CPN Recert FAQs
Find the answers to common questions below. If you don't see the answer you need, consult your CPN Recert Guide or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
You can access your online wallet card at any time by logging in to Profile & Wallet Card. Your wallet card updates 15 minutes after Recert payment is processed. Online wallet cards allow you to receive your updated card faster and lets you print a new one at any time should you misplace it.
Licensure is needed to maintain your certification. You'll need to hold a current, valid registered nurse license to practice as a registered nurse or APRN and remain in good standing with no current disciplinary action pending in any jurisdiction.
HOW TO RECERTIFY
During annual Recert enrollment (November 1 through January 31), you will complete an online application. Payment is by credit card, ACH electronic check, or No Pass, No Pay code (if your employer participates in this program for Recert fees).
We no longer offer paper forms. Our online Recert application for processing credit cards and electronic checks meets the highest industry standards for security. When using credit cards and electronic checks, we protect the security of your information by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts information you input.
Public libraries offer free access to computers. You might also want to ask your employer, a relative, or friend if you could use a computer.
TRACKING MY RECERT HISTORY
Log in to your Recert Dashboard to see your past Recert enrollment submissions. This tool will tell you where you are in your 7-year Recert tracking cycle and can help guide your choices for options to select in the years to come.
Log in to your ReCErt Tracker to see your past Recert enrollment submissions.
CONTACT HOURS/ CONTINUING EDUCATION
Continuing education includes lectures, seminars, conferences, online education, grand rounds, etc. that you attend as a learning exercise. Contact hours can be earned for attending a continuing education course. Typically 1 contact hour is equivalent to a 60 minute educational program. Organizations that offer continuing education must apply to an accrediting agency to award contact hours. Review your recertification guide for more information about contact hours.
Review your recertification guide to see what other options are available to you, including Professional Practice Learning (PPL), free CE resources, academic credit, and Pediatric Updates.
If you attend a conference earning more than the required amount of contact hours, you may apply the remainder to the following year as long as the contact hours are earned within 24 months preceding your Recert enrollment application date.
You must document 15 contact hours earned prior to submission of your application. Contact hours must have been earned within 24 months of enrollment.
Review your recertification guide for specific information on accepted contact hour content for your certification as well as a list of accepted agencies.
When you select a documentation option that includes contact hours, academic credit, or PPL, the hours you document must be earned within 12 (clinical practice) or 24 months (other PPL, contact hours, academic credit) of your Recert enrollment submission. You will be asked to provide certain information, such as the name of the activity, dates, etc. Review your recertification guide for details on each type of documentation option.
Please do not send copies of any documentation. We'll only need to see these if you are selected in our annual random audit. You will attest that the information you submitted is true on the online Recert enrollment application.
CLINICAL PRACTICE HOURS
No. You may choose this option if desired. Review your recertification guide for details about using clinical practice for Recert. For PNCB Recert, 200 clinical practice hours can count as 5 contact hours, and 400 clinical practice hours can count as 10 contact hours.
Clinical practice hours are work or volunteer hours that involve the direct "hands-on" assessment or clinical management of pediatric patients or indirect care such as management, supervision or education of other personnel or students to help achieve patient care goals. Faculty hours and IRB research counts too. Review your recertification guide for examples of activity that will meet PNCB's clinical practice criteria for Recert.
If you have 400 clinical practice hours, you can count this as 10 contact hours.
Yes, faculty can count direct clinical supervision of students in the same certification specialty (advanced practice faculty must have direct supervision of advanced practice students). Faculty can also count teaching class time that awards accredited academic credit to students (advanced practice faculty teaching class time must be to advanced practice students).
Courses must be relevant to your certification specialty. You must be the learner, not the instructor. The course can be either a semester or quarter course and must have been completed within 24 months prior to Recert enrollment. The course must have been completed successfully. DNP courses are accepted for CPNP Recert.
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE LEARNING (PPL)
PPL is equivalent to 5 contact hours for your Recert. You can combine PPL with either 10 contact hours or 1 semester or quarter hour of academic credit.
For non-academic lectures, you can use a lecture of at least one hour in length that is sponsored by an employer, a membership or educational organization, that awards CE to attendees, and for which you provided learning objectives and a reference list. The lecture must have been related to pediatric nursing or nursing leadership and accomplished in the last 24 months prior to your Recert enrollment. You can only use a specific lecture once for PPL credit.
CPNs can count precepting of RN or BSN students but not practical nurses. These must be hours spent teaching a clinical component of your practice and not patient charting or teaching hospital-specific policy and procedures.
CPNs may count precepting of nursing students for PPL, but may not count orienting or mentoring licensed nurse employees. Precepting is a learning activity with an academic objective and is above and beyond your usual job requirements, similar to attending a conference and earning CE.
You will need to be able to demonstrate that your poster was juried (accepted and presented) by the organization to which you presented. Content of your poster must be related to pediatric nursing or nursing practice. The poster must have been developed and presented in the last 24 months prior to your Recert enrollment.
Authorship must have been for a peer-reviewed journal article or textbook contribution and may be co-authored. There is no set length or word count for an article. Articles must have been published in the last 24 months prior to Recert enrollment, be nursing-related professional articles, using professional references, but do not need to be published in nursing publications.
Yes, unpublished or published doctoral dissertation/capstone project or master's thesis meet this requirement if completed within the past 24 months prior to Recert enrollment.
No. You must document 10 accredited contact hours with a PPL, or 1 semester or quarter hour of academic credit with a PPL.
Yes, membership on a committee within the past 24 months at a state or national level as an officer or committee member of a task force can be used for recertification. Nursing committees must be pediatric or nursing related.
Examples of awards include but are not limited to: PNCB, Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN), or National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) annual awards, Daisy Award, Nightingale Award, GEM Award, or Magnet Nurse of the Year.
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We hope you enjoy your retirement! Visit our Retirement page for information about notifying us. We want to be sure to keep you from getting Recert reminders, plus we want to send you a letter thanking you for your years of service!
Should you need to consider an appeal concerning Recertification, please consult our Appeals Policy and Procedures.