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

Important renewal deadlines

March 31, 2018: 2017 Reinstatement Deadline

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

October 15, 2018: Final application deadline date


See all renewal deadlines and fees


Please allow 8-12 weeks for processing of your renewal application and learning plan. Although that seems like a bit of a wait 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. 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.)

Get ILNA renewal information

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.

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.