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Frequently Asked Questions


Contact Information

Q: What is the difference between AANPCP and AANP?

Q: What address do I send my documentation to?


Consensus Model

Q: What is the National Consensus Model for APRN Regulation?

Q: What does APRN “Core”, “Role” and “Population Foci” mean?

Q: Will I be required to have a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree by 2015 to be eligible to sit for the AANPCP National Certification Exam?

Q: Where can I find more information on the APRN Consensus Model?


AANPCP Certification

Q: Does AANPCP offer Practice Exams?

Q: What certification examinations are offered by AANPCP?

Q: Does AANPCP offer educational courses or training materials to prepare exam candidates to take the AANPCP certification exams?

Q: Is AANPCP certification nationally recognized by all states?

Q: Does Canada recognize the AANPCP certification?

Q: Will AANPCP be retiring any certification exams soon?

Q: I am already certified as an ANP and GNP. Am I able to have the dual certification?


Certification Examination & Application

Q: What are the eligibility requirements to take the certification examination?

Q: How can I tell if my nursing program is accredited?

Q: How soon before I graduate from my nurse practitioner program can I begin the application process?

Q: I have not completed my program. Can I submit my application without a final transcript?

Q: What is the difference between the “Program Completed“ and “Degree Conferred“ dates?

Q: What does a “complete” application mean?

Q: My state does not mail RN licenses anymore. How can I get a copy of my RN license?

Q: What is an official final transcript?

Q: Can transcripts be sent directly from my school?

Q: May I enclose my transcript with my application?

Q: Do you expedite processing of certification applications?

Q: I am completing a post-graduate (post-master’s) certificate program. Do you still require transcripts from me?

Q: How will I know the status of my application?

Q: What is the process for approval of an application to sit for the exam and how will I know I've been approved?

Q: When can I expect to receive my scores?

Q: If I fail the exam, what is the waiting period to retake the examination?

Q: What should I do if I require special testing accommodations?

Q: What can I expect on the day of the examination and what is considered an “acceptable form of identification” that I should take to the testing center?

Q: What if I have an appointment to take the exam and can't make it?

Q: Can I request an extension?

Q: May I withdraw from taking the exam?

Q: How do I sign my name once I become certified?


AANPCP Recertification

Q: When do I begin my recertification?

Q: How do I begin the recertification process?

Q: Do I need to be a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) to renew my certification?

Q: If I want to recertify by examination, will I be required to have a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree by 2015 to be eligible to sit for the AANPCP National Certification Exam?

Q: My certification will soon expire, why have I not yet received my Recertification Packet in the mail?

Q: My certification is about to expire, however, I never received any notification to renew. Why wasn’t I informed?

Q: My certification has lapsed, am I still allowed to work?


Recertification Application & CE

Q: How many clinical hours and CE credits do I need?

Q: May I focus my NP career in a specialty and still receive credit for my clinical work hours?

Q: How do I submit my CE certificates?

Q: I submitted my application online, but did not upload my additional documents. Will I be charged an added fee for mailing my CEs?

Q: Can I take my CE courses online?

Q: What is a CE accreditor?

Q: What is the difference between Contact Hours, CMEs, and CEUs?

Q: Are there a certain number of pharmacology hours I need to submit with my CEs?

Q: I am filling out the CE log, do I need to list every CE certificate I submit?

Q: I am currently in school. Can I use my coursework for CE credit?

Q: May I use any of my life support courses for continuing education credit?

Q: Why am I unable to receive continuing education credit for my preceptorship hours?

Q: Many of my CEs were taken through AANP. Does that mean the AANPCP has them?

Q: Can I use CEs I received before I took the examination?

Q: My certification will soon expire and I don’t have the required number of CEs. If I take CE courses after it expires, can I use them for my recertification?

Q: If I have already met the requirement for 75 CE contact hours, may I use the additional CEs for my next recertification?


Associated Fees & Discount

Q: What fees are associated with Certification?

Q: How can I pay to take the certification exam and/or any related fees?

Q: If I am a member of AANP, can I receive a discount on the certification application?

Q: I already submitted my application, but have just applied for membership with AANP. Can I still qualify for the member discount?

Q: Can I include my membership dues payment with my application for certification?

Q: Is there a fee to send a verification of certification to my state board of nursing?

Q: I would like additional verifications sent to my employer or potential employer. What is the fee?

Q: Will AANPCP automatically notify my state board of nursing or employer of my eligibility to sit for the exam or the results of my certification exam?


