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Renew Your Certification

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Why do I need to renew my certification?

ANCC certification is renewed every 5 years to provide evidence of the expansion of professional knowledge and evidence of continued competence in your certification specialty.

Evidence of continual learning and competence can be demonstrated by completing activities in the following professional development categories:

  • Continuing Education
  • Academic Courses
  • Presentations and Lectures
  • Publication or Research
  • Preceptorship
  • Professional service
  • Practice hours
  • Assessment

What are the renewal requirements?

Download Renewal Requirements [pdf]

Read General Testing & Renewal Handbook [pdf]

When do I renew?

You may submit a renewal application as early as one year prior to your certification expiration date. If your certification is not renewed before the expiration date, you may be ineligible to practice. Please submit renewal applications well in advance of the expiration date. Keep your online account up to date or inform ANCC of any address or name changes to receive renewal reminders. You are responsible for tracking your renewal date and submitting renewal documents in a timely manner. If you are an advanced practice nurse, you may become ineligible to practice in your state beyond your certification expiration date.

How do I renew online?

  1. Login to your online account.
  2. Click on the Certifications link in the left column.
  3. Select the certification that you want to renew and click the Renew link.

How do I enter professional development activities in My Account?

  1. Login to your online account.
  2. Enter your Professional Development activities.

Tip: Record your professional development activities in your online account immediately after each activity during your 5-year certification cycle.


Email Customer Care or call 800.284.2378 
M-F, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST

How do I renew by mail?

If you would like to renew by mail, please send a request to


Email Customer Care or call 800.284.2378
M-F, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST

What happens after I submit my renewal?

You will receive confirmation of receipt, followed by communication by mail, phone, and/or email if there are any questions about your application or supporting documents. Once approved, you will receive a letter, followed by a new certificate, pin, and certification card in the mail.


Certification FAQs

Read the most up to date answers to frequently asked questions about ANCC's Certification applications, renewal, and verification

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