Recertification must be completed prior to expiration of current certification period.
Failure to recertify prior to the expiration date of the current certification period will result in non-certified status. Those with non-certified status who wish to become certified will initiate the process again, including submitting an application and taking the certification examination.
Recertification applicants will submit documentation to support the requirements for recertification through their established applicant portal.
Submission of current licensure/professional credential
Completion of a minimum of 2000 hours of NICU-related practice over the 5-year certification period, which may include:
Direct patient care in the NICU
Teaching or clinical instruction
Mentoring therapists seeking certification
Professional presentations (i.e. presentations to residents or nurses, conference presentations)
Research, quality improvement, and/or publication
NICU program development
Leadership/boards/advisory teams related to the NICU
Developing/training/testing new products for NICU infants, families and/or neonatal therapists
60 hours of professional education related to NICU clinical practice over the 5 year certification period
Examination is not required for recertification for those who submit 2000 NICU-related practice hours and 60 hours of professional education related to NICU clinical practice.
Retaking the certification exam is an option for those who do not submit 2000 NICU-related practice hours and 60 hours of professional NICU-related education.
A recertification fee, currently $200, is required at the time the applicant completes his/her recertification application. This is the fee for either submitting practice and education hours or for retaking the examination.
Review of the recertification application will take up to one month.