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 2018:

Option 1: Practice hours + Professional Development (ILNA Points)

Option 2: Practice hours + Successful testing

Option 3: ILNA Points + Successful testing

Renewal deadlines

September 15, 2018: Early-bird application deadline (Save $100 off final deadline fee)

October 15, 2018: Final application deadline date


See renewal deadlines and fees

Please allow 8-12 weeks for processing of your renewal application and learning plan. Although that may seem like a bit of time from submission to notification, each application and learning plan must be carefully reviewed. That review can be time consuming because of the attention to detail required, and the high volume of applications received near deadline dates. We appreciate your patience.

ILNA - Renewal Process 

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The first time you renew after passing a certification test, you will use your test score to identify your learning plan - the points you need for renewal. From then on, you will take the free, Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) early in your certification cycle. This will determine the 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 subject areas on the test content outline, or by passing the test. (Note: AOCN® and CPON® certified nurses take an assessment.)

Get ILNA renewal information

You will record and submit your points for renewal in a system called LearningBuilder. You can log into LearningBuilder using your ONCC/ONS username and password.

Log into LearningBuilder


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.