Profile Changes & Website Issues

Q: How do I notify AANPCP of a name change?

Q: I am getting married. How do I notify you of a name change that will occur during my application process?

Q: If my certificate or wallet card is lost or destroyed, how do I replace them?

Q: How do I notify you of an address change or email change, and why is this so important?

Q: I registered for an online account. I am already certified by AANPCP but it says I am not. What is the problem?

Q: I am filling out my online application, however, the website is not accepting my information nor does it seem to be saved. What do I do?

Q: I have forgotten my password to log into my account? What do I do?

Q: If I log out, will my application be saved?

Q: I have been filling out my application a little at a time, but when I logged in recently all my information is gone. What has happened?

Q: How do I enable my cookies?


Frequently Asked Questions


Contact Information

Q: What is the difference between AANPCP and AANP?
A: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) certifies Adult, Family, and Adult-Gerontology nurse practitioners through national certification examinations in preparation for licensure and professional credentialing. To start your certification application process, create or access your online profile/account, update your personal information, and select which online application you would like to submit. For information regarding AANPCP, visit our website at www.aanpcert.org.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is a separately incorporated entity that is the only full service membership organization for NP students and nurse practitioners of all specialties. AANP provides numerous benefits to members, including access to free continuing education (CE), discounts on the Certification Exam application, and reduced registration fees for NP students and members attending the AANP National Conference. Information may be found on their website at www.aanp.org.

  • Please be aware that your Certification Number is NOT the same as your AANP Member Number.
  • Q: What address do I use to mail correspondence or my documentation (CEs, official transcripts, applications, name changes) to?
    A: Documents should be mailed to: AANPCP, P.O. Box 12926, Austin, TX 78711

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    Consensus Model

    Q: What is the National Consensus Model for APRN Regulation?
    A: In 2008, the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education (LACE) was published. There are currently 45 national nursing organizations, including AANPCP, involved in this collaborative effort. The creation of this regulatory model will help to define the 4 roles of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) today at the graduate level, as well as serve to provide clarity and consistency in states laws, regulations and schools of nursing governing APRN roles, standards, and practices. The goals of the Consensus Model include increased transparency and communication among the 4 regulatory components of licensure, accreditation, certification, and education; and protection of the public by ensuring that APRNs are comprehensively educated and prepared to practice appropriately. The proposed implementation date is 2015.

    Q: What does APRN “Core”, “Role” and “Population Foci” mean?
    A: For licensure and APRN credentialing under the APRN Consensus Model, requirements specify that all APRNs be educated in nationally recognized competencies of the APRN Core (advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology); the APRN Role (appropriate clinical and didactic experiences in 1 of the 4 APRN roles: CNP, CNS, CNA, CNM); and population-focused competencies in at least 1 of 6 population foci: lifespan/family, adult-gerontology, pediatrics, neonatal, women’s health/gender-related, or psych/mental health.

    Q. Will I be required to have a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree by 2015 to be eligible to sit for the AANPCP National Certification Exam?
    A:Unsure. The concept of changing the entry-level terminal degree for advance practice nurses from a MSN to the DNP by the year 2015 has been under discussion for more than a decade. It is a recommendation, and AANPCP does endorse the idea of the DNP. The implementation of such a requirement is complex and is, therefore, not yet a mandate. Current entry-level preparation for NP practice is a graduate degree in nursing. AANPCP will continue to offer certification as long as you have a master’s degree, post-graduate (post-master’s) certificate, or doctoral degree from an accredited APRN program.

    Q: Where can I find more information on the APRN Consensus Model?
    A: For more information and for references, please refer to:

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    AANPCP Certification

    Q: Does AANPCP offer Practice Exams?
    A: Yes. Two 75-item multiple-choice Practice Examinations for the FNP and A-GNP certifications are available for a fee of $50 USD per test. These practice exams are administered independently by uCertify.com, an online testing service, and can be found under the “Practice Exams“ tab. If you would like to take a practice exam more than once, please be aware, there is only one form of the test available per specialty.

    Q: What certification examinations are offered by AANPCP?
    A: The Certification Program currently offers entry-level Adult, Family, and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification exams.

    Q: Does AANPCP offer educational courses or training materials to prepare exam candidates to take the AANPCP certification exams?
    A: No. AANPCP is a certification agency and does not approve, develop, offer, or endorse any educational programs.

