- Those who fulfill the requirements of neonatal therapy certification™ will earn the credentials of Certified Neonatal Therapist™ CNT™. Certification is valid for 5 years.
- CNTs must apply for recertification prior to expiration of CNT™ designation. CNTs seeking recertification must demonstrate professional credentialing, have accrued 2000 NICU-related practice hours, and obtained 60 hours of NICU-related professional education within the 5-year period of certification. A recertification fee, currently $350, must also be submitted. 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.
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- Recertification application cycles are bi-annual, January 1st-March 31st and July 1st-September 30th , depending on when your certification expires.
If your certification expires January-June, you will need to apply for recertification between January 1st and March 31st of that year. If your certification expires July-December, you will need to apply for recertification between July 1st and September 30th of that year.
Expiration dates will be moved to bi-annual dates of June 30th or December 31st.
- Your certification will remain valid until you hear back from the NTCB provided you applied during the corresponding application period.
- There are two pathways for recertification, clinical hours and education or retaking the exam. The clinical hours and education option includes NICU-related hours. Please see Recertification Requirements for more information.
- The NTCB will notify you within 90 days of your application.
- You can update your contact information by logging into your NTCB profile.
- If you are planning to return to NICU or NICU-related practice at any point in the future, you should maintain your CNT™. Retired status is only for those who are retiring and do not anticipate returning to NICU or NICU-related practice at any point in the future.
- Yes, you are only eligible to apply for CNT™-Retired if your status is current.