Renewal Eligibility Requirements & Fees

PCCN (Adult)
  • Renewal by Synergy CERPs

  • Renewal by Exam

The Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) program encompasses a wide spectrum of learning topics and activities such as research activities, preceptorship, committee involvement, leadership responsibilities and volunteer activities. CERP learning topics and activities are listed in the PCCN Renewal Handbook.

Eligibility Requirements
  • • A current, unencumbered U.S. RN or APRN license is required. An unencumbered license is not currently being subjected to formal discipline by any state board of nursing and has no provisions or conditions that limit the nurse’s practice in any way.
  • • Completion of 100 CERPs is required, with a minimum of 60 CERPs in Category A and 10 each in Categories B and C, plus 20 in the category of your choice.
  • • Clinical practice hours are required. Practice as an RN or APRN for 432 hours in direct care of acutely ill adult patients during the three-year certification renewal period, with 144 of those hours accrued in the 12-month period prior to the scheduled renewal date is required.
  • - Eligible hours are those spent actively providing direct care to acutely ill adult patients – or supervising nurses or nursing students at the bedside of acutely ill adult patients, if working as a manager, educator, preceptor or APRN.
  • - All hours must be completed in a U.S.-based or Canada-based facility, or in a facility determined to be comparable to the U.S. standard of progressive care nursing practice.
  • • For complete eligibility requirements, refer to the PCCN Renewal Handbook.

AACN Members

$120

Nonmembers

$200

For renewal by exam, you must meet eligibility requirements for renewal and successfully apply for, take and pass the exam before your scheduled renewal date. Refer to the PCCN Exam Handbook for the current test plan and to the Certification Exam Policy Handbook for exam scheduling and testing information.
Eligibility Requirements
  • • A current, unencumbered U.S. RN or APRN license is required. An unencumbered license is not currently being subjected to formal discipline by any state board of nursing and has no provisions or conditions that limit the nurse’s practice in any way.
  • • Take and pass the PCCN Adult exam before your scheduled renewal date.
  • • Clinical practice hours are required. Practice as an RN or APRN for 432 hours in direct care of acutely ill adult patients during the three-year certification renewal period, with 144 of those hours accrued in the 12-month period prior to the scheduled renewal date is required.
  • - Eligible hours are those spent actively providing direct care to acutely ill adult patients – or supervising nurses or nursing students at the bedside of acutely ill adult patients, if working as a manager, educator, preceptor or APRN.
  • - All hours must be completed in a U.S.-based or Canada-based facility, or in a facility determined to be comparable to the U.S. standard of progressive care nursing practice.
  • • For complete eligibility requirements, refer to the PCCN Renewal Handbook.

AACN Members

$135

Nonmembers

$215

Synergy CERPs Overview

Following is a summary of how CERPs are categorized in the Renewal by Synergy CERPs program. The three categories (A, B and C) cover a range of topics organized by the Synergy Model. A total of 100 CERPs, with a minimum number in each category, is required. Click on a category below to access available continuing education activities.

Active Renewal Options

At renewal time, eligible PCCN certificants may seek an active certification renewal option. Those certificants who no longer meet eligibility requirements may select an alternate option. Only one option may be selected.

Alternate Options

Status change options for certificants who no longer meet renewal eligibility requirements for active certification. Only one option may be selected.

Renew

A current, unencumbered U.S. RN or APRN license, minimum number of clinical practice hours caring for acutely ill adult patients, and CERPs or exam are required.