The Benefits of Certification

For Nursing Professionals

Certification is an objective, measurable way of determining a nurse's competency that attests to the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation. Here are just a few ways this important credential benefits you:

CPNs® get free subscriptions to ADVANCE for Nurses, and online Contemporary Pediatrics, plus your certification is worth college credit at Excelsior College. To receive Excelsior degree credit, please save and complete our CPN Verification Form.

CPNPs® get free online subscriptions to Pediatric Annals, Infectious Diseases in Children, Contemporary Pediatrics, and ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners.

Once you're certified, marketing your credentials is easy! Visit our Tool Kit page to learn more. And to read why one nurse decided to become certified in her own words, click here.

For Employers

Your support of certification is an investment that helps you:

From participating in PNCB's No Pass, No Pay program for CPN certification to adding credentials to name badges, there are many ways to show you encourage staff to seek certification. Please see our Employer's Guide to Supporting Certification brochure to find out more.

For the Public

More and more consumers are becoming aware of the importance of certification. When patients or their families ask about the letters on your name badge, you have the opportunity to educate the public on the value of certification. Visit our Tool Kit page to see how to answer questions the public may have.


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PNCB-certified nursing professionals work in a variety of roles and settings throughout the U.S. and beyond.
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