2011 Recertification Frequently Asked Questions
Applying / Enrolling
Q. How can I complete and pay for my recertification application?
a. Complete an online application using a credit card.
Your wallet card will be available immediately.
b. Complete an online application using the paper check, money order or ACH (electronic)
check option. You will print and mail the order confirmation page with your check or
Your wallet card will be available after your payment is processed.
Q. Can you mail me a paper application?
We no longer mail paper applications. If you wish to pay by paper check or money order,
complete an online application then print and mail the order confirmation page with your
Q. I do not have a computer – how can I complete an application?
Public libraries offer free access to computers. You might also want to ask your employer, a
relative, or friend if you could use a computer.
Q. When do I enroll in recertification?
2011 Recert registration begins 10/1/2010 and ends December 31, 2010.
Q. I do not have enough contact hours.
A. You may want to consider combining Professional Practice Learning (PPL) to your earned
contact hours. You can combine clinical practice hours, lecture presentation, preceptorship,
authorship, or poster presentation with earned contact hours to meet your recertification
If you have earned Academic Credit within 24 months of Recert enrollment, you could combine
1 semester or credit hour with 5 accredited contact hours.
If you do not have enough earned contact hours before December 31, 2011 you can enroll to
take a nationally acclaimed Standards Assessment Exam (SAE).
Links to Free CE are also available on our website.
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Q. If I attend a conference that awards more than 15 contact hours, can I use the remainder of
the contact hours the following year?
If you attend a conference earning more than the required amount of contact hours, you may
apply the remainder to the following year as long as the contact hours are earned within 24
months preceding your Recert enrollment application date.
Q. How many contact hours must I document if using the contact hour only option.
You must document 15 contact hours earned prior to submission of your application. Contact
hours must have been earned within 24 months of enrollment.
Q. I am a CPN. What type of contact hours can I use?
Contact hours must be related to pediatrics or professional growth and development
in the nursing field.
Q. I am a CPNP. What type of contact hours can I use?
Primary Care: Contact hours must be pediatric practice related.
Acute Care: Contact hours must be acute care pediatric practice related.
Dual AC/PC: 50% percent must be acute care focused and 50% must be primary care
Q. Do I need to practice to remain certified?
Clinical practice is a recertification option and not a requirement to maintain certification. We
provide a variety of options for you to maintain your certification.
Professional Practice Learning (PPL)
Q. I want to use the contact hour/PPL option. How many contact hours are required and how
You will document 10 earned contact hours and 1 PPL option.
Q. Can I document 2 PPLs and only document 5 contact hours?
No. You must document 10 accredited contact hours with a PPL.
Q. What length of time must a lecture be to count for Professional Learning Practice (PPL)?
At least 1 hour.
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Q. Can a lecture I gave at my hospital count for PPL?
You can use a lecture of at least one hour in length that is sponsored by an educational
institution or employer, that awards CE to attendees and for which you provided learning
objectives and a reference list.
Q. I am a CPN and precept practical nurses at my hospital. Can I use this for PPL?
CPNs can count precepting of RN or BSN students but not practical nurses. These must be hours
spent teaching a clinical component of your practice and not patient charting or teaching
hospital-specific policy and procedures.
Q. I am a CPN and teach RN employees pediatric care on my unit. Does this count as precepting?
CPNs may count precepting of nursing students to meet this Professional Practice Learning
option, but may not count orienting or mentoring licensed nurse employees. Precepting is a
learning activity with an academic objective and is above and beyond your usual job
requirements, similar to attending a conference and earning CE.
Q. What are the guidelines for submitting a scholarly poster for PPL credit?
You will need to be able to demonstrate that your poster was juried (accepted and presented)
by the organization to which you presented.
Q. I am a CPNP and want to use the SAE/contact hour/PPL option. How many contact hours are
required and how much PPL?
You will document 2.5 earned contact hours and 1 PPL option.
Q. I authored an article but not for a nursing publication. Can I use this article for Recert?
The requirement is that the article must be a professional article, using professional references.
Articles included in parenting magazines, etc. can also be counted to meet this requirement.
Q. What is the length of an article that we can use?
There is no set length or word count for an article.
Q. Can I count charting to meet clinical practice hours?
No, clinical practice includes hours spent providing direct care.
Q. What types of courses can I document for academic credit?
Courses must be related to pediatric nursing or nursing leadership. Note: CPNPs can use any
course included in a DNP program. The course can be either a semester or quarter course and
must have been completed within 24 months prior to submission.
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CPNP Standards Assessment Exams (SAEs)
Q. Do past SAEs completed within my current 7-year tracking cycle count toward the new SAE
Yes. The contact hours earned within your current 7-year cycle count toward the 45 contact
hours' worth of SAEs (Primary Care or Acute Care CPNPs) or the 60 contact hours' worth of SAEs for
dually certified CPNPs (in both Primary Care and Acute Care).
Q. What are the new Primary Care SAE topics for CPNPs?
1. Newborn/Genetic Syndromes
2. Cardiovascular Risk, Nutrition and Obesity
Q. What are the new Pharmacology SAE topics for CPNPs?
1. Infectious Disease Pediatric Pharmacology
2. Current Concepts in Pediatric Pharmacology
Q. I am a CPNP. Can I order more than my required number of SAEs and bank for future
Yes, you can order up to 4 SAEs total.
Q. How much will additional SAEs cost?
CPNPs can order additional online modules for $75.
Q. When are SAEs due?
Due dates are determined by order date, type of SAE, and quantity ordered:
o 1 SAE module – answers due 90 days from date of order.
o 2 SAE modules – answers due 120 days from date of order.
o 3 or 4 SAE modules – answers due 150 days from date of order.
o Last PC SAE on paper – 120 days from date of order – SAE will be shipped within 2 weeks
of order date.
CPN Standards Assessment Exams (SAEs)
Q. When are SAEs due?
Your Pediatric Nursing SAE is due 120 days from date of purchase. The SAE reference manual
will be shipped within 2 weeks of order date, and you will complete the answers online by your
personalized due date.
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CPNP Verifications to State Boards
Q. Can I request free verification for more than 1 SBON?
Beginning with 2011 recertification, you can list multiple SBONs and we will send free
verification to each state listed as part of the Recert process.
My CE Tracker
Q. When will the new CE Tracker be available?
We anticipate that My CE Tracker will be available in fall 2010. We will have already recorded
your CE used for recertification history and you can continue to document year-round any CE
you earn once this new tool is launched. You will also have the ability to upload your CE
certificates to the Tracker.
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