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Appeals Policy

  • Applicants who do not meet eligibility criteria may appeal their denied application for initial certification.
  • Candidates who do not pass the examination may submit a request in writing to have their exam results reevaluated. Examinees are discouraged from requesting this service. Examinations are computer-based and electronically scored. Extensive and rigorous quality control procedures are employed to ensure the accuracy of results and in all previous score challenges there is no record of a score discrepancy being detected. An exam rescore is limited to verifying that the responses as scored were made by the examinee and were correctly transformed into a scaled score. The rescore service is not a review of the exam content, what the correct answer should be, the acceptability of testing conditions, or a reconsideration of the passing standard. The request will be forwarded to that testing vendor within 10 business days of receipt of written request. Candidates will be charged a fee for hand scoring by the testing vendor ($150.00 subject to change). Results of the rescore will be sent to the candidate within six weeks of receipt of request.
  • Certificants found ineligible to renew their certification through clinical practice and CE will need to apply for and meet current eligibility requirements for certification by examination as an Initial Applicant. Requests for verification of a certification received from a State Board of Nursing or third-party vendor will reflect the current status and certification dates in which the certification was valid. AANPCB-certified nurse practitioners who allow their certification to expire may not use the NP-C credential or present themselves as an AANPCB-certified nurse practitioner. Applicants who do not meet criteria for renewal of certification may appeal their denied application for recertification. Individuals whose certification has expired risk potential loss of employment, wages, insurance reimbursement, or credentialing privileges. AANPCB is not responsible for financial damages occurring with respect to expiration of a certification.

Process for submitting an Appeal:
Appropriate and complete documentation must be submitted along with the required fee before the appeal can be reviewed. The written appeal will be reviewed within 30 days of receipt of documents. Notice of determination shall be provided to the applicant within 10 business days of the decision via electronic or paper methods to include email and postal service. The appeal decision is final. There is no further appeal beyond this point. The applicant will be responsible for any expenses incurred during the Appeals Process. Correspondence regarding an appeal should be addressed to the attention of the Business Manager at certification@aanpcert.org.