NPDA-BC Recertification Cycle

Recertification Cycle

Application Process

NPDA-BC Recertification Steps


Confirm your recertification eligibility (this differs from certification eligibility)


Complete professional development activities or portfolio during your accrual period


Submit recertification application, documents, and pay fee


Begin next 5-year certification cycle


Recertification Eligibility Requirements

The following recertification eligibility requirements must be met at the time of application:

  • Hold an active NPDA-BC credential.
  • Hold a current, unrestricted RN and/or APRN license in a state or territory of the United States or hold the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Be currently employed in a NPDA-BC role and have a minimum of 4,000 hours of active practice at the NPD specialist level within the last 5 years; practice settings include any practice or learning environment.



Accrual Period

Your accrual period is the time period in which you must complete recertification activities. It begins on January 1 of the year you became certified or recertified and continues through December 31 of the fifth calendar year.

Enter your initial certification year or last recertification year in the table below to calculate your accrual period.

Calculate Your Accrual Period

My Accrual Period
Recert Year
Jan 1 of Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Dec 31 of Year 5
Recertify Jan 1 - Dec 31
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Dates populated are dependent on the accuracy of the certification or recertification year you entered. For personalized information, please log into your CCI account or contact us.

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Recertification Methods

Determine which recertification option is right for you. If recertifying by points, complete professional development activities during your five-year accrual period.


Recertification by Professional Activity Points

Engage in eligible professional activities during your accrual period to earn points toward your recertification. Earn 200 points in any of these categories. The remaining 100 points is awarded for successful completion of CCI’s Responsibility Table providing evidence of ongoing advanced NPD practice maintenance within six NPD responsibility areas. Applications for recertification must be submitted by December 31 of your recertification year to prevent your credential from lapsing.

For complete details on points activities, please review the NPDA-BC Handbook.

Free Professional Points Activities

As your partner in recertification, CCI offers resources to simplify the process of completing your professional activities. A portion of the total 300 points requirement (200 points) can be met by completing free points activities available in the CCI Store.

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Recertification by NPDA-BC professional portfolio demonstrates fulfilment of each NPD role and responsibility, and application of NPD specialist competencies. Exemplars and activities in the portfolio exceed routine, entry-level practice, and challenge candidates to contribute to the art and science of NPD practice at an advanced level. This certification method provides a unique opportunity for the candidate to reflect on professional interests and contributions to the nursing profession and the NPD specialty through advanced NPD practice.

For complete details on recertification by portfolio, please download our NPDA-BC Handbook.

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NPDA-BC Emeritus Status

Retiring or ineligible advanced NPD practice nurses may preserve their NPDA-BC credential with a one-time application for Emeritus status. Apply for NPDA-BC(E) by logging into your CCI account and completing the online application.


Recertification Application and Fees

Recertification candidates may submit the online application beginning January 1 of the year they are due to recertify. An important reminder, credential-holders already have a CCI account. If you need assistance accessing your account, please contact us.

Professional Activity Points
Early Bird
Jan 1st - July 1st
Standard Pricing
July 2nd - December 31st
Professional Portfolio
Early Bird
Jan 1st - July 1st
Standard Pricing
July 2nd - December 31st
Early Bird
Jan 1st - July 1st
Standard Pricing
July 2nd - December 31st
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Recertification Resources

Learn more about Recertifying your NPDA-BC and meeting recertification eligibility requirements with our complimentary resources.

NPDA-BC Hanbook

NPDA-BC Handbook

The complete guide on the NPDA-BC credential including eligibility requirements.

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Free Educational Activities

Earn points with our complimentary professional activities.

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CCI Staff Support

CCI's nursing staff is available to answer questions about eligibility or the recertification process.

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