Frequently Asked Questions
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.
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is separately incorporated from AANPCP. AANP is a full service membership organization for NP students and NPs of all specialties. AANP provides numerous benefits to members, including access to free continuing education (CE) and reduced registration fees for NP students, candidates, and members attending the AANP National Conference. For more information visit: www.aanp.org.Please be aware that your AANPCP Certification Number is NOT the same as your AANP Membership Number.
Q: What address do I use to mail correspondence or my documents (i.e., CEs, official transcripts, applications, name changes) to AANPCP?
A: Documents should be mailed to: AANPCP, P.O. Box 12926, Austin, TX 78711
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: certified nurse practitioner (CNP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), certified nurse anesthetist (CNA), certified nurse midwife 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:The 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 NP program. 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 not yet a mandate.
Q: Does AANPCP offer Practice Exams?
A: Yes, two 75-item multiple-choice Practice Examinations are available; one is for the FNP exam and the other one is for the A-GNP exam. The fee for each test is $50 USD per use. 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. AANPCP plans to retire the Adult NP exam in 2016.
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 AANPCP certifications (ANP, A-GNP, FNP and GNP) are currently recognized by all states, as well as by Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Administration, and most private insurance companies. The GNP certification has been retired as an entry level certification since 2012. The Adult NP examination will be retired in December 2016. Nurse Practitioners certified as an ANP or GNP should check with the Board of Nursing of the state in which they are licensed to practice for additional information.
Q: Will AANPCP be retiring any certification exams soon?
A: The ANP exam will be retired in 2016, and the GNP exam was retired in 2012. As long as NPs maintain current certification with AANPCP as an ANP or GNP through continuing education and clinical practice hours, and do not allow certification to expire, their credential will not be affected.
Q: I am dual certified as an ANP and GNP. Am I eligible for the Adult-Gerontology(A-GNP)NP certification?
A: Yes, if you hold both an ANP and GNP certification with AANPCP, you have the option to convert your certifications to the A-GNP certification. You will need to complete the Conversion Application and submit the appropriate payment to AANPCP. This can be done through an online application or by paper application (for an additional fee) via mail, email or fax.
Q: I am completing an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP program. Can I take just the Adult certification examination?
A: The area of population focus, such as adult or adult-gerontology, of your education program needs to align with certification. Therefore, graduates of an adult nurse practitioner program, should obtain certification as an Adult NP and those who completed an adult-gerontology primary care NP program, should take the Adult-Gerontology NP certification examination.
AANPCP 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 the NP Curriculum which must include:
Please note: Under certain circumstances, AANPCP may require additional information. A notification email will be sent to you if your application will need further documentation.
***You must register before you have access to the online application***
Q: How can I tell if my NP program is accredited?
A: Your U.S. nurse practitioner 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.). If you are unsure of your NP program’s accreditation contact the Director of your program for this information. Your program may also have their accreditation listed on CCNE or ACEN websites.
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. We encourage you to establish an Online Certification Profile and Account with us. Once you have an account, you may initiate an application for the certification examination, upload the required documents, follow your application progress and view any notes/reminders we may send you regarding your application.
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 approved if the coursework on the transcript meets eligibility requirements. Candidates cannot sit for an examination until after they have completed all didactic courses and clinical practice hours required for their NP program. Examination scores will not be released until 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 all courses and clinical hours in your NP Track are completed. 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 (i.e; didactic courses and clinical hours) 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.
While you may sit for a certification exam once you’ve completed the NP portion of your program, your exam scores will not be released and you will not be certified until 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 an “approved” application mean?
A: An application is “approved” based on submission of all required information and fees, including an official or unofficial transcript. Once approved, the candidate will receive an Authorization-To–Test letter from the testing vendor with instructions for scheduling your exam one week before your program completion date.
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. Other resources are the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. and Nursys.com
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 the official final transcripts in a sealed envelope issued from the school registrar’s office or emailed via a secured website by the registrar. Faxed, unsealed, or tampered transcripts are not official.
Q: After testing, how long do I have to send in my final transcript in order to complete my application?
A: Incomplete applications will be considered abandoned if AANPCP has not received a final official transcript showing the degree has been awarded. Examination scores cannot be released until the final official transcript is received.
The period of abandonment is:
Exceptions to this due to extenuating circumstances (e.g.; delay in completing final DNP project) must be submitted in writing and subject to approval.
Submission of a new application to sit for the National Certification Examination again, along with applicable fees, will be required after an incomplete application has been deemed abandoned regardless of whether the candidate initially passed the exam or not.
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 sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, request that the university send your transcript directly to AANPCP in a sealed envelope.