    Q: Is the AANPCP certification nationally recognized by all states?
    A: Yes, the ANP and FNP examinations are recognized by all states, as well as by Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Administration, and most private insurance companies. Since the A-GNP certification may not yet be recognized by some states, it is best to check with the state regulatory agencies if that is the only NP certification you plan to take. Remember, the GNP certification has been retired as an entry level certification. Recertification as a GNP can continue to be maintained by clinical practice hours and CEs.

    Q: Does Canada recognize the AANPCP certification?
    A: In some provinces, yes. But the certificant should check with the respective governing board of the province in which they plan to practice regarding this.

    Q: Will AANPCP be retiring any certification exams soon?
    A: In anticipation of implementation of the Consensus Model, the Gerontologic examination has been retired as an entry-level certification exam. We anticipate the retiring of the Adult examination around 2015. As long as you maintain current certification with AANPCP as an ANP or GNP through continuing education and clinical practice hours, and do not allow your certification to lapse, your credential will not be affected.

    Q: I am already certified as an ANP and GNP. Am I able to have the dual certification?
    A: If you hold both an ANP and GNP certification with the AANPCP, yes, you have the option to convert your certifications to the A-GNP certification. You will need to complete the Conversion Application and submit payment of $50 USD to AANPCP. This can be done through an online application or by paper application (for an additional fee) via mail, email or fax.

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    Certification Examination & Application

    Q: What are the eligibility requirements to take the certification examination?
    A: Certification is offered to graduates of accredited master's, post-graduate (post-master's), or doctoral level Adult, Family, and Adult-Gerontology nurse practitioner programs in the U.S. and Canada. In order to complete processing of an applicant’s application, additional requirements include the successful completion of:

    Q: How can I tell if my nursing program is accredited?
    A: Your nursing program must be accredited by either the CCNE (The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) or the ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.), formerly known as the NLNAC (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.), in order to be allowed to sit for the certification examination. If you are unsure of your programs accreditation you need to contact the Director of your program for the information. Your program may also have their accreditation listed on their website.

    Q: How soon before I graduate from my nurse practitioner program can I begin the application process?
    A: You may begin the application process as early as 6 months before graduating to allow time for review and for you to send in any missing information. We encourage you to establish your online Certification Profile and Account with us. Visit www.aanpcert.org to begin.

    Q: I have not completed my program. Can I submit my application without a final transcript?
    A: Prior to your graduation, AANPCP will accept an official transcript from your university showing the courses you have completed and academic “work-to-date”. Your application can be processed and then sent for professional review. Candidates cannot sit for an examination until after they have completed all didactic courses and clinical advanced practice requirements of their NP program. Examination scores will not be released until after we have received your official final transcript or post-graduate (post-master's) certificate (if applicable) showing completion date of the program and degree or certificate received.

    Q: What is the difference between the “Program Completed“ and “Degree Conferred“ dates?
    A: The Program Completion date is the date you have completed all courses and clinical work in your NP Track, while the Degree Conferred date is the date you will be awarded the graduate degree or post-graduate certificate, whichever is applicable. Many students have the ability to complete their NP program (by completion of all classes and clinical work) before their scheduled graduation and degree conferral date. The AANPCP allows NPs to schedule their certification exam after their NP program is completed, even though their degree has yet to be conferred.

    Please note, although you may sit for a certification exam once you’ve completed the NP portion of your program, we will not release your exam scores or certify you until you have graduated and we receive an official final transcript showing the degree has been conferred or post-graduate certificate awarded, whichever is applicable. If you are a post-graduate certificate candidate, we also need an official copy of the graduate degree in order to release your scores.

    Q: What does a “complete” application mean?
    A: A complete application includes the following:

    E-mails are sent weekly to candidates whose application is missing information. A candidate cannot sit for the exam if their application is incomplete.

    Q: My state does not mail RN licenses anymore. How can I get a copy of my RN license?
    A: You should first look on your State Board of Nursing’s website. Most states provide an online verification for registered nursing licenses using your license number. Another resource is the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (www.ncsbn.org).

    Q: What is an official final transcript?
    A: An official final transcript will have the university insignia, degree completed, and date degree conferred. AANPCP must receive official final transcripts in a sealed envelope issued from the school registrar's office or emailed via a secured website by the registrar. Faxed transcripts are not official.

    Q: Can transcripts be sent directly from my school?
    A: Yes, they can. Some universities are able to send official transcripts via a secured website (e.g. E-Script, National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment) and can be addressed to transcripts@aanpcert.org. Otherwise, request that the university send your transcript directly to AANPCP in a sealed envelope.

