ONCC certification is valid for four years. You must apply for renewal by the application deadline dates – several months before your certification expires. You cannot renew certification after it expires. If you miss the renewal application deadline date you have two ways to become certified again. You may reinstate your certification, or meet the eligibility criteria for initial candidates and pass the test.
Renewal Application Deadline Dates
2013 renewal application deadline dates have passed. Nurses whose certification expires in 2013 may apply for reinstatement until March 31, 2014.
Option 1 (ONC-PRO) - These deadlines apply in the year renewal is due:
- September 15 – Early bird application deadline. The fee is $100 less than the final deadline fee (savings included in the published fees).
- October 15 – Final deadline date. Last date to earn ONC-PRO points and apply for renewal
Option 2 (Testing) or Option 3 (Test+ONC-PRO)
2013 Test Application Deadline Dates – apply by the test deadline.
Renewal Fees – 2013 Renewal Fees
Renewal Eligibility Criteria
– Review the renewal criteria for your credential
Note: For certification, nursing practice includes hours or months worked 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 renew by Option 3.
Candidates 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 ONC-PRO: Practice Hours + Professional development points
Option 2 Testing: Practice Hours + successful testing*
Option 3 ONC-PRO+Testing: Professional development points + Successful testing*
* Testing is not available for AOCN® or CPON® renewal. AOCN® and CPON® certification may only be renewed by Option 1.
Continuing Competency - Read ONCC’s philosophy on continuing competency related to certification renewal.
Renewal of Multiple Credentials in the Same Year
Candidates who are renewing multiple certification credentials in the same year by Option 1 or Option 3 must meet the eligibility criteria for each certification. Candidates renewing multiple credentials in the same year by Option 1 or Option 3 may use the same set of ONC-PRO points, provided those points meet the criteria for renewal of each certification. The fee to renew multiple certification credentials in the same year by Option 1 or Option 3 is $100 more than the prevailing fee for the desired renewal option. Candidates renewing multiple credentials in the same year should apply using a paper application form, located in the Applications and Forms section.
Renewal Notices – ONCC sends certified nurses multiple renewal reminders by mail, email, and phone. It is important to keep ONCC notified of your current contact information at all times. Because delivery of renewal notices can't be guaranteed, it is the candidate’s responsibility to apply for renewal of certification before the required application deadline date. If you have unsubscribed from bulk emails, or use a workplace email address you may not receive email messages as intended. Please use a personal email address, or request your employer not block ONCC emails. Also, be sure to check your spam or junk mail folders regularly for communications from ONCC.