Use of Your Certified PNP Credential Mark

Be sure to add the AC, PC, or AC/PC behind the "CPNP"
April 14, 2022

Use of Your Certified PNP Credential Mark

Are you still using just "CPNP" in your signature or to describe your credential? Now is the time to add the specific 
"-AC" or "-PC" behind the CPNP. Also be sure to use "Acute Care" or "Primary Care" in conjunction with the fully spelled-out designation "Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner." If you hold both Acute Care and Primary Care credentials, see the chart below for appropriate descriptions. PNCB is in the process of updating its website and other materials to adhere to this updated Certification Mark policy

Why the change? The Acute Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP-AC) certification exam launched in 2005. It is distinct from the Primary Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP-PC) exam in exam content, body of knowledge validated, and recertification. As accredited programs, each credential must clearly represent the certification earned and maintained. 

Please make the change in April 2022. Use this list to help you make the edits:

  • Name badge
  • Email signature
  • LinkedIn profile
  • Work website biography
  • Resume/CV
  • Journal article manuscripts in development
  • In-progress and future submissions for poster presentations or conference session abstracts
  • Any other places where you use the credential

Thank you for complying with this policy!  


Retired certificants approved for retired status may use the retired designation on business cards, resumes, CVs and signature lines for emails, speaker bios, or letters of recommendation. They cannot use the retired designation on professional name badges, patient charts, official forms (e.g., disability, expert testimony), or prescriptions or in any way that would misrepresent certification status. If the individual retires advanced practice certification linked to APRN licensure, the retired status/certification mark cannot be used to meet licensure requirements for APRN licensure. 

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