Renewing your certification
All ONCC certifications are valid for four years. Renewal candidates must have a current, active, unencumbered RN license. Three renewal options are available in 2017:
Option 1: Practice hours + Professional Development (ILNA Points)
Option 2: Practice hours + Successful testing
Option 3: ILNA Points + Successful testing
Important renewal deadlines
March 31, 2017: 2016 Reinstatement Application Deadline
June 15, 2017: Enter to win a lifetime of free renewal and get Early-bird application savings (Save $100 off final deadline fee)
September 15, 2017: Early-bird application deadline (Save $100 off final deadline fee)
October 15, 2017: Final application deadline date
Note: 2017 renewal registration will open in late January 2017.
ILNA - Renewal Process for 2016 and Beyond
The first time you renew after passing a certification test, you will use your test score to identify your learning plan. From then on, you will take the free, Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) early in your certification cycle. This will determine the exact number of professional development points and what subject areas you will need to renew your certification. If you are eligible to take the assessment, but choose not to, you may renew by earning 100 points that exactly match the weighting of categories on the test content outline, or by passing the test. (Note: AOCN® and CPON® certified nurses do not need to assess.)
ONCC uses the ILNA method for certification renewal. You will record your points for renewal on your Learning Plan, in a system called LearningBuilder. You can log into LearningBuilder using your ONCC/ONS username and password.
Reinstatement provides the opportunity for nurses who did not apply for renewal by the application deadline date to maintain certification without interruption. For nurses who don’t want to take a test again, or for credentials that don’t have retesting as an option, it is the only way to maintain continuous certification. The deadline date for 2016 Reinstatement is March 31, 2017.