ONCC certification is valid for four years. Candidates must apply for renewal several months before certification expires. Certification cannot be renewed after it expires. Nurses whose certification expires have two ways to become certified again. They may reinstate certification, or meet the eligibility criteria for initial candidates and pass the test.
Renewal Fees: view the 2013 Certification Renewal Fees (PDF)
2013 Renewal Deadline Dates – Option 1 (ONC-PRO)
Applications, logs, and fees must be submitted by the applicable deadline date.
- June 15, 2013 –Save $100 off the final deadline fee, and be entered to win one of five lifetime of free renewal prizes.
- September 15, 2013 – Early bird discount deadline. Save $100 off the final deadline fee.
- October 15, 2013 – Final deadline date. Final date to earn ONC-PRO points for 2013 renewal
2013 Renewal Deadline Dates – Testing (Option 2 or Option 3)
Apply by the 2013 Test Application Deadline Dates.
Renewal candidates must have a current, active, unrestricted RN license. In addition, they must meet two of three components required for renewal. These components include practice hours, professional development points (known as the Oncology Nursing Certification Points Renewal Option or ONC-PRO), or successful retesting. There are three recertification options, based on the combinations of these components:
Option 1: Practice Hours + ONC-PRO
Option 2: Practice Hours + Successful testing*
Option 3: ONC-PRO + Successful testing*
What is nursing practice? For certification, nursing practice includes hours or months in a role that must be filled by an RN. Hours worked in roles that can be filled by an individual other than an RN do not qualify as nursing practice. Candidates without practice hours may only recertify using option 3.
* Testing is not available for renewal of AOCN® or CPON® certification.
More Detailed Information
Option 1 (ONC-PRO) – Read ONC-PRO Information, which explains the professional development points.
Option 2 (Test) - Review the current test information for application deadline dates and instructions.
Option 3 (Test + ONC-PRO) – Review both the ONC-PRO and test information.
Read about ONCC’s philosophy on continuing competency.
ONCC sends multiple renewal reminders to certified nurses via mail and email, beginning 12 months prior to expiration. It is important to keep ONCC notified of your current mail and email addresses. Because delivery of renewal notices can't be guaranteed, it is the candidate’s responsibility to renew certification before it expires.