Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification

NAPNAP is not a certifying body and does not certify Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.  

NAPNAP publicly supports the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and appoints a member to the PNCB Board of Directors. This individual holds the position title "Certification Chair" and serves on both the NAPNAP Executive Board and the PNCB Board of Directors. NAPNAP, together with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) chartered the PNCB (formerly the NCBPBP/N) in 1975 as a separately incorporated certification board. Today the PNCB certifies more than 95% of all nationally certified PNPs. PNCB offers the following certifications for pediatric nurse practitioners: Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP® ) and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP-AC®). For more information, visit the website for PNCB.

NAPNAP also recognizes PNPs certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  ANCC offers the following certification for pediatric nurse practitioners: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified (PNP-BC). For more information, visit the website for ANCC.

NAPNAP supports the rigorous national accreditation standards of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA is the designated Accreditation Council of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA).

NAPNAP offers an online PNP Certification Review Course, go to for additional information.