ANCC Certification

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Every year, thousands of students graduate from nursing school with a certification that allows them to pursue the nursing career of their dreams. Usually, the first step toward these dreams is a nursing certification exam.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is one of the most well-known organizations that provide these certification and credentialing exams. To help you prepare for your ANCC certification exam, check out the free practice tests and other resources below.

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ANCC Certification Renewal

To maintain your ANCC certification, you will need to go through the renewal process, which may include completing a certain number of continuing education (CE) hours, verifying clinical practice hours, and meeting other specific criteria outlined by ANCC. Typically, you will need to renew your ANCC certification every five years.

The exact details of the certification renewal process may differ depending on your certification, but you will generally have to meet the following renewal eligibility requirements:

  • You must hold a current RN license in the US
  • You must hold a current ANCC board certification
  • You must complete the mandatory 75 continuing education hours
  • You must complete at least one of the eight certification renewal categories
  • Certification Renewal Categories
    1. Continuing education hours
    2. Academic credits
    3. Presentations
    4. Evidence-based practice, quality improvement project, publication, or research
    5. Preceptor hours
    6. Professional service
    7. Practice hours
    8. Test or portfolio
  • You must pay the renewal fee

It is essential to start the renewal process well in advance of your certification expiration date to ensure that you have ample time to complete all requirements and documentation.

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ANCC Certification Verification

Verifying your ANCC certification is a standard practice that helps prevent certification fraud and is often a requirement for maintaining legal compliance.

To verify your certification, you will need to visit the ANCC website and request verification for each certification you have. After your request is processed, your verification will be mailed via USPS or sent via email.



What is ANCC certification?


ANCC certifications provide credentials for nurses in specialty practice areas.


How long does it take to renew ANCC certification?


The renewal process generally takes about 30 days to complete.


How do I check my ANCC certification?


To check/verify your certification status, visit the ANCC website.


How long is ANCC certification good for?


Generally, your certification will remain valid for five years.

By Kate Nockunas

Kate has been Mometrix’s Nursing and Medical Editor for over four years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Vanderbilt University, a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Marymount University, and a master’s degree in Education from Johns Hopkins. Kate is a critical care registered nurse who still works occasionally in the ICU and PACU.


by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: October 30, 2023