Why you should maintain your certification

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

Renew your certification

All ONCC certifications are valid for four years. Three renewal options are available. In addition to the requirements for each option, renewal candidates must have a current, active, unencumbered RN license.

Option 1: Practice hours + Professional Development (Points)

Option 2: Practice hours + Successful testing

Option 3: Points + Successful testing

Renewal deadlines

March 31, 2021: 2020 reinstatement deadline

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 after passing a certification test, use your test results report to identify the subject areas in which you need to earn points for renewal. After each time you renew by 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.

Get ILNA renewal information

You will record and submit your renewal points in LearningBuilder. ONCC will notify you when you can access LearningBuilder (i.e., after you've passed a test, taken your assessment, or renewed AOCN®, CPON®, or AOCNS® certification). Log into LearningBuilder through your ONCC Account. (Note: you cannot login to LearningBuilder until ONCC notifies you).

Continuing Competence & Certification Renewal

The purpose of ONCC’s recertification program 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 a current level of knowledge in the specialty represented by their credential and requires certified nurses to continue those activities essential to the maintenance of knowledge required for their level of practice and certification in the specialty.

Learn more about continued competency.