*The transcript will not be considered official if it is emailed to our organization directly from University email address. Transcripts MUST be sent through a secured website.
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, it will still be considered an official transcript. We will accept unofficial transcripts for processing and approval of an application.
Q: Do you expedite processing of certification applications?
A:AANPCP does not expedite processing of applications. Average processing time for an initial application takes 3 to 6 weeks. This will depend upon receipt of a completed application, with all required documentation and fees. Submitting a complete application will assist in minimizing the amount of time to review the application.
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: Why do I get weekly emails from AANPCP?
A: E–mails are sent weekly to candidates whose application is missing specific information necessary for completion of an application and/or release of scores. If you do not wish to receive these weekly email reminders, you may notify us in writing of this request.
(You may choose to Unsubscribe or opt out of AANPCP automatic email notifications. Please be advised that choosing not to receive emails from our organization will deactivate your email address. You will NOT receive the emailed copy of your approval once your application has been approved. You WILL still receive the hard copy in the mail 7-10 business days following approval.)
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 the application has been approved, you will receive an Approval letter by email and U.S. postal mail from AANPCP. This approval letter will let you know that you have met the requirements and are approved to sit for exam. You will receive a separate Authorization to Test (ATT) letter by email 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 email, 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? 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 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.
*NOTE: Whichever form of ID applicants decide to use, according to Prometrics requirements the ID used for admission to the testing center MUST match the name the applicant provided to AANPCP on their application. The name on the application is sent from AANPCP to ProExam (the test service administrator), and ProExam submits this information to Prometrics (the testing sites center). If there has been a name change between applying for and taking the examination, you will need to provide adequate proof in a timely matter BEFORE we submit the information to Proexam.
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 began 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 not 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. AANPCP reserves the right to deny an extension with reasonable explanation and/or the requirements for requesting an extension have not been met by the applicant.
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 scheduled 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 that relates to your area of weakness, a general review course is highly recommended. 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. 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 / Not Pass 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 all required paperwork and fees, including your final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred, a Pass letter with your exam score and your certificate and wallet card will be mailed to you within 3 weeks. Otherwise, AANPCP will not release the score results until all required paperwork and fees, including your FINAL transcript, showing the degree awarded, is received.
Q:I am preparing to take the exam. In general, which clinical guidelines should I study?
A: In any given year, the certification examinations being administered will have undergone test construction and validation in the previous year, using references and clinical guidelines that were available at the time. For example, examinations written in 2014 – that are offered in 2015 – will reference clinical guidelines that are available at the time of exam preparation (e.g.; JNC 8 guidelines for the 2015 exams).
Q: When do I begin my recertification application?
A:We recommend that you apply for recertification at least 8 weeks prior to your certification expiration date. Applications can be submitted up to, but no sooner than, 1 year prior to expiration date. There is an additional $50.00 processing fee for faxing or mailing a paper application. The turnaround for renewal of certification by clinical practice and CE can take up to 8 weeks to complete so make sure to submit your application early to avoid expiration of certification. 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, which includes sending it by postal mail, email or fax, is available for a fee. Many Certificants apply online and upload all their documents to save the $50 processing fee.
Q: I have a CE Tracker that lists my continuing education courses. How do I enter the Tracker into my application?
A: Trackers are a convenient way to enter CEs. They may be entered as a one line entry into the online log. Many educational companies provide a list of the programs you have completed. Some examples include AANP CE Center, Audio Digest, Medscape, PriMed and there are several others. The tracker must have your printed name and the program title, date completed, accreditor and credits awarded. All of this information can be entered in the online log as a one line entry.
Q: If I took CEs through the AANP, do I need to provide a list of the CEs?
A: Yes. AANP is a separate organization, and AANPCP does not have access to the AANP CE information. Any non AANP certificates would need to be included.
Q: Where can i find acceptable, accredited, and independent continuing education organizations that provide NP CE contact hours?
A: You may refer to the list of organizations provided under the "Recertify" tab. Note: the list does not imply endorsement by AANPCP, nor does it reflect in entirety all possible CE provider organizations.
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 AANPCP certification username and password is different from your AANP 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. At 1 year and again at 6 months prior to the certification expiration date, a courtesy postcard and email reminder are sent to the Certificant’s addresses on file with AANPCP. As a result of these actions, AANPCP stopped mailing Recertification Packets to our Certificants.
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 receive these reminders 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, new certification requirements and renewing your current certification before expiration 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 expired, am I still allowed to work?
