Purpose of Recertification and Related Documents
The purpose of certification renewal is to provide a mechanism to assure the public that AANPCB certified nurse practitioners have met current professional standards of knowledge and skills required to maintain their NP certification.
- Certification is time-limited, granted for 5-year periods only, and must be renewed.
- Nurse Practitioners must maintain professional competency based on current information and knowledge affecting their practice.
- Knowledge and skills required for professional and competent NP practice evolve over time.
- Without a process for renewal of certification, a credential’s value may diminish over time.
- Recertification requirements serve to measure and reassure the public of NP continued professional competence.
Renewal of certification is accomplished by either:
- Meeting minimum clinical practice and continuing education requirements established by AANPCB for renewal and maintenance of certification, or
- Sitting for the appropriate AGNP or FNP certification examination. Recertification by examination is not an option for ANPs or GNPs.
Conversion of ANP and GNP Dual-certified NPs
Certificants who are certified as both an Adult Nurse Practitioner and a Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner may complete the application process for conversion of the individual credentials to the A-GNP credential.
Recertification Application and Documents
- Certificants must create or update their Online Profile.
- Certification renewal may be done with an Online or Paper application. Documents may be uploaded to the Online application.
- Steps to complete the Paper Application form:
- Download the appropriate Renewal of Certification Application form.
- Paper applications are fillable PDF forms. Type directly into the application form, then save to your computer. The latest version of Adobe Reader is required. Download Adobe Reader (Free)
- Return the completed application form by fax, email, or mail.
- For additional information, refer to FAQs and the Recertification Handbook [2MB .pdf]
Renewal of Certification by Examination Application [472KB .pdf]
Renewal of Certification State Board Notification [242KB .pdf]
Preceptorship Form [230KB .pdf]
Continuing Education Log [157KB .pdf]