Program Updates

Recertification Lapse

Beginning in March 2020, for individuals who have allowed their certification(s) to lapse and who wish to regain Diplomate status for the certification(s), a fee of $250, per examination, will be assessed following receipt of a passing score on the desired recertification examination(s).

NRC Re-Recognizes CBNC

In 2017 the NRC formally determined that CBNC Diplomates shall remain eligible to become Authorized Users through NRC’s Certification Pathway.To view the official press release, click here.

Examination Administration Vendor

Beginning in 2017 the CBNC Certification and Recertification Examinations will be administered by Pearson VUE testing centers located throughout the U.S. and abroad. To take a virtual tour of a Pearson VUE testing center click here. For additional information about Pearson VUE security and identification procedures click here.

For International Candidates – if there are no Pearson VUE testing centers within a reasonable distance to your location, you may be able to schedule your examination at a Pearson VUE Authorized Test Center, which may be closer. Pearson VUE Authorized Test Centers are privately owned, third-party testing facilities which provide on-site testing for certification and professional licensure exams. Available centers will be listed when you schedule at Pearson VUE Authorized Test Centers usually operate during regular business hours. However, some centers may have evening or weekend appointments available. For test center availability, log in to your Pearson VUE account or find a Pearson VUE representative at

Examination Format and Tutorial

In 2017 the certification examination was revised to be composed of 160 multiple-choice questions. Examinees will have four (4) hours to complete the examination.  Also in 2017, the recertification examination was revised to be composed of 100 multiple-choice questions. Examinees will have two and one-half (2½) hours to complete the examination. Please take a moment to watch the CBNC EXAMINATION TUTORIAL to see the look and feel of the examination. For more information click here.

Program Verification Update Required

Due to a 2017 NRC documentation requirement update,  all Preceptors attesting to the training of CBNC Candidates must submit the 2017 version of the CBNC Program Verification Form. This update was required to ensure that classroom and laboroatory training (CLT) is being administered, attended and documented. As of June 1, 2017 all preceptor letters were marked as expired. Expired preceptors are not in the preceptor database. We update the Preceptor Database as new letters are received. If you do not see your preceptor in our database, a 2017 version of the letter has not yet been provided.

Preceptor Attestation Template Update

Due to updated requirements requested by NRC in 2017, CBNC made important updates to our US Formal Pathway Preceptor Letter template.   *ALL US CANDIDATES MUST USE THIS TEMPLATE OR INCLUDE THIS NEW LANGUAGE IN THEIR SUBMITTED LETTER.*  Previous versions of this letter cannot be accepted. Returning Candidates must present this version of the letter. All other CBNC Candidates are strongly encouraged to use the CBNC templates as they have been crafted to address all the required information needed for approval.