account.  The policy for retesting including the 90-day wait to register is within this 12-month time frame. 

This offer won’t last long so register here starting April 15, 2024.

  • Offer applies to certification applications submitted between April 15, 2024, through July 15, 2024, by 11:59 pm CST, and subsequently approved.
  • Applies to NCC Core and Subspecialty certifications (For the NNP certification examination and LRN examination, please see additional information and requirements regarding registration and testing below).
  • To take advantage of the second chance free promotion, candidates must be signed into their accounts, submit another application, and re-establish eligibility.
  • Candidates must wait 90 days after the day the first examination was taken to register again.
  • If an applicant files earlier than 90 days from the failed test date, the application will be denied.
  • Candidates who wish to claim this offer must submit a new examination registration within one year of the day the first examination was taken. The candidate must be signed in and register for the same certification exam to have the registration fee waived.  After that time, the offer will no longer be valid
  • The promotion is not transferable to other certifications or other people
  • Examinations for any NCC Certification can only be taken twice in a calendar
  • If you fail to pass the examination on your first attempt, you will be provided a second chance free when you apply again for the same examination. Payment will not be requested, and candidates must be sure to sign in to the same account as their previous application. The second chance free is automatically applied to the registration application but the candidate must be signed in.  If you are asked for payment, you should abandon the registration and contact NCC to verify eligibility. Those eligible for the second chance free should not be asked for payment. Make sure you have logged in when you go to register. Candidates who register again and pay a registration fee will not receive a refund. Please see the information on the partial amount of refund with withdrawals.
  • All NCC policies and procedures for registration and examinations apply to this promotion.

SECOND CHANCE FREE for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Low-Risk Neonatal Intensive Care Certification Examination Registrations.

Every 5 years NCC conducts a national job analysis and surveys professionals in the field to ensure the certification examinations are current, evidence-based, and reflect practice. The examinations are updated if needed based on the survey response and new examinations are launched.  NCC must wait until enough candidates register and take the examination to complete the standard setting and determine the cut score for the new examinations.  This process can delay test scoring for 21 days or longer. The second chance, free promotion for all certifications is being provided to meet the needs of these two examinations for standard-setting purposes. The registration windows for the NNP and LRN examinations require testing windows that open on a set date and that only provide a 60-day testing window.  Those taking NNP and LRN examinations will have delayed scoring and enough candidates must test in the first 30 days to keep this delay to a minimum.

1. The offer applies to the NNP and LRN examination applications submitted between April 15, 2024, and July 15, 2024, by 11:59 pm CST, and subsequently approved.
2.  The testing window for the NNP and LRN examinations opens on May 15, 2024, to ensure enough registrations are received and testing is completed in a shorter window.
3.  The testing window to take the examination is 60 days and candidates need to schedule their test within the first 30 days if possible.
4.  Scoring will be delayed until there are enough test takers to complete the standard-setting process.


The offer to reapply at no cost is only valid for the 12 months following your first unsuccessful examination attempt. Please note, there is a 90-day waiting period after an examination attempt before you can register again. The second chance free is automatically applied when you are signed into your account and then complete the registration.  If you are asked for any payment information you should not complete the application and contact NCC as stated above. There are no refunds if you pay for the examination instead of using the second chance for free.