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PNP Certification

NAPNAP is not a certifying body and does not certify pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs).  

Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

NAPNAP publicly supports the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). 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-Primary Care (CPNP-PC®)
  • Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP-AC®)
American Nurses Credentialing Center 

NAPNAP also recognizes PNPs certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). ANCC offers the following certification for pediatric nurse practitioners:

  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (PPCNP-BC)
PNP Certification Review Courses

NAPNAP offers its certification review courses in conjunction with its national conference in March and symposia in the summer or fall. Get more info about review courses. Review courses are also great opportunities for FNPs looking for a deeper dive into pediatrics.

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