The rapid rate of change in the nursing profession requires a conscious effort to maintain competency. When you recertify your NPDA-BC credential, you demonstrate a continued dedication to nursing professional development excellence, an ongoing commitment to specialized knowledge, and a personal commitment to patient safety.
NPDA-BC Recertification Cycle
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.
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
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.
Healthcare-related degree-completion course (e.g. BSN, MSN, DNP, MBA)
Teaching a perioperative-related course for college credit
Visit CCI’s Store to complete professional activity assignments worth Points
Service as a board or committee member
Visit CCI’s Store to gain access to free case studies and best practice exercises worth Points
Develop, implement, and/or evaluate QI, QA, EPB or research projects
Continuing Education Contact Hours and Continuing Medical Education (CME) - AMA PRA Category 1
Visit CCI’s Store to complete free perioperative games worth Points
Attain or maintain accredited perioperative certification
Precepting or mentoring, including new employee orientation
Healthcare-related professional presentations
Visit CCI’s Store to gain access to our collaborative partners’ library of topics worth Points
Authoring and contributing to published articles, poster presentations, and dissertations
Visit CCI’s Store to complete free perioperative reflection exercises worth Points
Non-CE, in-person BLS, ACLS, PALS, and NRP training by the American Heart Association, Red Cross, or Military Training Network
Volunteer service at medically-related, under-served clinics or mission trips
Service on CCI’s test development committees, service on the CCI Recertification Committee, and service as a CCI educational product volunteer
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.
RECERTIFICATION BY PORTFOLIO
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.
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
Learn more about Recertifying your NPDA-BC and meeting recertification eligibility requirements with our complimentary resources.