    Q: May I enclose my transcript with my application?
    A: Yes, as long as it is in an envelope sealed by the university’s registrar.

    Q: Do you expedite processing of certification applications?
    A: Normal processing time for an initial application takes 3 to 6 weeks. This depends upon receipt of a completed application, required documentation, and fees, before undergoing professional review for completion. Given this turn-around time, AANPCP does not currently provide expediting of applications.

    Q: I am completing a post-graduate (post-master’s) certificate program. Do you still require a transcript from me?
    A: Yes. We require your official final post-graduate transcript as well as a transcript showing your master’s degree in nursing has been awarded. However, we can begin processing your post-graduate application without them if you provide us an official post-graduate transcript of “work-to-date“ to begin your application process. However, if any of your courses have carried over from your master’s program you will need to submit the master’s transcript before you are able to receive approval. Once you have completed your post-graduate program, we will need your official final post-graduate transcript in order to release your certification scores and send you your certificate. If your university does not print the date of program completion on your transcript we will require your PG certificate or a letter from the university showing completion of an accredited Adult, Family, or Adult-Gerontology post-graduate program before we can release your certification.

    Q: How will I know the status of my application?
    A: You will be notified by email if additional information is required for the completion of your application. This is an automatic process that occurs weekly beginning about 2 weeks after you submit your application. You will also be able to view your application status, as well as any missing information, through your online account.

    Q: What is the process for approval of an application to sit for the exam and how will I know I've been approved?
    A:Approval to sit for the examination is granted only after your application is received, reviewed for completeness, and has undergone professional review. Once you have been approved, you will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) letter by email and mail from AANPCP notifying you of approval to sit for the certification exam. This ATT letter will provide you information on scheduling your examination. You will then receive a separate letter by mail from Professional Examination Service (ProExam) within 10 business days with your ID Registration Number and instructions to schedule your exam at the testing center. You may then select and schedule the date, location, and time for your examination according to the instructions in the letter. If you have not received a letter from ProExam within 14 days of receipt of your ATT letter, you should notify AANPCP at (512) 637-0500.

    It is important to note that:

    Q: What can I expect on the day of the examination and what is considered an “acceptable form of identification” that I should take to the testing center?
    A: Please refer to FAQs on the Prometric website (www.prometric.com) for important information regarding “Prometric Testing Center Regulations” and answers to your “Test Center Experience” questions, including what is considered an acceptable form of identification. .

    Q: What if I have an appointment to take the exam and can't make it?
    A: You will need to follow the guidelines of Prometric regarding cancellations. You should call Prometric or the testing center directly to change your scheduled appointment as soon as you know you need to change your scheduled exam. To avoid additional fees, you may change your scheduled exam date and time as long as you are within your 120-day window of opportunity to test AND it is before 12 P.M. noon EST of the third business day PRIOR to your exam. Please note, as of January 1, 2013 Prometric has begun charging a $50 USD fee for all appointments that are cancelled or rescheduled between 3 and 30 days prior to the date of the exam. Contact the Prometric Customer Service Center to schedule, reschedule, cancel, and confirm appointments.

    Q: Can I request an extension?
    A: Yes, extensions can be granted on a case by case basis with sufficient justification. Examples of sufficient justification would be illness, family obligations, accidents, etc. Keep in mind, if you have already scheduled an exam within your 120 day window, you must cancel the appointment a minimum 3 days before hand in order to avoid complications. If you do not test during your new testing window of 60-days, you will forfeit applicable fees. You will need to reapply as a new applicant and pay all applicable fees.

    Q: May I withdraw from taking the exam?
    A: Yes. You must submit a written request to AANPCP to withdraw from the exam. As long as your request is received before the expiration of your 120-day testing window and as long as you have not set up your exam, you will receive a refund less a $120 USD processing fee.

    Q: If I fail the exam, what is the waiting period to retake the examination?
    A: Assuming that your final transcript with your degree posted has been received, you will receive a letter explaining the requirements to retake the examination along with your test results. In order to retake your examination you will be required to document completion of a minimum of 15 contact hours of continuing education applicable to your area of weakness, preferably a general review course. These CEs and/or review course must be completed after the date you sat for your exam. Once the requirement is completed you will be able to apply using the Retake Examination Form.

    Q: What should I do if I require special testing accommodations?
    A: AANPCP works with the testing center, Prometric, to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities. If you have a documented disability and/or require special accommodations, you must have your licensed health care provider provide documentation to AANPCP regarding your special circumstance and what will be needed to facilitate your request. Once received and approved by AANPCP, you will need to contact the Special Accommodations Department at Prometric Services (www.prometric.com). Related forms can be found under Certification Documents.

