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:

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

Option 2: Practice hours + Successful testing

Option 3: ILNA Points + Successful testing

Renewal deadlines

September 16, 2019: Early-bird application deadline (Save $100 off final deadline fee)

October 15, 2019: Final application deadline date.

March 31, 2019: 2018 Reinstatement deadline (for nurses due to renew in 2018)


See renewal deadlines and fees

Renewal by Option 1 (Professional Development Points) is a two-step process. Submit an online application and your completed learning plan (renewal points in LearningBuilder). Click the Access My Account tab to apply online or access LearningBuilder.

Please allow 8-12 weeks for renewal processing. 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 Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) early in your certification cycle. The assessment will identify the number of professional development points needed for the next renewal and the subject areas where points may be earned. 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 current test content outline, or by passing the test. (Note: AOCN® and CPON® certified nurses do not take an assessment.)

Get ILNA renewal information

You will record and submit your points for renewal in a system called LearningBuilder. ONCC will notify you when you can access LearningBuilder (i.e., after you've passed a test, or taken your assessment, or renewed AOCN, CPON, or AOCNS certification). You'll log into LearningBuilder using your ONCC/ONS username and password. (Note: you cannot login to LearningBuilder until you have a learning plan).

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.