Recertification for Adult, Family, Gerontological, and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners
Nurse practitioners certified by AANPCP must re-certify every 5 years
- Certificants may apply for recertification one year prior to expiration of their current certification if all documents needed for the recertification application process are available.
- Certificants who allow their certification to expire, risk not being able to renew their existing certification and may be unable to practice dependent upon state-specific regulations.
Certificants have 2 options from which to choose in order to maintain their certification
Beginning January 1, 2017, the requirements established by AANPCP for recertification will change to include the:
- Renew by applying to take the appropriate Adult or Family examination.
- The Gerontologic (GNP) certification examination was retired at the end of 2012 and is no longer an option for initial certification or renewal by examination. The Adult (ANP) certification examination will be retired in 2016 and will no longer be an option for initial certification or renewal by exam after that time.
- Meet the minimum clinical practice and continuing education requirements established by AANPCP for recertification. Through December 2016, this includes completion of a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical practice as a nurse practitioner in the NP’s population focus, and 75 contact hours of continuing education relevant to the nurse practitioner's role and population focus within the current 5-year certification period. There is no specific requirement for pharmacy content hours. See CE Opportunities for more information.
- completion of 100 contact hours of continuing education relevant to the nurse practitioner's role and population focus.
- completion of a minimum of 25 pharmacy content hours.
- a credit option for precepting of NP students.
- a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical practice as a nurse practitioner in the NP’s population focus.
- continued 5-year certification period.
It is the responsibility of the Certificant to make sure they apply for recertification at least eight weeks prior to the expiration date of their current certification to avoid a lapse in certification. Courtesy renewal notification postcards are mailed to the Certificant’s last known postal address 1-year, and again at 6-months, prior to the date of expiration of the current certification. Email reminders are also sent to those Certificants for whom AANPCP has a valid email address. Please check your online profile to verify current email and postal information.
Certificants are responsible for:
- Creating and updating their contact information on their AANPCP online profile,
- Keeping current with AANPCP news and information,
- Keeping current with the transition to and implementation of the national Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure Accreditation, Certification, & Education (LACE).