Guidelines For Recertification Through Continuing Education For Clinical Nephrology Technology And Biomedical Equipment Nephrology

Application Deadlines
In order to be acceptable, applications must be postmarked no later than the deadline specified for the expiration month on your reminder letter. If you wish to receive your new certificate prior to you expiration date, then you must submit your application one month prior to your expiration date. For example, an expiration date of 1/31 would require that NNCO receive your application by 12/31.

Qualification Criteria
To apply for NNCO recertification through continuing education, 30 contact hours (CH) related to the practice of nephrology technology must be submitted for consideration. A maximum of 15 CH may be from employment in the nephrology business network. All CH must have been completed during the four years prior to the candidate's certification renewal date and may be accumulated in any combination of the following:
  1. Continuing Education Programs. These may include workshops, seminars, professional development offerings, home-study courses, and local, regional, state or national conferences. The CH provider/sponsor must be identified sufficiently to allow a reviewer to recognize the organization. Use state abbreviations, names of nursing organization, names of hospitals, colleges, etc.
  2. Employment. Each year of employment in the nephrology business network will be considered as 3.75 contact hours. A maximum of 15 contact hours will be eligible.
  3. Online Practice Test. Take the Online Practice Test in Biomedical Nephrology Technology or the Online Practice Test in Clinical Nephrology Technology and submit a copy of the Test Completion Report. Go to http://www.ptcny.com/clients/NNCO/index.html for detailed information. Completion of the Online Practice Test will be considered as 2 contact hours.
  4. Writing Test Questions. Write and submit with your Recertification Application multiple-choice test questions appropriate for the NNCO Certification Examinations. Submission of 5 test questions will be considered as 2 contact hours. Submission of 10 test questions will be considered as 4 contact hours. A maximum of 4 contact hours will be allowed for the submission of test questions.
All CH information must be listed on the Application for Recertification through Continuing Education for Clinical Nephrology Technology and Biomedical Nephrology Technology and must include date, program title, CH provider or sponsor, and number of CH awarded. Candidates will be notified of application evaluation within six weeks following the anniversary of the original testing date. If criteria are deemed fulfilled, a new four year certificate, effective as of the renewal date, will be issued to the CBNT or CCNT.
Applications for Recertification must be postmarked prior to the deadlines specified for the expiration months shown above.

Recertification may be denied for failure to meet the criteria of 30 CH, falsification or misrepresentation of CH information, failure to apply before the deadline, or failure to verify CH information when proper documentation is requested. All applications are subject to potential audit. Applications will be randomly selected for audit. Copies of certificates will be requested. Selection of Applications for audit will be made upon their receipt, and the candidate will receive written notice of the audit at that time. It is suggested that all CH material be retained for at least one year after recertification.
The Appeals Committee of the NNCO provides the appeal mechanism for challenging the denial of recertification. It is the responsibility of the candidate to initiate the process in writing.

Any candidate who fails to achieve recertification by CH will be allowed to apply for the examination if it is within the recertification renewal date. Certification does not lapse until the examination results are determined. Once certification has lapsed or if a candidate does not meet CH renewal requirements or fails the examination, the candidate must start the certification process from the beginning by meeting current eligibility requirements.
Applications for Recertification through Continuing Education for Clinical Nephrology Technology and Biomedical Nephrology Technology are available from NNCO c/o Professional Testing Corporation, 1350 Broadway, 17th Floor, New York, New York 10018, (212) 356-0660, ptcny@ptcny.com.