Faculty: Jonathan Zager, MD, FACS
Release Date: 12/31/2014
Each certification granted by the Dermatology Nurse Certification Board (DNCB) is valid for a three-year period. Expiration of certification shall occur uniformly on December 31. Candidates for recertification must meet eligibility requirements for certification:
Recertification candidates must also pay recertification fees, and must meet one of the following criteria:
If the examination option is selected, the candidate may test either one year in advance of the expiration of current certification or the year in which the certification expires. A test enrollment form and fees must be submitted prior to the filing deadline listed on the form.
If the continuing education option is selected, the candidate must submit the recertification application and fee by December 31 of the three-year period.
DCNP recertification by continuing education is obtained by accumulating 60 contact hours with a minimum of 40 contact hours in dermatology during the three-year DCNP certification period. Contact hours do not have to be accumulated in all categories. DCNPs are required to maintain verification of attendance, which will need to be submitted if audited. Any combination of the following activities is acceptable.
The following is a brief description of the continuing education activities approved for recertification by continuing education:
Should a candidate fail to meet the minimum requirements for recertification, the written examination must be taken. A passing score must be attained to be recertified. If the candidate does not attain a passing score, the certification process must start anew with fee schedules as stated in the certification policy.
Candidates not accomplishing recertification at the end of the certification three-year period will have the designation “DCNP” dropped from all records. Continued use of DCNP is inappropriate and at variance with Board policies on recertification.
Certification renewal notices will be emailed to all applicants approximately six months prior to the expiration date. The application deadline for those selecting the examination option is printed on the test enrollment form. Processing of applications received after the deadline for the test examination cannot be guaranteed. The application deadline for those selecting the continuing education option is December 31 of the current valid certificate. Late applications will be processed in order of receipt; however, issuance of the notice of recertification may be delayed beyond the expiration date of the currently valid certificate. It is the applicant’s professional responsibility to maintain certification by monitoring dates and submitting the application for recertification by the stipulated deadlines.
Candidates who submit the continuing education recertification application and meet all of the requirements will receive notification of their recertification within two weeks of the expiration date of their current certification. Applicants for renewal by continuing education who are denied renewal will be sent a letter of notification. The applicant will be informed of the option of the appeals process.
Candidates who sit for the exam will be notified upon receipt of their scores. Candidates who meet all the requirements will receive notification of their recertification within two weeks of the expiration date of their current certification.
A wallet-size card indicating the certified status, identification number, and expiration date will be sent along with a wall-size certificate approximately ninety days from the expiration date of the current certificate or after recertification package is received.
It is the candidate’s responsibility to notify the DNCB office of any changes in their name and/or address during the three-year period since certification/recertification. Notifications for changes on other mailing lists of the association will not affect a change in the certification/recertification records.