    Q: When can I expect to receive my scores?
    A: When you finish your examination, you will see a preliminary Pass / Fail on your computer screen at the testing center. Some testing centers may be able to provide you a copy of that preliminary screen/result if requested. This copy is not an official document. AANPCP receives scores once weekly from the testing center. If we have your final official transcript showing degree and date conferred, a Pass letter with your exam score and your certificate and wallet card will be mailed to you within 3 weeks.

    Q: How do I sign my name once I become certified? Is there a standard way that is recommended?
    A: Yes, there is a standard way to list credentials after your name. This is especially important because consumers, insurance companies, credentialing, and government officials or entities require or expect it. Academic degrees are listed first because they are earned, are considered permanent, and in most cases cannot be taken away from you. Nurses (RN or LPN) are licensed by the State Boards of Nursing. SBON recognition of the APRN designation will be on your state nursing license and is what you are required to use as your legal credential. National certifications are usually voluntary. When you become certified by AANPCP in 1 of the 3 population-foci (Adult, Family, or Adult-Gerontology), you are able to use the initials NP-C to indicate your certification status. There are exceptions, but in most cases, post-nominal credentials following a NPs name usually follow this order:

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    AANPCP Recertification

    Q: When do I begin my recertification?
    A: You may apply 8 weeks to 1 year prior to the expiration of your 5 year certification period through our website at www.aanpcert.org. The turnaround for recertification by clinical practice and CE can take up to 8 weeks to complete so make sure to submit your application early to avoid lapse. For faster processing, it is best to complete your application fully, with all required documentation, before sending it to AANPCP for review.

    Q: How do I begin the recertification process?
    A: Log in to your online account, update your profile information and select which online application you would like to submit. If you have not created an online account, register as a new user. Please allow 24-48 hours for your new account to link with our database before beginning your application. The option for Certificants to renew via paper application, to be mailed, emailed or faxed, is available for a fee.

    Q: Do I need to be a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) to renew my certification?
    A: No. There are many benefits to membership with the AANP, including a discount on your recertification application, however, you are not required to hold a membership in order to recertify with AANPCP.

    Please note: When you access your online profile, if you are a member of the AANP Membership Organization, your certification username and password is different from your membership login.

    Q: If I want to recertify by examination, will I be required to have a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree by 2015 to be eligible to sit for the AANPCP National Certification Exam?
    A: Current entry-level preparation for NP practice and certification is a graduate degree in nursing. Changing the entry-level terminal degree for NPs from a MSN to the DNP by the year 2015 has been under discussion for more than a decade. It is a recommendation, and AANPCP does endorse the idea of the DNP. However, implementation of such a requirement is complex and is therefore not yet a mandate. AANPCP will continue to offer certification as long as you have a master’s degree, post-graduate (post-master’s) certificate, or doctoral degree from an accredited Adult, Family, or Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program.

    Q: My certification will soon expire, why have I not yet received my Recertification Packet in the mail?
    A: In 2010 AANPCP made the certification and recertification application process available online, giving you the ability to apply online or print off and submit (for an additional fee) a paper application. As a result, AANPCP stopped mailing Recertification Packets to our Certificants. A courtesy postcard reminder is mailed to the Certificants last known mailing address 1 year and again at 6 months before expiration of their current certification.

    Q: My certification is about to expire, however, I never received any notification to renew. Why wasn’t I informed?
    A: Ultimately, renewal of certification is the Certificants responsibility. AANPCP does mail a courtesy postcard reminder, as well as a reminder by email, to the Certificants last known contact address 1 year and again at 6 months before expiration of their current certification. It is very important that you update your contact information with AANPCP during your 5-year certification. Not only for you to be updated regarding your certification expiration, but also to be informed of any changes regarding the recertification process. With the upcoming changes regarding the national Consensus Model, knowledge of new certification requirements and the prevention of lapse in your current certification will be all the more crucial. Please log in to, or create, your AANPCP online account to update your profile information with ease.

    Q: My certification has lapsed, am I still allowed to work?
    A: If you allow your certification to lapse, you will no longer be considered a certified nurse practitioner and cannot use the NP-C credential. State Boards of Nursing regulate APRNs ability to practice, therefore, should your certification lapse it is your responsibility to contact your specific SBON and your employer regarding your ability to work or be credentialed as a NP.

