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 Enroll
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.
The easiest way to keep track of what you've done in the past is to log in to Your Dashboard and review which Recert options you've already completed in your current 7-year cycle and see Pediatric Updates requirements, or review your recertification guide. Unless you've waited until the end of your 7-year cycle to complete required Pediatric Updates, you have the flexibility to choose when to complete these activities.
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.
PNCB's Pediatric Updates
Certificants who do not earn a 70% or greater on their Pediatric Updates will be given a free retest opportunity. Retest details will be emailed to those needing this information. You must successfully complete the Pediatric Updates prior to applying it to your Recert application. Once you successfully complete a module, your CE certificate will be processed within 24 hours and CE credit will be available to apply to your Recert application. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not receive your CE certificate within 24 hours or have other continuing education questions.
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.
No. You must document 10 accredited contact hours with a PPL, or 1 semester or quarter hour of academic credit with a PPL.
One CPNP Pediatric Updates module equals 7.5 contact hours, so you can combine a Pediatric Updates module with documentation of 2.5 earned contact hours plus 1 PPL option.
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.
Precepting must be level-appropriate for your certification type. CPNPs must precept graduate PNP (or FNP students focused on mastery of pediatric clinical content) to count for PPL.
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.
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.
Yes, advanced practice nurses can use committee membership on a pediatric nursing practice committee or task force as PPL. You must have served in the past 24 months, at a state or national level, as an officer or a task force member.
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.
Verification of certification is available 24x7 to all state boards of nursing. A Board can verify or re-verify information on-demand and as many times as needed.
Yes. The State Board of Nursing receives verification of certification in your name as printed on your wallet ID card. If either your PNCB record or licensure is not listed as your legal name, please update this information with the appropriate party.
For PNCB, please log in to Applications/Forms to complete our Name Change Application and upload required supporting documents.
Dually Certified: CPNP-PC & CPNP-AC
Only one per year. For details on maintaining both Primary Care and Acute Care certification, review your recertification guide. As an example, if you passed the Acute Care test in 2017, this year you will only need to Recert for Primary Care as a newly certified grace period applies in your case. Then next year, you'll begin the Dually-Certified AC/PC Recert Program.
Once you enter the Dually-certified AC/PC Recert Program, you begin a new 7-year cycle. This allows for tracking your new Dually-certified Recert requirements, which are different than what was required when you held only one CPNP certification. When do you enter this new cycle? Check your online wallet card for the expiration date of your newest certification. You will enter the Dually-certified Recert program between November 1 and January 31 prior to this expiration date.
Dually Certified: CPN & CPNP-PC
Some conferences, such as NAPNAP, offer content for both roles. You will need to identify which sessions you attended and which of the attended sessions you are using for each certification.
Clinical practice hours must be relevant to the type of certification. The CPN and CPNP roles are different and include different competencies. Recertifying your CPN certification requires you to document continuing education, Professional Practice learning, etc. you have completed to maintain your competency in the CPN role.
Yes, enter the module as CE on your CPN recertification application. Some PNCB Pediatric Updates modules are relevant to both nursing roles and there will be a sentence in the product description that tells you which ones.
No, the CE content must be relevant to the CPN role.
You can use Pediatrics in Review for your CPN recertification if the review is of a disease from diagnosis to follow up. If the content is only relevant to advanced nursing practice you may not use this to maintain your CPN certification.
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!