PNP Exam Eligibility Change

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners must successfully pass the certification exam within five years of graduation

PNP Exam Eligibility Change 

Do you know a PNP colleague or fellow student from the past who hasn't gotten certified yet? We need your help informing Pediatric Nurse Practitioners about a Pediatric Nursing Certification Board policy change that could impact them. Or perhaps this person is you. 

As a result of PNCB’s recent Continuing Competence and Strategic Plan initiatives related to advancing the competence of nursing professionals who care for children, a change is being made to the Acute and Primary Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification exams’ eligibility requirements.  

Effective January 1, 2024: Pediatric Nurse Practitioners must successfully pass the certification exam within five years of graduation.  All Pediatric Nurse Practitioners who graduated in 2019 or after will be required to meet this exam eligibility criteria. 

Three exceptions will be made for the below listed practitioners who will be offered an opportunity to test through December 31, 2024.

  • Licensed in a state that does not require certification for Advanced Practice Licensure:
    • California
    • New York
    • Kansas
    • Indiana
  • Have unsuccessfully tested.
  • Previously certified by PNCB as an Acute or Primary Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and hold a certification status of retired or expired. Candidates in this category must meet all current eligibility criteria. 

If you know a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who is not currently certified by PNCB, please share this important information and encourage them to contact us at

Thank you for your assistance, 
The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

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