Candidates who pass the Certification Examination for Nurse Life Care Planners or who are approved for the reciprocity method (as per handbook) are eligible to use the registered designation CNLCP® after their names and will receive certificates from the CNLCP® Certification Board.
Certification for Nurse Life Care Planners CNLCPs is recognized for 5 years at which time the candidate must retake and pass the current Certification Examination for Nurse Life Care Planners or meet such alternative requirements in effect at that time in order to retain certification.
A registry of Certified Nurse Life Care Planners will be maintained by the Certified Nurse Life Care Planner (CNLCP®) Certification Board and may be reported in its publications.
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CNLCP Recertification Criteria
Certification for Nurse Life Care Planners is recognized for a period of five (5) years at which time the candidate must retake and pass the current Certification Examination for Nurse Life Care Planners or meet such alternative requirements in effect at that time in order to retain certification. The CNLCP recertification criteria includes verrification of sixty (60) continuing education units (i. e., CEU's or credit hours) in nurse life care planning, or completion of a Board-approved nurse life care planer core curriculum, or commpletion of at least twelve (12) academic semester credits of nursing coursework related to nurse life care planning at the licensee's current level of licensure or higher.
Applications for Recertification along with appropriate documentation supporting the completion of the above CNLCP® Certification Board recertification criteria is to be submitted as follows:
- Completed application and fees must be received by December 1 (if renewal is January), March 1 (if renewal is April), June 1 (if renewal is July) or September 1 (if renewal is October) for the year of renewal.
- Verified with a Provider Certificate Of Course Completion that includes verification of the course hours. The Certificate Of Course Completion should also include the name of the Course Provider, Course Title, Provider Number, Date, and Location of Course.
- Candidate must maintain an active, without restrictions, RN license throughout the certification period of five years (This is in Handbook)
- If recertification application is delinquent within 30 days of its expiration there is a late fee of $200.00. The late fee is added to the recertification fee of $375.00 for AANLCP® members/$575.00 non-members (as per handbook).
- If recertification application is over 30 days of expiration, the candidate is no longer able to use the designation of CNLCP and must submit to retesting at the full testing fee of $425.00 members/$625.00 non-AANLCP® members. To become a member, go to www.aanlcp.org.
- Candidate is responsible for maintaining a file of Certificates of Attendance/Course Completion and all continuing education units for five (5) years from date of their certification.
CNLCP Credit/Continuing Education Requirements
The CNLCP® Certification Board points of credit renewal system is designed to encourage professional development. It allows the CNLCP to select from a variety of educational activities that meet professional and personal needs and to renew the CNLCP credential a total of 60 points of credit are needed every 5 years for renewal. Candidates maintain their actual documentation of CEUs, however, they MUST, fill out the forms completely with all the information requested. If there are questions regarding the courses taken, the Certification Board may ask for a copy of the Certificate of Completion.
Credit Hours for Recertification can be earned through:
- Category 1: Continuing Education Hours: One hour (60 minutes) of approved nursing continuing education pertaining to life care planning = 1 contact hour. Examples of courses* that would be approved: Life Care Planning (SCI, TBI, prosthetics, amputations, burns, chronic pain), Nurse Case Management, Medical/Health, Nursing process. Course outlines should be submitted to the CNLCP® Certification Board for review/approval of contact hours 90 days prior to the application for renewal.
- Category 2: Academic Credit: Verification of the twelve (12) academic semester credits of nursing coursework related to nurse life care planning. Course semester outlines should be submitted to the CNLCP® Certification Board for review/approval of contact hours 90 days prior to the application for renewal.
- Category 3: Presentations: 1 contact hour for one hour (60 minutes) each of presentation for which national or state approved continuing education has been granted to participants to a maximum of 10 per 5 year renewal period. Presentation outlines should be submitted to the CNLCP® Certification Board for review/approval of contact hours 90 days prior to the application for renewal.
- Category 4: Publications or Research: Publications or research related to a nurse life care planning article should be submitted to the CNLCP® Certification Board for review/approval of contact hours 90 days prior to the application for renewal.
- Category 5: Item Writing / Test Questions: 1 contact hour for every 5 questions submitted that are supported by evidence based nursing/medical references for a maximum of 10 contact hours per 5 year renewal period. Questions with reference supported answers should be submitted directly to the CNLCP® Certification Board through website or email.
- Category 6: AANLCP® Executive Board or CNLCP® Certification Board or Association Committee participation: 10 contact hours per year with documented or verified annual participation will be awarded. Participation is defined as 85% participation on the committee. The maximum points of credit that can be earned are 20 points in a 5 year period.
Note: Any program or credits that are in question should be submitted to the Certification Board 90 days in advance of any recertification date so that the above criteria can be verified.
MSA/MSP Courses: The Medicare Set-Aside and Medicare Secondary Payer courses typically do not include nurse life care planning methodology or content in their programs and, therefore, they would not meet the course requirements for CNLCP continuing education.