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Accreditation Standards: Examination-Based Certification

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Examination-Based Certification Programs

Organizations submitting application for initial accreditation AND organizations submitting application for reaccreditation of examination-based certification programs on or after January 1, 2017, must use the October 6, 2016, ABSNC Accreditation Standards linked below.

Summaries of standards revisions from August and October 2016 also are linked below.

Please contact the ABSNC office (absnc@nursingcertification.org) with questions about any of the accreditation programs.

ABSNC has created a helpful template for the tables required for accreditation/reaccreditation of Examination-Based Certification Programs (e.g., item writers in standard 8.2; passing point panel in standard 12.2). Download the template here.

Please Note

Regarding Verification of Credentials
ABNS and ABSNC do not verify certification credentials of individual certified nurses. To verify a credential, contact the certifying agency that granted the credential. ABNS and ABSNC do not administer certification programs.

This website contains information specific to specialty nursing certification and is not intended or designed to give medical or nursing advice.

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