Why should you maintain your certification?

Oncology nursing is a dynamic specialty. The knowledge and skills needed to provide cancer care can change. Maintaining certification indicates your knowledge is up-to-date and reflects current practice.

Renewal options

All ONCC certifications are valid for four years. Three renewal options are available for most credentials - Option 1 is most commonly used. To renew, you must have a current, active, unencumbered RN license and meet the requirements for the specific renewal option.

Option 1: Practice hours + Professional Development (Points)

Option 2: Practice hours + Successful testing

Option 3: Points + Successful testing

Renewal deadlines

September 15, 2021: Early-bird application deadline (Save $100 off final deadline fee)

October 15, 2021: Final application deadline date.

See renewal deadlines and fees

Renewal Application Instructions

Applying for certification renewal 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.

ILNA - Renewal Process 

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The first time you renew your certification after passing a test, use your test results report to identify the number of points needed for renewal and the subject areas where you can earn points. Then, shortly after each time you renew using professional development points, you will take the Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) as the first step in preparing for the next renewal. The assessment will identify the number of points needed for renewal and the subject areas where points may be earned. It's best to take the assessment as soon as possible after you renew, to provide maximum time to earn points.

Get ILNA renewal information

Record your renewal points in LearningBuilder

You will record and submit your renewal points in LearningBuilder. ONCC will email you when you can access LearningBuilder (i.e., after you've passed a test, taken your assessment, or renewed AOCN®, CPON®, or AOCNS® certification). Access LearningBuilder by logging in (above, right) and clicking My Account. (Note: you cannot login to LearningBuilder until ONCC notifies you).

Continuing Competence & Certification Renewal

The purpose of recertification is for ONCC certified nurses to demonstrate continued competency by practicing in their specialty and enhancing their knowledge following initial certification. Recertification seeks to assure the public that certified nurses have maintained current knowledge in the specialty represented by their credential. Recertification requires certified nurses to continue those activities that are essential to maintaining the knowledge required for their practice level and specialty certification.

Learn more about continued competency.