Item Writer Opportunity

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Volunteer as an Item Writer

Thank you for your interest in joining our team of item writers, who write questions (items) for our exams and practice tests. This is a unique way to support your PNCB certification and optimize care of the pediatric population. This role is a gateway for other volunteer opportunities with PNCB. 

Item Writer Benefits Include:

  • Access to PNCB's e-library of select textbooks during your service (an important resource for completing item writing assignments)
  • Contact hours awarded for quality annual assignment submissions
  • Resumé enhancing experience
  • Mentoring feedback and rewarding collaboration
  • Further refinement of your writing skills
  • Letter of Recognition to your employer, by request
  • Potential invitation to a PNCB committee (e.g., Exam, Pediatric Updates

Item Writer Learning Programs:

  • In-Person Workshop: Review a sample workshop agenda here.
  • Self-Paced Learning: Review a sample schedule for self-paced learning here


  • Review the full role description for the PNCB Item Writers.
  • Hold an active PNCB certification and work at least 20 hours per week related to your PNCB held credential.
  • Cannot be a current author of or contributor to exam preparation or review materials (e.g., books, online modules, review courses).
  • For CPNP-AC and CPNP-PC applicants: must have a minimum of 1-year work experience relevant to your PNCB credential.

How to Apply:

Step 1 banner reading Learn the Basics

Learn about item writing basics (mandatory) to prepare for writing the question you'll submit with your application. Essentials for preparing to write a sample question for your application includes learning about item writing basics by:

Step 2 banner reading Find Your Reference

Locate a PNCB-approved reference for your credential-specific item. You’ll need to provide a reference citation to support your question.

Step 3 banner reading Use the Content Outline

Review the exam’s content outline and begin developing ideas for a question. Each item on a PNCB exam must align to an area of that exam’s content outline. 

Step 4 banner reading Write 1 Question

Write 1 question to submit with your online application that you consider important enough for determining qualification for certification.

  • Must be a multiple-choice question with only one correct answer. 
  • Apply what you learned in Step 1 to polish your final version. 
Step 5 banner reading Prep Your Resume or CV

Polish your resume/CV and ensure that your current position is included (submission required with application).

Deadline to apply is May 15th

I am ready to apply! Take me to the application which is open now through May 15, 2024, 11:59 pm Eastern Time. 

In the application, indicate your preference for learning at our In-Person Workshop or the Self-Paced Program. We will do our best to honor your first choice. 

PNCB will notify applicants of acceptance by the end of June. A diverse group of selectees from around the country will be chosen based on demonstrated ability to apply basic item writing concepts.

Once Accepted: 

You’ll be sent details about your next steps: 

  • For the In-Person Workshop, participants will receive email instructions about arranging travel and completing pre-workshop activities to jump-start your item writing, and final travel/lodging details. Travel-related expenses are paid by PNCB. 
  • For the Self-Paced Learning Program, participants will receive access to learning activities and an item writing assignment with timelines. 
  • Year 1 of being an item writer includes support for completing an item writing assignment of 6 additional items (due by December 1, 2024).
  • Year 2 and 3 of your 3-year term of service involves completing an item writing assignment of a similar size. Based on PNCB's needs, your assignment may be to write for the exam or for the practice test. 


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