PMHS Recertification

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When do I recertify? How do I recertify? What is the cost?

PMHS Recertification

PMHS Recert is due every 3 years. You recertify as a PMHS between November 1 and January 31 prior to your wallet card expiration date. Download your PDF guide to learn more about Recert, required activities, and how the process works.

Recertification for 2022 is now open. You pick the day to recertify during these dates. A late fee is added for applications submitted February 1 - 28. Log in to start your Recert application.

Basic Requirements

For full details on your renewal requirements below, see your PMHS Recert Guide.

  1. Maintain any advanced practice certification (NP or CNS) that was required per PMHS exam eligibility criteria.
  2. Maintain current, active, unencumbered US or Canadian advanced practice nursing licensure.
  3. Complete an equivalent of 45 contact hours of pediatric developmental/behavioral/mental health (DBMH), of which 15 contact hours must be pediatric psychopharmacology.

Need Psychopharmacology or other PMHS-related CE?

Explore applicable PNCB Pediatric Updates. In fall 2021 we will offer a new module that is fully 7.5 contact hours of psychopharmacology. Other CE sources for consideration are listed here, some with pediatric psychopharmacology. 


See your guide above which includes FAQs or contact us at or call PNCB at 888-641-2767 during normal office hours. PNCB is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time. See holiday closings.

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