Recertification for Certified Neonatal Therapists

  • Recertification is required every 5 years.
  • Recertification must be completed prior to expiration of the 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.

Recertification requirements:

  1. Submission of current licensure/professional credential
  2. 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
  1. 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 $250, 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.

*Certified Neonatal Therapists can track their professional activities toward recertification in the portal (click here to log in).