Recertification for Certified Neonatal Therapists
- Recertification is required every 5 years.
- Recertification application cycles are bi-annual, either on January 1st through March 31st, or July 1st through September 30th , depending on when your certification expires. If your certification expiration is in the months of January through June, you will need to apply for recertification between January 1st and March 31st of that year. If your certification expiration is in the months of July through 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.
- 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 other neonatal therapists
- 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 $350, 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 three months.
*Certified Neonatal Therapists can track their professional activities toward recertification in the portal (click here to log in).