Planning to retire?

How to officially retire certification

Planning to retire?

You may have been thinking about retiring your certification. If you are unsure, we suggest that you use the one-time "Record Review Year" option available within your 7-year recertification cycle provided that you are not at risk for failing to meet any Pediatric Updates requirements.

If you have already used this option or feel certain that it is time to retire from your CPN, CPNP, or PMHS role, please let us know that you would like to voluntarily retire your certification by completing our Retirement Form.

Retirement will still allow you to access all your PNCB records through our website.

After we receive your form, we'll note this in your record. We will remove you from our Recert reminders mailing list, but will continue to keep you abreast of select news from the PNCB. We will also acknowledge your contributions to pediatric nursing with a letter thanking you for your years of service to children and families.

If your plans change and you desire to return to active certification, please contact You will need to meet current eligibility requirements and successfully pass the specific certification exam again. Effective January 1, 2030, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNP) must successfully pass the certification within 5 years of graduation from a PNP program. 

We hope you enjoy your retirement!

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