- The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) is an independent, non-profit certifying body whose mission is to provide a credible and trustworthy method for evaluating those seeking to begin, continue, or advance in the NP profession. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners was founded in the early 1990s, and it was incorporated as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board, Inc. in 1999. The NP-C credential, which stands for Nurse Practitioner-Certified, was trademarked and registered.
- The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board, Inc. changed its name from the AANP Certification Program (AANPCP) to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board as of January 1, 2017. (AANPCB). All official AANPCB documents and materials will bear the new logo and name.
- A Board of Commissioners (BOC) oversees the AANPCB, which is made up of competent nurse practitioners who represent the certificants and one public member. All significant decisions influencing the AANPCB certification programs and processes are governed by the BOC, which provides input and guidance into organizational choices.
- AANPCB national certification examinations are competency-based exams that assess nurse practitioners’ knowledge and expertise in the job and population they serve.
- AANPCB now offers entry-level certifications in Adult-Gerontology Primary Treatment NP and Family NP, as well as the Emergency NP test, which is a specialty certification for credentialed FNPs with competence in emergency care. Information about eligibility conditions and the application process can be found in the candidate handbooks. The Adult NP and Gerontologic NP examinations have been retired to comply with the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education (2008).
REQUIREMENTS FOR RENEWAL
- Thank you for your interest in AANPCB Recertification. Certificants are encouraged to submit their applications online. For those who prefer the traditional manner, a paper application is available.
- The certification is “temporary.” To renew your certification, you must meet the minimum standards within the 5-year term following your initial certification. Refer to the Recertification Handbook for more details.