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TERM OF CERTIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION MAINTENANCE

When You Pass the Exam

Credential

Your NCC certification status entitles you to use the credential RNC-LRN (Registered Nurse Certified in Low Risk Neonatal Nursing).

Term of Certification

NCC certification is awarded for a period of three years.

For those taking the exam via computer, the effective date for certification is the date on the official test results report you receive from NCC.   

For those taking the exam in paper & pencil format, the effective certification date is the date on the official NCC letter that tells you that you have successfully completed the certification process.

Maintaining Your Certification

NCC certification must be maintained on an ongoing basis every three years.

Certification that is not maintained will expire and can be regained only through re-examination.

The NCC certification maintenance program provides two options for continuing your certification status:

obtaining 45 contact hours of continuing education credit, or

successfully retaking the examination.

Continuing education credit to be used for certification maintenance must be earned between the date of your notification of certification and the date your maintenance is due.  

If using re-examination for maintenance, you must take and successfully pass the examination prior to your expiration date.

The maintenance process includes filing a maintenance application prior to your maintenance due date with appropriate fees and requested documentation.   All CE must be in the area of your certification specialty.  Participation in NCC self assessment program for earning CE does NOT automatically maintain your certification.  You must file a maintenance application and pay a maintenance fee in addition to any CE fees.

You may apply for maintenance as soon as you have obtained the required 45 contact hours of continuing education credityou do not need to wait until your maintenance deadline to apply.  Maintenance will be due no later than the last day of the quarter in which you were notified of your certification (not the date on which you took the examination). Please refer to the following for guidance:

 Date of Notification of CertificationCertification Maintenance Deadline

January-March 2009March 31, 2012

April–June 2009June 30, 2012

July-September 2009September 30, 2012

October-December 2009December 31, 2012

More information about the certification maintenance program—including a downloadable maintenance application—is available from the NCC website www.nccwebsite.org .

NO CONTINUING EDUCATION ISSUED FOR TAKING THE LOW RISK NEONATAL NURSING EXAM.

Candidate Guide:  LOW RISK NEONATAL NURSING

NCC• PO Box 11082 • Chicago, IL 60611 • 312-951-0207 • www.nccwebsite.org

© NCC, 2009

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