Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN®)

Maintaining your certification

You should be very proud that you’re certified! In order to keep your certification, you need to earn points for renewal through Continuing Nursing Education, Continuing Medical Education, or Academic Education credits or have work published in Publications or give Presentations. Follow this step-by-step guide to maintain your certification.

1. Determine where to log your information.
You will record your points in LearningBuilder.

2. Plan your professional development.
You will need to earn 100 points through professional development activities. For AOCN® certified nurses, at least 65 of the 100 points must be of adult oncology content.

3. Keep all documentation.
We strongly urge you to record your points as they are earned. Keep copies of all grade reports, copies of publications, program descriptions and outlines, in case ONCC asks to review them.

Visit the Resource Center for the following information:

  • Acceptable Approval Bodies/Providers of Nursing Continuing Education
  • Online Continuing Education Resources
  • Websites featuring nursing continuing education
  • Journals
  • Point categories

Continuing Education

View Eligibility Criteria for Certification Renewal

The following eligibility criteria must be met at the time of application.
  1. Current AOCN® certification, and
  2. A current, active, unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the US, its territories or Canada, and
  3. A minimum of 1,000 hours of adult oncology nursing practice within the four years (48 months) prior to application.

Renewing your certification

All ONCC certifications are valid for four years. Renewal candidates must have a current, active, unencumbered RN license. One renewal option is available:

  • Option 1: Practice hours + Professional development points (also known as ILNA Points)

2018 Renewal Fees

2018 AOCN® Renewal Requirements

Total points:
(Renewal Option 1)
100 points – at least 65 must be in adult oncology

Point categories

Certification Renewal Information


When applying for renewal, you must submit both an application and your completed Learning Plan on LearningBuilder.


Online application submission

Fees and Renewal Deadlines for 2018

Log into LearningBuilder

If you are renewing more than one credential at the same time, or if your employer is paying for the renewal of multiple candidates at the same time, you must download and return this form. All other candidates must log in to their profile page and renew online. When applying online, you must submit both your application and completed Learning Plans


Renewals in 2016 and Beyond

ONC-PRO was replaced by the Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) renewal method in 2016.

However AOCN® certified nurses will not take individual learning needs assessment, because there are no current test content outlines (test blueprints) on which to base assessments. AOCN® certified nurses may renew by earning 100 points through professional development activities. At least 65 of the 100 points must be in adult oncology content.

Access your Learning Plan on LearningBuilder 2-4 weeks after you receive your certificate and wallet card.

Note: AOCN® candidates will not take the assessment, but will submit their points for renewal on their learning plan (100 points) on LearningBuilder.

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