Prestigious. Acclaimed. Respected.

Becoming a Certified Pediatric Nurse by earning the CPN credential is a mark of distinction. Today, 95% of all pediatric nurses who certify choose PNCB's rigorous CPN exam.

Here's why:

Exam Longevity. PNCB was created in 1975 by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners to certify pediatric nurse practitioners. In 1989, we responded to a nationwide survey of pediatric nurses who indicated both a need and a desire to participate in certification by launching the Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) exam. The late Donna Wong, a pioneer in the field of pediatric nursing, was one of the influential leaders in the development of the CPN exam. Today, more than 23,000 nurses hold CPN certification.

Strong Exams. Our role delineation research ensures that our exams reflect current practice. Over 2,000 pediatric nurses participated in our 2012 study. Exam questions are written and reviewed by pediatric nurses who are subject matter experts.

Your Interests = Our Interests. The PNCB is governed by a multidisciplinary board made up of pediatric nurses, PNPs, and a pediatrician and a public member. We understand the needs of pediatric patients and the nurses who care for them.

Quality Recertification. The PNCB's annual recertification program keeps costs low for nurses and supports lifelong learning, a characteristic shared by those who seek certification. You are already staying current in your field; annual Recert simply documents your growth.

Rigorous Accreditation. PNCB is a member of the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) and the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). ICE is the largest organization in the United States focused on the development of quality standards for certification organizations. The CPN exam is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), a commission of ICE. The NCCA was the first organization to offer accreditation to nursing certification organizations, and the PNCB was the first nursing certification board to be accredited by the NCCA.

And a Mission You Can Count On. Your needs—and those of your patients—are always foremost in our thoughts as we manage the present and look to the future because at the PNCB, we make it our mission to provide the highest quality certification services for nursing professionals who care for pediatric populations.

We feel that nurses should select the exam that will best attest to their knowledge and skills as expert pediatric nurses, and we truly believe that our certification is overwhelmingly sought because of the value and validation it offers to pediatric nurses. If you have questions about any PNCB program, please contact us at so we can help!

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