The PNCB Tool Kit

PowerPoint Guides to Certification
Marketing Your Credentials
How to List Your Credentials
Free Posters and Brochures or send in the request form.
Encouraging Employer Support

PowerPoint Guides to CPN and CPNP Certification

PNCB offers a comprehensive Guide to CPN Certification PowerPoint that explains why and how to certify with preparation tips and more. PNP students and faculty are invited to use the Guide to CPNP Certification PowerPoint.

Marketing Your Credentials

We're proud of your certification success and hope you know the value of sharing your credentials with others. You've proven that you have what it takes to be board-certified in the specialized field of pediatric nursing.

Here are some easy ways to let others know the value of PNCB certification:

Have pediatric patients or their families ever asked what the letters on your name badge stand for? Have you ever been asked what certification means by a friend or new colleague? Here are some ways to explain why this acronym means so much:

And for your youngest patients:

If you have other suggestions on how to increase recognition or know of other ways to answer the above questions, we'd love to hear them! Click here to email your thoughts.

Listing Your Credentials

We often get questions about how to do this. Our suggestion is to always list your degree first, then licensure followed by certification. Should you have any awards or honors, these come last.

Here are some examples:

Terri Moore, BS, RN, CPN
Joseph Garcia, ADN, RN, CPN
Maria O'Connor, MSN, RN, CPNP, CCRN
Sara Smith, DNP, RN, CPNP-AC/PC
Patricia Johnson, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC, FAANP


Listing your highest degree earned is fairly standard. If you have an MBA, MPH, or non-nursing degree, this would come next, then licensure. If you have multiple certifications, often people list the one earned first in the first position, and the one earned most recently in the final position, etc. Some CPNPs choose to list CPNP-AC or CPNP-PC -- this is up to you. And dually certified CPNPs sometimes use both CPNP-PC and CPNP-AC. You can also use CPNP-PC/AC (or CPNP-AC/PC). Although the PNCB uses the registration mark (®) on its website and literature, you do not need to use this mark.

Listing a doctoral degree while also using "Dr." in the same line is considered redundant. For signature lines, use the degree after your name and omit the title "Dr". For third-person biographies, begin the text with Emma Jones, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, and then use Dr. Jones thereafter.

If you want to use your credentials when charting, be sure to check your employer's policy on doing so. We hope you list your PNCB certification with pride whenever possible (on name badges, business cards, etc.) to let others know about your achievement!

Free Posters and Brochures to Share

Whether you are planning a certification fair or just want to spread the word about PNCB certification, we've got the materials you need! Simply email info@pncb.org with your requests and the number of brochures or posters you'd like and we'll mail these to you. You can also request materials using this form.

Employer Support Brochures

Whether you're a nurse or an employer, our Employer's Guide to Supporting Certification is filled with tips for hospitals and nursing leadership... Tips on why Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN®) certification is important and why it should be recognized. Click here to print our PDF version or email us to have copies mailed to you at your facility.

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