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    Recertification Application & CE

    Q: How many clinical hours and CE credits do I need?
    A: We require you submit a minimum 1000 clinical work hours, working in an APRN Role of nurse practitioner (diagnosing, assessing and treating patients) as well as a minimum 75 contact hours of continuing education (CE) in your advanced specialty area (population-foci). Only clinical work and CEs completed within the current 5-year certification period will be accepted.

    Please note, changes to AANPCPs Maintenance of Certification requirements will be updated in 2014 as implementation of the National Consensus Model for APRNs target date of 2015 approaches. Certificants must keep their contact information updated through their online account so they can be made aware of these changes as they occur.

    Q: May I focus my NP career in a specialty and still receive credit for my clinical work hours?
    A: Yes, as long as you are working in a Nurse Practitioner position (diagnosing, assessing, and treating patients) you may focus your career towards a specialty and still use those work hours towards your recertification.

    Q: How do I submit my CE certificates?
    A: When you apply through the online application, you will be given the option to upload your CE certificates and RN license before submitting payment. You also have the option to mail, fax or email the CEs and license (as well as any additional documentation) separately, for no additional fee. Once they are received, we will attach them to your application.

    Q: I submitted my application online, but did not upload my additional documents. Will I be charged an added fee for mailing my CEs?
    A: No. Once you submit your application online (thereby waiving the $50 USD paper application fee), we will place your application on hold until we receive the required documentation. You may send in your CEs and RN license via mail, fax or email and we will add them to your application at no additional cost.

    Q: Can I take my CE courses online?
    A: Yes. We do not limit where you take your continuing education (CE) courses as long as they are accredited by an approved organization and are related to your work as a nurse practitioner. Although AANPCP does not endorse any specific course, we have provided a small list of organizations who offer online continuing education (CE) courses for your convenience. You can find this below the approved accreditors list under the “Recertify“ tab.

    Q: What is a CE accreditor?
    A: An accreditor is an organization who approves the program or continuing education (CE) course. The following are examples of acceptable Nursing accreditors: AMA, ACCME, ANCC, AANP, AAFP, AACN, etc. You can find an extended accreditors list under the “Recertify“ tab.

    Q: What is the difference between Contact Hours, CMEs, and CEUs?
    A: When entering your continuing education (CE) certificates in to the log, you will be asked the number of contact hours each CE was worth. A CME (continuing medical education) = 1 contact hour. One CEU (continuing education unit) = 10 contact hours, so 0.1 ceu = 1 contact hour, this conversion will usually already be listed on your CE certificate. Keep in mind, your CEs submitted must be relevant to the practice of your APRN specialty. Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) is not acceptable unless it is accredited by a State Board of Nursing or nationally recognized Nursing organization. Remember, continuing education builds on the educational base that one is expected to learn in school.

    Q: Are there a certain number of pharmacology hours I need to submit with my CEs?
    A: Currently, No. We do not break the 75 contact hours into categories (e.g. pharmacology or by specialty) nor do we limit where you receive CE credit (e.g. online courses, conferences, journals, etc.) as long as it is accredited. However, Certificants are encouraged to obtain APRN pharmacotherapeutic hours to show evidence and commitment to continual learning and competency. Many states require pharmacology credits for renewal of licensure.

    Q: I am filling out the CE log, do I need to list every CE certificate I submit?
    A: Yes. It is necessary to have an accurate account of all CE credits. When completing the log, please list the title, date, accreditor, sponsor and credits awarded. If you took multiple CE courses and received a tracker, you may submit that in place of the individual certificates. In which case, when filling out the log, the only information you need to enter is the general tracker.

    Please note: In order for a CE tracker to be submitted in place of the individual certificates, it must contain all the required information (titles, dates, your name, accreditor’s name, sponsor’s name and credits awarded).

    Q: I am currently in school. Can I use my coursework for CE credit?
    A: Yes, graduate level courses are accepted if directly related to the provision of primary care in the Certificant’s population focus. Courses are subject to approval. Each course hour will be equal to 15 contact hours (i.e. a class worth 3 course hours will calculate to 45 contact hours). In order to receive credit you will need to submit a university transcript and course descriptions (upon request) for all classes you want to receive credit from.

    Q: May I use any of my life support courses for continuing education credit?
    A: There are several advanced life support courses that we do accept (e.g. Advanced Burn, Advanced Trauma and Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics). We do not accept ACLS, PALS, BLS or Neonatal Resuscitation Program. Because registered nurses learn BLS or CPR in nursing school, it is not authorized for CE credit for a nurse practitioner.

