Maintain your certification

All NCC certifications are valid for three years.  To maintain your certification you should enter required CE earned during your maintenance cycle into your maintenance application.  If you use NCC CE modules, they are automatically entered into your maintenance application and you can review them at any time.  You can enter your maintenance application as often as you like to review your maintenance requirements.  Click on “Maintenance Application/Add CE” to go to your maintenance application.  It will require that you login.

NCC makes every effort to apprise individuals that their certification maintenance is coming due. NCC does this out of courtesy, not as a matter of obligation. It is up to the individual certified to know when it is time to maintain. During the course of the year prior to the maintenance due date and based on information submitted by the certified individual, NCC makes an effort to alert those affected of their maintenance due date via email. It is your responsibility to ensure your email is up-to-date at all times.

For more information on maintaining your certification click below on your type of certification (Core or Sub-specialty).

Core certifications

  • Inpatient Obstetric Nursing (RNC-OB®)
  • Maternal Newborn Nursing (RNC-MNN®)
  • Low Risk Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing (RNC-LRN®)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing (RNC-NIC®

    Legacy core certifications
  • Ambulatory Women's Health Care Nurse (RNC-AWHC)
  • Telephone Nursing Practice (RNC-TNP)
  • Reproductive Endocrinology Nurse (RNC-REIN)
  • Maternal/Gynecological/Neonatal Nurse (RNC-JP)
  • High Risk Obstetric Nurse (RNC-HROB)

Core Nurse practitioner certifications

  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP-BC®)
  • Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WHNP-BC®)

Subspecialty certification

  • Electronic Fetal Monitoring (C-EFM®)
  • Neonatal Pediatric Transport (C-NPT®)
  • Care of the Extremely Low Birth Weight Neonate (C-ELBW)
  • Neonatal Neuro-Intensive Care (C-NNIC)
  • Obstetric and Neonatal Quality and Safety (C-ONQS)

    Subspecialty Legacy certifications
  • Breastfeeding (C-BF)
  • Gynecologic Reproductive Health for the Advanced Practice Nurse (C-GRH)
  • Menopause Educator (C-ME)
  • Menopause Clinician (C-MC)
  • Obstetrics for the Advanced Practice Nurse (C-OB)

Certification Maintenance

Maintenance application / Add CE

For Core Certifications Only

Take your assessment
Code CE (Coding Books)
Common Links

Access your maintenance application
Add and track your CE
CE Coding Books

Maintenance pre-approval
Alternate maintenance
File an extension for Maintenance
Reinstate your certification
Maintenance retention rates
NCC Practice Resource

NCC-E emeritus credential

The NCC-E credential provides special recognition for the accomplishments of PERMANENTLY RETIRED Certified Professionals made during the active part of their careers. This is not a certification, but a lifetime emeritus status demonstrating on-going recognition of previous certification. Please note if you elect to become an NCC-E you cannot revert back to certification status without retesting which will require you to meet current eligibility criteria which may be different than when you were originally certified.

How do I apply?

You can apply for your lifetime NCC-E status by completing the online application and paying the $90 fee.

Access the online NCC-E Application