Pediatric Nursing Certification Board exam

The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
Rockville, Maryland
Closing date
May 31, 2022

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New Time Limit on
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Certification Exam Eligibility


  • Have you delayed taking your Acute Care or Primary Care Certified
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner exam?
  • Know a PNP colleague or student from the past who hasn’t gotten certified yet?
  • Are you PNP faculty?


We need your help informing others about a Pediatric Nursing Certification
Board exam eligibility change that could impact them.

As a result of PNCB’s recent Continuing Competence and Strategic Plan initiatives related to advancing the competence of nursing professionals who care for children, a change is being made to the Acute Care and Primary Care Certifi ed Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certifi cation exams’ eligibility requirements.

Effective January 1, 2024, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs) must successfully pass the certifi cation exam within fi ve years of graduation. All PNPs who graduated in 2019 or after will be required to meet this exam
eligibility criteria.

Visit to learn more about this policy. If you know a PNP not currently certifi ed by PNCB, please share this important information and ask them to contact



There’s never been a more critical time to earn Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist (PMHS) certification.

In the words of one PMHS, “This certification strengthens my care for patients I’ve known for years as they work through their mental health journeys.”

Make a plan to earn the PMHS credential in 2022, now with 3 testing windows and a live remote proctor option.
Visit to see eligibility criteria, get your exam tool kit, and receive a free practice test.


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