    Q: Why am I unable to receive continuing education credit for my preceptorship hours?
    A: AANPCP program requirements for certification renewal have, to date, been by appropriate clinical practice hours and continuing education in your certification specialty. AANPCP believes that precepting of students in clinical settings is considered to be a valuable contribution to the profession and contributes to a NPs professional development. Therefore, it is not accepted for continuing education. AANPCP renewal requirements will be updated in 2014. Because AANPCP encourages NPs to precept advanced practice nurses (NPs) and acknowledges the commitment made to the profession, there is a very good possibility that precepting may be considered a category for maintenance of certification in the future.

    Q: Many of my CEs were taken through AANP. Does that mean the AANPCP has them?
    A: No. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is a separately incorporated entity from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP). As such, we do not have the ability to share information and do not have access to your CE certificates. As you would with your other CEs, you will need to supply us with a copy in order to receive credit for it.

    Q: Can I use CEs I received before I took the examination?
    A: No. Only the CE hours obtained within your current 5-year certification period will be accepted for your recertification application. As you were not yet certified, at the time of your examination, any CE certificates you completed would be ineligible.

    Q: My certification will soon expire and I don’t have the required number of CEs. If I take CE courses after it expires, can I use them for my recertification?
    A: No. All CEs must be dated by or before your certification expiration date to be counted towards your recertification. The AANPCP does not accept CEs taken after your certification expiration. If you do not meet the requirement for recertification by CE and clinical work and your certification expires, you will need to apply to take the certification examination.

    Q: If I have already met the requirement for 75 CE contact hours, may I use the additional CEs for my next recertification?
    A: No. Only continuing education (CE) courses taken in the previous 5 year period of certification may be used for a recertification application. Any CE certificate not used towards your current recertification would be outside the 5 year limit of your next recertification, therefore, would only be for your own personal growth and competency as a nurse practitioner. We encourage lifelong learning as a NP, many of our Certificants have obtained and submitted well over the minimum number of CEs currently required for various reasons, including State Board of Nursing requirements. Please note, AANPCP will be changing and updating our renewal requirements in 2014, which will most likely include the possibility of raising the required number of CE contact hours.

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    Associated Fees & Discount

    Q: What fees are associated with Certification?
    A: Current fees are:

    Certification/Retake Exam AANP Members $240 Non-Members $315
    Certification/Retake Exam by Paper Application AANP Members $290 Non-Members $365
    Recertification by Practice Hours & CE AANP Members $120 Non-Members $195
    Recertification by Practice Hours & CE by Paper Application AANP Members $170 Non-Members $245
    Recertification by Exam AANP Members $240 Non-Members $315
    Recertification by Exam by Paper Application AANP Members $290 Non-Members $365
    Practice Exam $50  
    A-GNP Conversion $50
    A-GNP Conversion by Paper Application $100
    Verification Requests $40
    Verification to State Boards of Nursing No charge  
    Replacement Wall Certificate and Wallet Card $20  
    Returned Check Fee $25  

    All fees shown in USD and are subject to change without prior notification

    Q: How can I pay to take the certification exam and/or any related fees?
    A: We accept all major credit cards, money orders, and checks for payments. Please note: There is a $25 USD fee for all returned checks.

    Q: If I am a member of AANP, can I receive a discount on the certification application?
    A: Yes. Members of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners qualify for a $75 USD discount on all certification applications. Please include your member number when completing your application so as to receive the discount. The AANPCP is a separately incorporated entity from the AANP; as such we have very limited access to membership information. Including the membership number on the application is the applicants responsibility, if not listed you will be charged the non-member price. Be aware, your member number will be different from your certification number.

    Q: I already submitted my application, but have just applied for membership with AANP. Can I still qualify for the member discount?
    A: If you apply for membership through AANP within 30 days of submitting your application you can still qualify for the membership discount. Please contact AANPCP, in writing, via email (certification@aanpcert.org) or fax (512-637-0540) with your membership number and a request for the $75 USD refund.

    Q: Can I include my membership dues payment with my application for certification?
    A: Yes, you can. However, your payments must be separated (i.e. if paying by check, write one for the AANPCP certification and one for AANP membership).

    Q: Is there a fee to send a verification of certification to my state board of nursing?
    A: There is no charge to provide initial verification to your state board of nursing.

    Q: I would like additional verifications sent to my employer or potential employer. What is the fee?
    A: The processing fee for verification is $40 USD. Requests can be made online or by paper. Verify a national certification here.