A: AANPCP Certification is for a 5 year period. To remain certified, Certificants must renew their certification before the expiration date. If you allow your AANPCP certification to expire, you may not use the NP-C credential and may not present yourself be an AANPCP-certified nurse practitioner. State Boards of Nursing regulate APRNs ability to practice, therefore, should your certification expire it is your responsibility to contact your specific SBON and your employer regarding your ability to work.
AANPCP 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.
*If you are sending in CE’s in addition to a complete application that HAS NOT already been submitted online, there will be a an additional paper application fee applied.
Please note, changes to AANPCPs maintenance of Certification requirements will be implemented in 2017. Certificants must keep their contact information updated through their online account so they can be made aware of these changes as they occur. For those who will recertify after 2016, the number of required clinical hours will increase from 75 to 100 contact hours and 25 of those CEs will need to be pharmacology credits. The option to include preceptor hours will also be available after 2016.
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 CE courses for your convenience. You can find this below the approved accreditors list under the CE Opportunities tab on our home page.
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 CE Opportunities tab on our home page.
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: is 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. In 2017, AANPCP will implement new criteria for recertification, and pharmacology CEs will be required. The total number of CEs will increase from 75 to 100 contact hours, with a minimum of 25 pharmacology credits required.
Q: I am filling out the CE log, do I need to list every CE certificate I submit? Can i submit a CE tracker?
A: Yes,we need a list of the continuing education courses/programs and the certificate of attendance. When completing the CE log, please list the title, date, accreditor, sponsor and credits awarded. Many Certificants use an electronic CE log or tracker, which simplifies the entry process. If you have a CE log/tracker, you may submit or upload that document with your application. If you have an account with an organization or company that provides a CE log/tracker for you, such as AANP, Medscape, Prescribe Letter, or with an NP education company, you may submit that electronic tracker. If the tracker provides a hyperlink to the CE certificate, then you do not need to submit the individual certificates. 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) and have a hyperlink to the certificate.
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 hour of semester course credit equals 15 contact hours (i.e. a class worth 3 course hours will calculate to 45 contact hours). 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: Am I able to receive continuing education credit for my preceptorship hours?
A: Current requirements for certification renewal do not include credit for being a preceptor. In 2017, AANPCP will implement new criteria for maintaining certification. At that time, Certificants will have the option to replace up to 25 continuing education credits with 120 hours of preceptor hours. Visit www.aanpcert.org for updates on the Recertification requirements for Certificants who are due to recertify after 2016.
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. An official CE tracker from AANP will also suffice.
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 certification period.
Q: If I recertify early, e.g. 6 months before my certification expires, does my certification date change to the date that my recertification is approved?
A: No. Your certification date will stay the same. However, any continuing education credits you obtain will only count AFTER your certification begins. Not from the time we approved your recertification since the certification dates will stay the same.
AANPCP Verification & Fees
|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|
|A-GNP Conversion by Paper Application||$100|
|Verification to State Boards of Nursing||No charge|
|Replacement Wall Certificate and Wallet Card||$20|
|Returned Check Fee||$25|
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. If the AANP membership number is not on the application, you will be charged the non-member price. Remember, your AANP member number will be different from your AANPCP 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 (email@example.com) or fax (512-637-0540) with your membership number and a request for the $75 USD refund.
Q: Can I include my AANP membership dues payment with my AANPCP application for certification?
A: No. AANPCP and AANP are separate organizations and do not share databases or membership information. If you need to renew your AANP membership and need to submit payment, you need to send your payment directly to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners at 901 S. Mopac Expressway, Bldg. 2 Ste. 450, Austin, TX 78746.
Q: Is there a fee to send a verification of certification to my state board of nursing?
A: There is no fee to provide verification to your state board of nursing. See the State Board of Nursing Notification Form to download.
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 in several ways:
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. Change of Name or Address Request 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 your names on these documents do not match, 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 within 24 hours of taking the test with the required supporting documentation via email or fax, or change your name online in order for your certificate to show your new name. It usually takes 2 business days for name changes to take effect.
*Please Note: If the name change is not made in a timely manner and we have already processed your certification packet, there may be a $20 USD fee to make the change and produce a new certification packet with the changes printed on it.
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 loging into your Online Profile. 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 expire, 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. Change of Name or Address Request 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Capital Station, LBJ Building
P.O. Box 12926
Austin, TX 78711-2926
For Overnight Delivery ONLY:
2600 Via Fortuna, Ste 240
Austin, TX 78746
Main (512) 637-0500
Fax (512) 637-0540
E-mail RN license, Unofficial Transcripts, etc. to: Certification@aanpcert.org
E-mail Official Transcripts ONLY to: Transcripts@aanpcert.org
Office Hours: 8:30-4:30 CST