You must agree to abide by the agreement in order to proceed to take the assessment. You will be asked to agree by a check off box just prior to your accessing the assessment. The agreement stipulates the following:By participating in the continuing competency assessment I understand no communication of any kind about the assessment, its content or my responses to any questions can be shared with others during or after taking the assessment. I agree I will not consult with any person, virtual or hard copy resource while taking the assessment and understand that any such actions can subject me or others to certification revocation. I further agree to abide by all policies and rules of the Continuing Competency Assessment program required for maintenance and understand continuing education credit awarded by NCC for taking the Specialty assessment can only be used for the purpose of maintaining my NCC certification.
You will be awarded 5 CE hours for your participation in the Continuing Competency Assessment.
The five hours are automatically added to your maintenance application, but you must assign these hours to the core competency area of your choosing.
There is no CE certificate issued as the credit is given in recognition of your participation and for NCC maintenance purposes only. The 5 hours are not transferable for other purposes. Therefore, no CE documentation (certificate) will be recorded in your account.
After you complete the assessment, you will immediately receive your specialty index report and Education Plan. The Education plan is based on your strengths and knowledge gaps. The Education Plan specifies the amount and nature of the continuing education that needs to be completed for maintenance. This education plan will be posted in your NCC website profile on the NCC website under Education Plans.
The plan is also recorded in your online maintenance application. This plan is interactive, meaning it shows how the CE you enter is meeting your required CE hours. You must manually enter CE earned from outside sources such as conferences. NCC CE modules and Pretests are automatically entered for you. Using the online maintenance application CE page is a great way to track your CE and how your plan is being met.
BASELINE AND SPECIFIED EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR MAINTENANCE
Each continuing competency assessment results in an education plan with up to 50 total hours of CE. The content is weighted and distributed to reflect the specific specialty’s current core certification examination content. The specialty index report provides the tabulated results of your assessment in a non-grade format. The ratings in the report are based on the type and amount of content within each specialty’s competency content areas (test outline for the certification exam). For purposes of establishing the need for additional CE in a content area, ratings of 7.5 or higher on the CCA have been determined to “meet the standard” so that an individual does not need to focus continuing education in that content area for purposes of NCC certification. Both total hours of the plan and hours in each core competency area (specialty code) less than 7.5 must be met.
The Education Plan starts with a baseline of 15 hours of CE that can be obtained in any core competency areas related to the specialty. If an individual had a specialty index ratings of at least 7.5 in all categories of their specialty, their Education Plan requirement would designate a minimum of 15 hours of CE in any specialty competency areas. Individuals who do not achieve 7.5 or higher ratings in core content categories would need to complete all 50 hours of CE using defined categories and amounts as outlined in the education plan. If the baseline hours plus the required CE in each core exceed 50 hours, the baseline requirements are substituted with the specified core competency hours. This makes sure no one has more than 50 hours CE to earn for any given maintenance cycle. Under the Professional Development Maintenance Program model, no individual completing a specialty assessment will be required to earn more than 50 hours of CE to meet maintenance requirements. Maintenance will require between 15 and 50 CE; however, the 5 hours of CE that NCC awards for completion of the continuing competency assessment can be applied to the Education Plan and applied to a core code or baseline as chosen by the individual. Based on this the amount of CE that must be earned after taking the CCA is between 10 and 45.
The sole purpose of Continuing Competency Assessment (CCA) is to provide an education plan that reflects both the strengths and gaps in core competency knowledge. The CCA has no pass/fail and does not affect an individual's ability to maintain their certification. The CCA is not intended to judge the actual clinical practice of an individual since practice is a matter of local regulations and employer-mandated skills and procedures. An individual's current clinical role may be limited or expanded beyond the competencies associated with the original core specialty examination. For this reason, the CCA was developed to provide a means to support continued professional development addressing those knowledge competencies that were validated when an individual originally took and passed an NCC core certification examination. It allows NCC to re-validate those knowledge competencies by tailoring continuing education for certification maintenance on an individual basis versus a "one size fits all" approach. This approach provides the constituent a foundation for demonstrating that professional development is ongoing toward the overall knowledge competencies associated with their specific certification specialty regardless of the practice role in which they are actively engaged.
As learning is not static, the purpose of the specialty index report is to guide certified individuals in obtaining education to meet their ongoing education needs based on objective data.
Can I see my answers to the assessment?
Since the CCA is a secure evaluation tool, it is not possible to provide the correct responses to individual items. In fact, NCC developed this assessment to focus on groupings of items that make up a core competency area within each specialty. These groupings are the basis for the weighting and calculations used for the specialty index ratings rather than the individual correct or incorrect item responses and the overall focus is intended to be on areas of content versus specific items.
NON-CE ACTIVITIES - HOW TO APPLY THEM
NCC does recognize non-CE activities for maintenance, namely presentation of CE programs, writing professional literature and preceptoring. These hours can only be applied if the certificant has baseline hours that are applicable to any competency.
If the specialty index report does not show a baseline requirement and requires all 45 hours of CE in the specific competencies, these alternate mechanisms cannot be used.