    Q: Will AANPCP automatically notify my state board of nursing or employer of the results of either my certification exam or my eligibility to sit for the exam?
    A: No. State boards of nursing and employers are not automatically notified by us. AANPCP provides verification of eligibility to sit for the certification exam and/or the results of your certification examination only if you request it. A request can be made online at www.aanpcert.org, by paper request found under Board of Nursing Forms & Information, or by completing the form provided by your state board of nursing and mailing it to AANPCP, P.O. Box 12926, Austin, TX 78711 or faxed to (512) 637-0540.

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    Profile Changes & Website Issues

    Q: How do I notify AANPCP of a name change?
    A: You have 2 options. Once you have established an online account with us you may make changes to your online profile at any time. Or you may send a request for a name change to AANPCP via mail, email, or fax, along with a copy of supporting documentation (e.g., court record, marriage certificate) providing proof of name and giving us permission to make the requested name change. Related forms can be found under Forms and Information.

    Q: I am getting married. How do I notify you of a recent name change that will occur during my application process?
    A: Congratulations! If you have already applied for certification, we recommend that it is best not to change your name during your application process. Remember, your name must match on your application, your ATT letter/registration documentation and the forms of identification you are required to take to the testing center. If it doesn’t, you may not be able to sit for your scheduled examination. If you do want your certificate to reflect a new name, then once you have taken your exam and know you passed, you should submit the request and required supporting documentation via email or fax, or change your name online so that your certificate will show your new name. It usually takes 2 business days for name changes to take effect.

    Q: If my certificate or wallet card is lost or destroyed, how do I replace them?
    A: In order to replace your wall certificate and laminated wallet card you will need to submit the Replacement Document Request form found on our website. You may fax or mail the request to our office along with the $20 USD fee. A copy of your wallet card is also available for you to print from your AANPCP online registration account and profile.

    Q: How do I notify you of an address change or email change, and why is this so important?
    A: You may make changes to your online profile once you have established an online account with us by registering on the certification website at www.aanpcert.org. It is extremely important that certificants notify AANPCP of changes to their name or contact information. This will become more crucial as newer developments involving certification and regulatory changes unfold with the implementation of the APRN Consensus Model. It is possible that recertification may not be possible for some APRNs in the future if they allow their certification to lapse, or were not aware of changes to practice or CE requirements. It is the certificant’s responsibility to notify AANPCP of changes to personal contact information. Failure to do so does not relieve a certificant of his or her responsibility to maintain their professional certification. Related forms can be found under Forms and Information.

    Q: I registered for an online account. I am already certified by AANPCP but it says I am not. What is the problem?
    A:The online account is a different area of our database. Your “existing” information has to be “LINKED” to your new registration. To insure accuracy, we do this manually and the process takes at least one business day. If it is not updated correctly in 3 business days, please call (512) 637-0500 during business hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm CST Monday through Friday.

    Q: I am filling out my online application, however, the website is not accepting my information nor does it seem to be saved. What do I do?
    A: Once you fill in a clinical site or a continuing education course you need to click the “add/save“ option before continuing with the application. No matter how many entries you have, if you do not do this, your information will not be saved and you will be unable to complete your application. Should you continue to have difficulties please contact AANPCP at 512-637-0500.

    Q: I have forgotten my password to log into my account? What do I do?
    A: Click on the “Forgot your password” link under the username and password on the LOG IN page and enter the email address associated with your online account. Your password and username will be emailed to you. Be sure to include certification@aanpcert.org in your acceptable email to avoid having our messages sent to your junk folder.

    Q: If I log out, will my application be saved?
    A: Your application will be saved as long as you have enabled the cookies on your computer in your Internet browser. A cookie is a file on your computer that saves internet settings. It is also computer specific. Check to see if your cookies are enabled in your browser so that your application will be saved.

    Q: I have been filling out my application a little at a time, but when I logged in recently all my information is gone. What has happened?
    A: If the cookies in your web browser are activated, the AANPCP website has the ability to automatically save your partially completed application. However, the information can only be saved for 30 days. If you do not return to your application within that window, the information will be deleted and you will have to begin again. Remember, due to these settings, the saving of a partially completed application is also computer specific. If you return to your application on a different computer, it will not have your previously entered information.

    Q: How do I enable my cookies?
    A: This depends on which browser you are using. Most browsers cookie settings can be found under “Tools.” If you continue to have difficulty, you should be able to find step by step instructions through your chosen search engine.

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