Option 1 Renewal allows you to earn points for certification renewal by completing professional development activities, such as continuing nursing education (CNE), continuing medical education (CME), academic education, publications or presentations. You are not required to complete specific type of activity.
You will track and enter your points using LearningBuilder, an online tracking tool. ONCC will notify you when you can access LearningBuilder. Keep documentation of the points you earn, such as CE certificates, detailed program descriptions, or grade reports with your test results report or assessment results so you can access the information easily when entering points in LearningBuilder. It is not necessary to upload these documents into LearningBuilder.
Time Period to Earn ILNA Points (Accrual Period)
- Candidates renewing certification for the second or subsequent time after testing must take the assessment before earning points for renewal. Points may be earned until the date you submit your renewal application and renewal points. Your application and points must be submitted by the final renewal application deadline date. That means all points must be earned by the final renewal application deadline.
- Candidates renewing certification for the first time after testing may submit points earned from the date they pass the test through the date the renewal application and points are submitted. All points must be earned by the final renewal application deadline.
- AOCN®, AOCNS® and CPON® renewal candidates may submit points earned since their last renewal. (AOCN®, AOCNS® and CPON® renewal candidates do not take an assessment.)
- If you are eligible to take the assessment, but do not do so, you may renew certification by submitting 100 points that exactly match the subject areas and weighting of the current test content outline. If submitting 100 points that match the test content outline, points may be earned from January 1 of the current certification period through the date the application is submitted. All points must be earned by the final renewal application deadline. Contact ONCC to have a 100-point plan created for you.
Now that you know where you need to earn points for renewal, follow these steps to find, earn, and apply points for renewal.
Step 1: Find Points
Most nurses earn points for renewal by completing continuing education activities. However, you may also earn points through academic education, professional publications and presentations. See below to figure out how many points you can use toward your renewal based on what kind of activities you completed.
Continuing Education (Continuing Nursing Education & Continuing Medical Education)
Points Awarded: 1 contact hour = 1 ILNA point
- CE programs must have been provided by or formally approved for contact hours by an accredited approver of continuing nursing education or continuing medical education. Points are awarded for completing an eligible educational activity one time during the accrual period. No points are awarded for completing the same activity (with the same content) more than once during the accrual period.
Records to Keep: Keep the CE certificate awarded by the provider. The certificate must include an accreditation statement or provider number, your name, the title and date of the CE offering, and the number of contact hours awarded. Keep the program outline or other material that describes the program content. You may be requested to provide documentation for specific ILNA points claimed.
Points Awarded: 1 academic credit = 15 ILNA points
- Points are awarded for completing academic courses that address the subject area(s) acceptable for renewal points as identified by the learning needs assessment or test results report. You do not have to be enrolled in a degree program. Courses must be provided by accredited colleges or universities. A grade of "C" or higher must be achieved for each course.
Records to Keep: Keep a copy of the grade report(s) and course description(s) provided by the school for each course completed. Transcripts may be submitted in place of grade reports. The grade report or transcript must include the your name, title of the course(s), date the course(s) attended, and the grade(s) earned. If your application is selected for audit, you will be required to provide this documentation.
Points Awarded: 1 hour of presentation = 3 points; Poster presentation = 3 ILNA points.
- Points are awarded for educational presentations made to nurses, healthcare providers, or the public. The presentation must be delivered within a structured framework of teaching/learning. The presentation content must address a subject area(s) on the learning needs assessment or test results report. Presentations or lectures that are part of your job expectations may not be submitted for points (i.e., presentations made to institution staff by a staff educator).
- Points are awarded only for the first time a presentation/poster is given. No points are awarded for repeat presentations of the same material. Note: In the case of multiple presenters, you may claim points only for your portion of the presentation. For example, if 3 nurses present a 1-hour panel discussion, each nurse may claim one point.
Records to Keep: Keep a copy of the program(s) or proceeding(s) that list your name as a presenter and the title, date, and length of your presentation(s). If your application is selected for audit, you will be required to submit copies of this documentation.
- Points are awarded for items published in books, journals, professional newsletters, or electronic media for which you were an author, editor, or peer reviewer. Only publications of content that address the specific subject area(s) identified by the learning needs assessment or test results report are acceptable. Points are not awarded for materials that are "in press."
- Points Awarded: Points for joint authorship are determined by dividing the total number of points for the publication by the number of authors.
- Book, author or editor (300 pages or more) – 60 points
- Book, author or editor (less than 300 pages) – 40 points
- Book chapter (more than 15 pages) – 25 points
- Book chapter (15 pages or less) – 20 points
- Doctoral dissertation – 10 points
- Master's thesis, unpublished – 10 points
- Original research article, peer-reviewed journal, lead author – 20 points
- Original research article, peer-reviewed journal, co-author – 15 points
- Original journal article, peer-reviewed journal, lead author – 15 points
- Original journal article, peer-reviewed journal, co-author – 10 points
- Guest editor for journal issue – 20 points
- Article, non-peer reviewed journal, any medium – 5 points
- Journal column – 5 points
- Editorial in peer-reviewed journal – 5 points
- Book review – 5 points
- Multimedia Educational aids – 5-10 points (depending on length and content)
- Research abstract – 5 points
- Article in newsletter or magazine, more than 1000 words – 5 points
- Article in newsletter or magazine, 250-1000 words – 3 points
- Journal reviewer – 1 point per article
- Editorial board member – 1 point per column edited
Records to Keep: Keep a copy of each publication. If your application is selected for audit, you will be required to submit a copy of short publications or a copy of the title page, the page showing the date of publication, and table of contents where your name is listed as an author for longer publications.
Step 2: Apply Your Points
Once you complete a professional development activity, apply the points to categories in LearningBuilder. Use your best nursing judgment. Here are some helpful tips to determining which category your professional development fits in.
Decide what an offering is about at a high-level. You attended the session/course, so you are the best person to decide which subject area fits.
Here are some examples to start. Need more examples? Check out these sample topics by ILNA category.
|This session was an introduction to Immunotherapy.|
Applicable categories by credential:
|Reducing Compassion Fatigue|
|Discusses the effects of compassion fatigue on the nurses and ways to combat it.|
Applicable categories by credential:
|Reducing Cancer Risk in Women|
|Describes how to lower cancer risk in women. Outlines the recommended screenings by age group for women and the prevalence of cancer by age group.|
Applicable categories by credential:
Step 3: Enter Points
Enter the points you earn for renewal in LearningBuilder. You will submit your points when it is time to apply for renewal - the year your certification expires.
- Access LearningBuilder by logging into your account.
- Once logged in, click on My Account.
- Click on "Enter Renewal Points in LearningBuilder."
- Use your ONCC/ONS username and password to log into LearningBuilder.
- Once logged in, click on "My Cycle"
- To enter points, click on the Add Activity button.
- A window will open to select the activity type (e.g., continuing education, presentation, publication, etc.)
- Enter details about the activity, such as title, provider, date completed, etc.
- Select the subject area(s) where the points apply.
- Save your entry by clicking the Submit button in the lower right corner. This will add the activity.
Need a step-by-step guide to LearningBuilder? Check out the User's Guide to LearningBuilder.
Step 4: Apply for Renewal
Applying for certification is a two-step process.
1. Submit your points in LearningBuilder.
2. Submit a renewal application by clicking on My Account and selecting: Renew my Certification.